The Path Taken

“The Queen and His King” by Jayda Rhodes will be showcased as part of student artwork being featured in the “The Path Taken” exhibit opening Friday at ArtSeed in New Albany. 

NEW ALBANY — A number of up-and-coming artists will be showcased in ArtSeed’s “The Path Taken” exhibit opening Friday and running through Aug. 31.

The gallery’s latest show features artwork created by ArtSeed interns and New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.’s award-winning student artists.

The student artworks are drawn from the 46th annual NA-FC Secondary Schools Art Show and Competition that was held in late April to mid-May at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany.

Award winners were selected by a panel of independent artists and former art educators, including Julie Schweitzer, executive director of ArtSeed, a venue for artists to live, work, and collaborate with organizations and businesses in the community

“They are getting to exhibit in a professional gallery, which is a really big thing for any artist,” she said. “The kids are really excited about that.”

The artists may not yet be professionals, but many of the works they’ve created rival those of their better-paid peers.

“Some of the students from the art show are doing professional-level work,” Schweitzer said. “There are just some absolutely incredible pieces. We have amazing art teachers and every year they have increased the quality.”

Two-dimensional award-winning artworks are included in the second phase of the Platform 22 Popup Galleries at Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park on Lewis Endres Parkway in New Albany.

Included are the winning 2-D Best of Show Award winners from grades six through 12, 2-D First Place Award winners from grades 10 through 12, and the 2018 Indiana 9th Congressional District Art Competition Winner.

Platform 22 launched this spring as Floyd County’s first public arts project. It combines history, education and fine art in a series of art installations in nine public parks and two public buildings.

Each winning 2-D piece was printed on a large metal plate and installed at the park.

“Other artists who are ArtSeed artists are on panels in the other parks,” Schweitzer said. “We thought it’d be a great opportunity for the students to be part of that.”

“The Path Taken” exhibit at ArtSeed features the original 2-D works, along with the award-winning 3-D artworks.

ArtSeed’s artist internship program offers aspiring artists an opportunity to learn the business side of art. Interns collectively manage exhibit installations, events, education programs, media and press, allowing them to build relationships that will serve them as professional artists.

Four interns will exhibit. Cody Presley, a printmaker, will exhibit some lithographs, while Sarah Nasr’s art panel portraits feature encaustic painting using pigments suspended in wax. Gracie Koesters, a high school freshman will show sculptures, while Indiana University Southeast freshman Emma Schad’s work is made up of drawings.

“Some of these interns have been with me for a while,” Schweitzer said. “And since ArtSeed is a for-profit, some of them are actually working with me now.”

“The Path Taken” exhibition opens Friday with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at ArtSeed, 1931 E. Spring St., in New Albany.

Other upcoming ArtSeed events include the installation of student-created sculptures in a native-plant garden at Scribner Middle School, and the dedication of a Little Free Library.

Collaborating with Schmitt Furniture, ArtSeed has already created and installed three of the “take a book, return a book” book exchanges in Clark and Floyd Counties.

On Saturday at noon, a repurposed newspaper box will be dedicated as a Little Free Library in Jeffersonville’s Allison Brook Park at 1701 Allison Lane. The box was created by students of Jeffersonville art educator Angie Wolf — Emily Bahan, Kelci Bastin, Kylie Bercot, Cayce Dean, Nicole Gomez, Kaitlyn Harvey, and Isabella Siebert.

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