The Times-Tribune and the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU) are recognizing the talent of local young artists.
In celebration of Art in Education Month, the 11th annual “Art for All Seasons” exhibit will display 75 pieces by area high school students in the Scranton Times Building lobby, 149 Penn Ave., throughout the entire month of March during regular business hours.
An opening reception as part of the First Friday Art Walk will be held at the Scranton Times Building on Friday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. 
This year’s exhibit features pieces selected by 23 teachers from 17 high schools within 16 districts in The Times-Tribune’s coverage area. The pieces represent a variety of mediums and all center around the themes or winter, spring, summer or fall.
A panel of judges from The Times-Tribune’s newsroom staff selected 12 of the pieces as winners. One winner will be featured each month as the “Student Artist of the Month” on the calendar page of The Sunday Times print edition, online at and on a billboard.
Judges based their decisions on aspects like originality and mastery of the technique and medium. They chose three pieces to represent each season.
“It’s hard to narrow it down to twelve because there’s always more than (that) that are good enough, and art is all subjective,” said Kevin O’Neill, Times-Tribune staff artist and organizer of the exhibit.
O’Neill said participating in this juried competition and having work displayed and published can benefit art students and act as a resume builder.
“It gives them a public venue to display their work if they’re considering continuing their art education in college or entering a profession,” O’Neill said.
Dr. Catherine Richmond-Cullen, regional director of the Arts in Education program at the NEIU, said the NEIU values their relationship with the newspaper, especially via a project that gives young people the opportunity to have work published before graduating high school.
“I think it’s very important that we cultivate the talent and abilities of young people, especially in the arts,” Richmond-Cullen said. “This program is an exceptional opportunity for us to do so as a partnership team.”
She also said the arts are a vital part of education because they “engage the whole brain.”
“Learning through the arts enhances students’ cognitive abilities. Additionally, I feel the arts encourage creativity and imagination,” she said.
Since the exhibit typically draws in a large crowd each year, O’Neill said it allows The Times-Tribune to engage with the greater Scranton community.
“It’s showing them the local talent that we have around here. It’s exposing the public to the visual arts,” he said. “It’s a chance for us to display these students’ work in the paper, and that makes a strong connection with the students and their families.”

– By Brooke Williams