Advanced Studio Art Class Visits New York City

Friday, January 10, 2020

Students in Sydney Caretti’s Advanced Studio Art class visited New York City January 10-12 to experience the sights, sounds, cuisine, and art of New York. This is the sixth year Caretti, an arts faculty member and director of galleries at Mercersburg Academy, has taken students on this trip.​ 

L-R: Taylor Chepren '21, Maggie Betkowski  '21, Jay Howley  '21, Lucy Bowman  '21, Stanley Fang  '21, Virginia Jones  '21, Nai'a Jurgensen  '21, Clara Getty  '21

The eight students (all 11th graders), along with Caretti, are started their visit at The New Whitney Museum and walk along the High Line, where they’ll explore galleries in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. In the evening they headed up to Broadway to see a show and take in the lights of Times Square.

On Saturday, students participated in a three-hour live figure drawing session at The Minerva Foundation for Figure Drawing Inc. in the Lower East Side. The group visited established artist John Willenbecher '54 at his home and studio in Tribeca, where they viewed his private collection as well as his personal artwork and learned about his life journey from a student at Mercersburg to a professional artist in NYC. The group attended a performance art show and dinner followed by an intense, immersive and collaborative exercise.

The trip concluded with a visit to Chelsea’s West 25th Street Outdoor Flea Market, which features vintage clothing and furniture, artisan jewelry, and elaborate stories from the vendors. 

“This trip is an exciting launching pad of artistic possibilities that the student artists may not have been aware of and hopefully a lightning bolt of inspiration for their personal, visual expression,” said Caretti. “Being affiliated with Mercersburg, we are afforded opportunities to expand and connect beyond campus. We are fortunate to have such kind and generous alums in the arts who welcome us and help us to see and grow.”

Students enrolled in the class include Virginia Jones ’21, Jay Howley ’21, Lucy Bowman ’21, Maggie Betkowski ’21, Nai’a Jurgensen ’21, Stanley Fang ’21, Clara Getty ’21, and Taylor Chepren ’21.