Princeton Day School's Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery, under the leadership of Director and PDS alumna Jody Erdman '72, has a storied reputation for exhibiting exceptional original artwork by students, faculty, alumni and other accomplished artists. In recent years, Ms. Erdman has cultivated an active, student-led Gallery Club that has built an Instagram presence and is also pursueing additional ways of reaching a broader audience online.
While the Gallery has always been open to the public, the pandemic has put a temporary halt to both visitors and physical exhibits, inspiring the Gallery Club to channel their talents into their new website, the Anne Reid '72 Gallery. Gallery club student co-heads Linda Qu '21, Bolin Shen '22 and Mehak Dhaliwal '22 led the creation of the website, which focuses on digital exhibits that are as informative as they are visually stunning.
"Our student curators have worked hard to come up with this year’s shows, including spotlighting student and teacher artists, dealing with ideas of the pandemic, and sourcing... artists like Tony Upton and Barbara Vaughn to include in multiple exhibitions. Pieces have been curated from a variety of different Princeton Day School art classes, different student artists, teachers, and outside-of-school artists to provide a wide selection of pieces ranging from experimental film to illustration," reads their mission statement.
Among the featured exhibits:
Visions of Corona features paintings and illustrations reflecting the pandemic, created by Ava Fong '23 and US English teacher Thomas Quigley. In addition, the exhibition includes "Time and Place" films created by students in Intro and Advanced Media classes: John Akbari '21, Josie Baranski '23, Caden Bialow '23, Matan Blitz '21, Carl Coetzee '21, Ava Fong '23, Jamie Granato '21, Jane Higgins '22, Mickie Higgins '23, Evan Lin '24, Lara Ozdogan '24, Genesis Rivera '22, Devin Sakaria '23, Harleen Sandhu '24, Karan Shah '23, Damon Stewart '22, Adam Teryek '22, Grant Wells '22, Zakir Zaidi '21 and Boaz Ziv-Loewy '23.
Greek Immortals Through the Kaleidoscope of Time, curated by Linda Qu '21, features works throughout history depicting classic Greek mythological heroes, with analysis of each subject.
Artist Spotlights showcase individual exhibitions created by Ava Fong '23 and Thomas Quigley.
- Instantes is a series of poems created by students from multiple PDS Spanish classes. inspired by the iconic poem Instantes, each poem reflects on something they would have done differently had they had the chance again. The series, curated by Mehak Dhaliwal '22, features her work along with poems by Ella Jackson '21, Neha Khandkar '23, Brooke Littman '21, Hayden Masia '21, Winston Ni '23, Navaneeth Rajan '23 and Becca Sclove '23.
Images (from top): Collage of pieces from the "Visions of Corona" exhibit and individual artist spotlight exhibits by Ava Fong and Thomas Quigley; a full-sized view of an illustration by Ava Fong; Aphrodite with Funerary Temple in Palmyra (by Barbara Vaughn); Neha Khandkar's photo accompaniment to her poem "Ojalá Que"