Visual artist Ben Volta (Philadelphia, PA) worked with a group of 15 pre-teens from the Margaret S. Sterck School to create artworks that explore the relationship between assigned and chosen identities.
With the Sterck School art teacher Lynn Hessler acting as an interpreter Volta guided the group in creating abstracted self-portraits made with a combination of hand drawn visual elements, mixed media objects, and computer generated digital images.
According to Volta
, "The Sterck School
has provided me an opportunity to appreciate a new culture, and I am excited that there is a sense of eagerness and curiosity about the exploration of contemporary art.
This is a unique and exciting project to do with these children.
innovative installation, Volta
hopes to transform the gallery spaces into "creative and energized environments."
(Philadelphia, PA) holds a certificate from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
, and a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
has created and exhibited education-based collaborative projects in partnership with The Philadelphia Museum of Art
, The Fleisher Art Memorial, The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, The School District of Philadelphia
, and many other organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Volta is the recipient of numerous Arts in Education Grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, is a member of Tim Rollins and K.O.S. in NYC, and is a fellow at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia.
has recently exhibited at Pentimenti Gallery
in Philadelphia, and participated in the exhibition Tim Rollins
: A History at the Institute of Contemporary Art