Kennett Middle School art on display at Brandywine River Museum
● By Steven Hoffman
Artwork produced by more than 160 students from Kennett Middle School is on display at the Brandywine River Museum of Art as part of the museum’s “Votes for Women: A Visual History” exhibition.
The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which granted women the right to vote.
This visual history exhibition, which fills the first floor gallery at the museum, includes drawings, illustrations, posters, photographs and costumes. It examines the visual culture of the suffrage movement and is on display until June 7.
As part of the show, the art department of Kennett Middle School was invited by the museum to study the Suffrage Movement and produce small posters relevant to the era.
Art teachers Maryanne Uhl and Amanda Clapp undertook the project by first educating their students about women’s suffrage with a PowerPoint presentation and then leading them in producing the art pieces.
Uhl said the students were then helped to search out images online and then rummage through printed materials to get what they needed for their work. The project took about five weeks in total, Uhl said.
The many posters were then sent over to the museum, framed, and hung for display. The work covers the walls of the downstairs ground level gallery and will remain through May. The posters show advocacy for women’s suffrage through the students’ eyes in several media, ranging from pencil sketches and collage to painting and photography.
A reception was recently held for the students, their friends, and their relatives to come and see the show. It included refreshments and musical entertainment by the Kennett High School String Quartet. There was a large turnout, with many of the student artists brought along their parents and grandparents.
Liesl Mahoney, the Associate Educator for School and Family Programs at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, said shows like this one featuring work by students from nearby schools are presented three times a year.