Education program

Studio art students at BPS City Honors work on inflatable sculptures inspired by the work of teaching artist, Benjamin Entner. The Exhibition of final works opened on January 18, 2018 at City Honors School.
Laylah Ali gives a guided tour through her exhibition, Paintings and Drawings, with art students from the Nichols School.
As part of Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber's HARP residency at Hallwalls, the entire 9-piece ensemble performed for and with BAVPA students in the school's main auditorium.
Hallwalls' Education Program is conceived of as an outgrowth of our organization's existing programming. Whenever possible, we invite exhibiting artists and musicians (both past and present) to visit arts students in high schools and secondary schools across the region. Based upon our knowledge of individual teachers or specific courses, we aim to connect classrooms with artists whose work is aligned with their existing curriculum. We welcome visiting student groups to the gallery and are always keen on giving informal talks about our current exhibition and Hallwalls' own history. In addition to our ongoing, open studio visit sign-up, we regularly organize studio visits with MFA graduate students at various colleges and universities including the University at Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology and University at Rochester.

The value we see in connecting students with contemporary working artists and their work is that those experiences have the potential to inspire creativity, encourage critical thinking, and add value to a student's engagement with the arts in the future.

Most recently in 2017, Hallwalls began collaborating with the high school studio art classes at Buffalo City Honors, inviting two individual artists to both present their work and help students fabricate large-scale projects inspired by that artist's use of materials and the particular contemporary issues they address. Students have been working on inflatable sculptures based on the work of Rochester artist, Benjamin Entner. A project with Vandana Jain (Brooklyn, NY), whose solo exhibition at Hallwalls opens this spring, is in its nascent stages.

Some recent and upcoming Education events:

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Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

from Jan. 10, 2020
through Feb. 28, 2020

Sarah Sutton
Knots and Pulses

This exhibition by Ithaca-area artist Sarah Sutton will feature a series of monochromatic oil paintings that combine representational imagery with distortions and abstractions that create scenarios in flux. They are essentially landscape paintings, but Sutton's treatment of the landscape toys with its sense of space and the notion of the built vs. the natural environment.

Katie Bell
Abstract Cabinet

Katie Bell’s exhibition is a site-specific installation conceived of as a one-act drama starring anonymous artifacts. Functioning like a theatrical set, the gallery holds static characters that reference the interior architecture of corporate and commercial spaces. Sculptural objects are often fractured or untethered to a contextual structure. Functioning as a whole, the individual artefacts are a nod to players on a stage, held captive in space and time.