29 Jan FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Phoenix Elementary School District #1 Launch February Art Exhibit
Jackson Pollock-Inspired Art Created by Valley Youth on Display Throughout February.
PHOENIX (Jan. 24, 2018)— FOUND:RE Phoenix, located at 1100 North Central Avenue, announces its February in the Studio art exhibit, The Jackson Pollock Show, in collaboration with the Phoenix Elementary School District #1. The exhibit kicks off with a special reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on February 2, in conjunction with the Phoenix First Friday Art Walk, and will remain through February 25.
The exhibit will represent art created by students throughout the K-8 district, with many of the pieces from students in the 4th through 8th grades. According to John Avedisian, the co-curator for the students’ Jackson Pollock Show at FOUND:RE and the director of the Arts Program at the Phoenix Elementary School District #1, “We’ve been celebrating the life and art of Jackson Pollock for more than 15 years, as he is one of the most notable alumni of our district. We are very lucky to have an administration that really supports these programs — from art, music, band, dance, and theatre — and takes the continued education of the arts very seriously.” The district art program teaches students the history and life of Pollock, alumni of Monroe School, which now houses the popular Children’s Museum of Phoenix, making this upcoming exhibit significant to the Phoenix area.
Avedisian worked closely with Michael Oleskow, the FOUND:RE’s cultural curator, to develop the exhibit, which will include a special presentation about Jackson Pollock by keynote speaker Helen Harrison, director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, who will be flying in from New York for the exhibit’s launch and reception. “I had visited the FOUND:RE gallery before and thought it would be a great place to have a student exhibit,” says Avedisian. “When I approached Michael about it he was in favor, and we are thrilled and honored that Helen will be joining us to speak.”
Oleskow admits that he didn’t initially realize the connection between the artist and the valley. However, he says, “When I learned that Pollock had attended elementary school here in Phoenix, I thought, ‘what a really fun idea for everyone involved, especially the students.’’
The complimentary reception takes place on February 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and by checking availability at the front desk on weekends.
For more information about FOUND:RE Phoenix and the ever-evolving art program, please visit www.foundrehotels.com. For regular updates, please follow along on social media, Facebook: FOUND:RE Phoenix, Twitter and Instagram: @foundrephx.
About FOUND:RE Phoenix: FOUND:RE Phoenix is a 105-room hotel with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel enhances the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, MATCH Restaurant & Cocktails. FOUND:RE Phoenix is an affiliate of Worldhotels, a global group of independent, upscale hotels with nearly 500 hotels in 250 destinations and 65 countries worldwide.
About Phoenix Elementary School District #1
At Phoenix Elementary School District #1, we provide a 1st Class Education Within Reach. Our 14 schools are in the heart of Phoenix. We are right in your neighborhood and accessible by Phoenix Light Rail. We are free. We are public education! We deliver strong academics while integrating the arts, physical education, athletics and noncompetitive club sports. We provide all the support services for our students from special education to gifted education, free breakfast and lunch, a top-rated before and after school program for children of working parents, as well as nurses, social workers and psychologists to insure all needs are met. For more information, visit phxschools.org or call 602-523-5757.