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The Ichabod Crane District-wide Art Department is committed to enriching our students’ lives through the study and experience of art making. We offer students a diverse program based on the history of art, individual personal expression, critical thinking and creative problem solving. Students are exposed to a wide range of media, including tempera, charcoal, ceramics, and computer graphics as they learn skills such as contour drawing, linear perspective, ceramic slab construction, and mixed media collage.
Art education challenges students to use multiple criteria while creating artwork and promotes cultural understanding and global awareness when students respond to art history. In creating art, students build confidence through self-expression, visual communication, and self-knowledge. The art classroom environment encourages interpersonal skills and collaboration as students integrate ideas, materials, and resources into their work.
Ichabod Crane graduates have attended top art schools such as Rhode Island School of Design, New York School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, FIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Center for Art and Design at the College of St. Rose, and Massachusetts College of Arts to name a few. Graduates of ICC are now working in the fields of fine arts, art history, architecture, industrial design, fashion, textile design, graphic arts, film, children's book illustration, art education, and art therapy.
Chatham Fair School Art Exhibit
Portfolio Reviews at Sage College of Albany
Winter Walk Student Art Exhibit at Hudson Opera House
Columbia-Greene Community College Juried HS Art Exhibit
Art Club Empty Bowls Supper at ICHS
Art in 3 Dimensions Exhibit at Mohonasen HS
Empire State Plaza Art Exhibit (K-8)
Media Arts Exhibit at Bethlehem HS
Regional High School Juried Art Exhibit at the College of St. Rose
Juried High School Art Exhibit at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
Olde Kinderhook Fair ICCSD Art Exhibit
(March 28, 2017) At the March 24 reception for the 2017 HS Regional Juried Exhibit at the Opalka Gallery at The Sage Colleges, Alexis Graham's ceramic sculpture Swollen Reef received The Lory Tansky Award! Alexis received one of the four major awards announced at the reception, and she was presented with a $100 gift certificate for Arlene's Artist Materials. This is the second year in a row that an Ichabod Crane student has won an award at this very selective annual juried exhibit. Congratulations to Alexis!
(March 21, 2017) The Ichabod Crane Central School District Art Department is pleased to announce that 10 artworks by Ichabod Crane High School art students have been selected for the 18th Annual Regional HS Juried Exhibition being held this year at the Opalka Gallery at The Sage Colleges, 140 New Scotland Ave. in Albany. The show will be displayed until April 23, 2017. Learn More
(March 1, 2017) Nine ICHS students were selected to exhibit their artwork at the 2017 Art in Three Dimensions exhibit at the Mohonasen Art Gallery at Mohonasen High School, on display from Feb. 27 - Mar. 17, 2017. Students whose ceramic work will be shown are: Mary Bartkus, Tamara Canelli, Emily Canuteson, Brittany Futia, Alexis Graham, Nicole Lewis, Katherine Ploss, Erin Pulver, and Cassidy Smith. A reception and presentation was held for the students and their families on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Congratulations students! See Photos
(Feb. 14, 2017) Five students from Ichabod Crane CSD have artwork included in the "Represented" exhibit that is currently on view at The Charlton School in Burnt Hills, NY. As a high school for young women, The Charlton School has the unique circumstance to exhibit a solely female art show representing girls across the Capital Region as creators of art. Their artwork will be on display through Feb. 28. Learn More
(Jan. 26, 2017) Two ICHS students were chosen to exhibit their artwork at the 2017 Juried Art Show at Columbia-Greene Community College. Leah Meredith's "Geometric Bloom" ceramic sculpture and Isabelle Tennier's contrasto design "Skull" will be on display at The Foundation Gallery from Jan. 24 - Feb. 24, 2017. Congratulations Leah and Isabelle! See Their Artwork
(Nov. 15, 2016) Three Ichabod Crane High School art students attended Portfolio Day at Sage College in Albany on Nov. 10. Sorrel Rowley, Isabel Tennier and Emily Canuteson experienced portfolio reviews with College Admissions representatives from competitive art schools and universities. Learn More
IC wins 1st Place Grades 6-12; Student Itzel Rivera Wins Individual Artist Award
(Updated Sept. 2, 2016) At the school artwork display at the Columbia County Fair in Chatham, which runs August 31 through Sept. 5, Ichabod Crane took 1st Place for Grades 6-12 and Sculpture student Itzel Rivera won an Individual Artist Award for her Altered Book!
Over 100 works of art by Ichabod Crane students district-wide are on display in the Little Red Schoolhouse through Labor Day. A wide variety of subjects, media, techniques, and art historical references are illustrated throughout the exhibit. ICMS Art Teacher Jessica Mascolo installed the district's display. Hope you will get a chance to stop by to appreciate the fine artwork and unique visual expression of each IC student in this exhibit.
(April 18, 2016) Twelve artworks from ICHS students were selected to be a part of the 2016 Capital Region Media Arts Festival that runs though April 22 at at the Bethlehem Gallery located in Bethlehem Central High School. Congratulations to the following students who have artwork in this exhibit: Emily Canuteson, Hannah DeWeerd, Erika Donnelly, Michael Foote, Emily Goldman, Ryan Jennings, Jason Pesce, Sorrel Rowley, Tara Sager, and Mikayla Weaver.
This Festival is sponsored by the Capital Area Art Supervisors, the New York State Art Association, and hosted by Bethlehem Central School District. There are 192 works on display from 17 school districts. This festival was developed and organized to provide students with a venue to explore and share their creative efforts in the media arts. A reception will be held on Thursday, April 21 from 6-7 p.m. with awards at 6:30 p.m.
(April 11, 2016) At the reception for the 2016 HS Regional Juried Exhibit at Albany Center Gallery, Leah Meredith's ceramic sculpture Tornado received the Lory Tansky 3D Juror's Award! An IC student has never before been chosen for an award at this very selective annual juried exhibit. Learn More
(March 24, 2016) The Ichabod Crane Central School District Art Department is pleased to announce that six artworks by Ichabod Crane High School art students have been selected for the 17th Annual Regional HS Juried Exhibition being held this year at the Albany Center Gallery, 39 Columbia Street, Albany. The exhibit will open to the public on April 1 and a reception will be held for students, friends, and family on Friday, April 8 from 5 -7pm with awards at 7 p.m.. The exhibit will continue through April 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 12 -5pm. Learn More
Shawn Coons' ceramic sculpture wins Honorable Mention Award
(Updated March 31, 2016) The Ichabod Crane High School Art Department is pleased to announce the artwork of three students has been selected for the 27th Annual Questar III High School Invitational Art Exhibit at Hudson Valley Community College in the Marvin Library Learning Commons, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy. Congratulations to Chloe Chandler (grade 11), Shawn Coons (Grade 12), and Margaret Gibson (Grade 12)! At the Opening Reception & Awards held on March 30, IC senior Shawn Coons' ceramic sculpture "Erosion" (shown here) won an Honorable Mention Award. He created the piece in the Advanced Ceramics & Sculpture class.
(March 24, 2016) The Ichabod Crane Central School District Art Department is pleased to announce that six artworks by Ichabod Crane High School art students have been selected for the 17th Annual Regional HS Juried Exhibition being held this year at the Albany Center Gallery, 39 Columbia Street, Albany. The exhibit will open to the public on April 1 and a reception will be held for students, friends, and family on Friday, April 8. The exhibit will continue through April 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 12-5pm.
Congratulations to the following ICHS students who will have their artwork on display: Michael Anderson, Mary Bartkus, Emily Canuteson, Jacob Kolb, Leah Meredith and Isabelle Tennier. Learn More
(Feb. 4, 2016) Six ICHS students were selected to exhibit their artwork at the 2016 Art in Three Dimensions exhibit at the Mohonasen Art Gallery at Mohonasen High School, on display from Feb. 1 - Feb. 25, 2016. Students whose sculpture and ceramic work will be shown are: Mary Bartkus, Zaria Keith, Jacob Kolb, Leah Meredith, Mackenzie Spross, and Cameron Tiernan. Congratulations students! See Photos
(March 10, 2016) Nineteen (19) Ichabod Crane students will have their artwork on display at the seventh annual K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection Exhibit. These artworks will be exhibited at the Empire State Plaza from March 5-20 on the South Concourse, closest to the Madison Avenue entrance. This year’s exhibition is representative of over 1100 works from12 surrounding Capital Region school districts. Learn More
(Feb. 4, 2016) The Ichabod Crane High School Art Club raised over $1,100 for the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry at the Empty Bowls Supper Tuesday night. Special thanks to Todd DiGrigoli (our Master Chef) and Amy O'Donnell (our Cafeteria Hostess), Hannaford Supermarket for all the food to make the soup, Samascotts Orchards for apple cider, and the Kinderhook OK-5k Race Committee's Donation to buy clay and glaze. Thank you to everyone who supported Empty Bowls this year! Learn More
(Feb. 4, 2016) Two ICHS students were chosen to exhibit their artwork at the 2016 Juried Art Show at Columbia-Greene Community College. Sorrel Rowley's "Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Night" digital artwork, and Emily Canuteson's photography "Slurp" will be on display at The Foundation Gallery from Jan. 26 - Feb. 26, 2016. Photos of the students and their work were taken at the reception for the artists on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Congratulations Sorrel and Emily! See Photos
(Sept. 24, 2015) On Sept. 21 & 22, ICHS art students toured the El Anatsui exhibit at The School - Jack Shainman Gallery in the former MVB building. El Anatsui is a contemporary artist from Ghana who recently won The Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. Jack Shainman sponsored this field trip for our art students, which is being additionally funded by a donation from the Kinderhook OK-5k Race Committee to the Art Club. See more pics
(Sept. 9, 2015) The art teachers at ICHS have been invited to exhibit their artwork at the Foundation Gallery of Columbia-Greene Community College Art Center. Gayle Abrams, Laura Cannamela, Sandra Harrington, and Elizabeth Leonard will each have two of their artworks on display at the gallery. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Thursday, September 10 from 4 - 5 pm. The Artist/Teacher show continues through October 9. Learn More
(Sept. 9, 2015) Great news! The ICC art display at the Chatham Fair was awarded 1st Prize for Grades 6-12 and 3rd Prize for Grades K-5. Also, there were two Individual Artists Awards for student work from ICHS: Sanford Fels for his pen and ink portrait "Roger" created in Illustration class and Michael Anderson for his panorama "Speed" created in Photoshop class. Learn More
(June 9, 2015) ICHS Art Teacher Laura Cannamela was invited to display her ceramic sculpture Kiyomisu in an exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculptures by ten Hudson Valley artists on the grounds of Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck, NY. The exhibit, Modern Sculpture in the Romantic Landscape, will remain on display through October 31.
Ms. Cannamela teaches Ceramics and Sculpture classes at the high school and is also the District-wide Art Department Chair.
(April 30, 2015) Twelve (12) artworks from Ichabod Crane High School art students were selected for the 2015 Capital Region Media Arts Exhibit. At the April 23rd reception, the awards were announced in which four ICHS students won five awards. Congratulations to the following:
(March 26, 2015) Artworks by three Ichabod Crane High School students have been selected for the 26th Annual Questar III Juried High School Art Exhibit. Congratulations to Samuel Paradise, Margaret Richards and Melanie VanAlphen. The exhibit will be on display at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy from March 27 through April 18, 2015 with an opening reception scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 from 5 -7 pm. Learn More
(March 17, 2015) Five Ichabod Crane High School art students will have their artwork on display at the Annual Juried Art Exhibition entitled, Art in Three Dimensions, sponsored by the Capital Area Art Supervisors and Mohonasen High School. Congratulations to Ceramics and Sculpture students Mary Bartkus (Grade 10), Allison Futia (Grade 12), Hayley Goold (Grade 12), Kayla Rose (Grade 12), Angelina Yearwood (Grade 12). Learn More
(March 4, 2015) Thirty (30) artworks from Ichabod Crane CSD were selected for display at the sixth annual K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection Exhibit which takes place March 1-22. This event is a one of a kind, as it is the only Capital Region exhibition for K-8 students. It is an opportunity for students to showcase how their art was inspired by artwork from the Empire State Plaza Collection. Learn More
(Feb. 17, 2015) Artwork from two of Ichabod Crane High School's senior art students were selected for Columbia-Greene Community College's 19th Annual Juried Art Show for high school students, from Jan. 27 to Feb. 27, in the Foundation Gallery in the campus Arts Center. Congratulations to Meghan Tretheway from Photoshop class taught by Gayle Himmelstein and Kyra Scott from Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture class taught by Laura Cannamela. Kyra won an Honorable Mention Award at the reception on Jan. 29. Learn More
(February 12, 2015) The Ichabod Crane Central School District Art Department is pleased to announce that nine artworks by Ichabod Crane High School art students have been selected for the 16th Annual Regional HS Juried Exhibition being held this year at the Esther Massry Gallery of the College of St. Rose, 1002 Madison Avenue, Albany. A reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 5 -7pm. The exhibit will continue through February 25. Congratulations to the following students who will have their work on display: Abigail Beckman, Allison Futia, Angelina Yearwood, Hannah DeWeerd, Kyle Patzwahl, Lyric Johnson, Meaghan Tretheway and Sanford Fels. Learn More
(Feb. 5, 2015) The Ichabod Crane High School Art Club raised over $1,200 for the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry at the Empty Bowls Supper Tuesday night. This was the 7th year for Empty Bowls. Altogether Empty Bowls' suppers have raised over $10,000 in donations for the food pantry. Thank you to everyone who has supported Empty Bowls over the years! Learn More
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(Nov. 14, 2014) Through the support of the Kinderhook Education Arts and Humanities Fund, seven Ichabod Crane High School students attended Portfolio Day at Sage College in Albany on Nov. 13.
Meaghan Tretheway, Jennifer Van Alphen, Sam Paradise, Cameron Farley-McComb, Yulissa Gomez, Christian Szymanski and Sophie Pratt experienced portfolio reviews with College Admissions representatives from competitive art schools and universities. Mrs. Sandra Harrington, a secondary art teacher who accompanied students, said the students worked hard to be able to prepare for the reviews. Photos
(Oct. 14, 2014) Congratulations to Ichabod Crane High School students Samuel Bellenchia, currently in 12th grade, and Jordan Steele, currently in 10th grade, whose artwork has been selected for the NYS Art Teachers Association Student Art Exhibit in conjunction with the NYS School Boards Conference this month in NYC. Learn More
Student Artwork on Display at
Fair Aug. 27-Sept. 1
(updated Aug. 28, 2014) Ichabod Crane was awarded First Prize for Grades 6-12 Artwork at the Columbia County Fair School Arts Exhibition. Over 100 pieces of artwork by Ichabod Crane students in grades K-12 are on display in the Little Red Schoolhouse at the fair, which runs Aug. 27 through Sept. 1. ICHS art teacher Gayle Himmelstein and Primary School art teacher Betsy Addison installed the district's display.
If you're at the fair, please be sure to stop by the exhibit and see for yourself that arts education is alive and well in Columbia County!
Laura Cannamela, Department Chair - High School
Sandra Harrington - High School
Gayle Abrams - High School
Jessica Mascolo - Middle School
Elizabeth Leonard - Elem/Middle
Elizabeth Addison - Primary School