Third Street Gallery
Online Exhibition: June 12 - August 28, 2020
Connections is an exhibition of Shanti Norman’s Moscow Middle School art students. In the online gallery, viewers will see the works of artists in grades 6 – 8. During each week of the Spring 2020 soft closure, when students were learning from home, they addressed a creative prompt centered around the theme of connection. The prompts included connections to inner self, the body, family, friends, surroundings, nature, and community. Creating this exhibition required them to connect with artmaking, but also to photography practices needed to display their works in a world that has suddenly shifted to digital exhibitions.
"Despite the craziness of the distant teaching experience," said Norman, "I gained something invaluable that I have been unsuccessfully attempting to do for years with my middle school art students. I was forced to let go of control of the curriculum and let students take ownership of their creativity and learning. Instead of focusing on teaching artistic skills, students were given the opportunity to explore the theme of ’connection’ through their work. The world was suddenly disconnected from life as we knew it. I wanted to provide students the space to lean in and fully feel, process, and share their experience through their art. Seeing the emotional honesty in the artwork of these students reminded and reassured me of the essentiality of creative expression to growth and development and how art innately speaks to the collective human experience. Young people are truth-seekers. They have the insight and ability to see what might be overlooked by adults who can be easily blinded by bias. I appreciate the honesty and vulnerability these young people have gifted to us through their willingness to seek and explore their place in the world during this time of social unrest. They give me hope."
Visit the online exhibition to view other works in the collection.
About the Third Street Gallery
The Third Street Gallery is a space for art in the heart of downtown Moscow. City of Moscow Arts Staff and members of the Moscow Arts Commission have worked together to create artistic direction for the Third Street Gallery since the gallery’s beginnings in 1998. The gallery features works in a wide range of media, subject matter, and content while presenting a curatorial vision open to all cultures and art forms. By including the work of established and emerging makers from the Palouse and the broader Inland Northwest, the Third Street Gallery celebrates the creative excellence of the region in a well-loved public space.
The Third Street Gallery features artwork on the second and third floors inside Moscow City Hall. The building was designed by architect James Knox Taylor in 1911, and was formerly the Moscow Federal Building. Entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as a Second Renaissance Revival brick building, the structure now houses City offices and meeting spaces such as the City Council Chambers. The Third Street Gallery is an essential part of this building, as it brings art into the center of civic life in the City of Moscow.
Third Street Gallery is located inside Moscow City Hall at 206 E. Third St. Moscow, ID.