For many artists, having their work on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art represents a career capstone. But for 12-year-old Anydelka Burgos, an incoming 8th grader at I.S. 229 in the Bronx, seeing her mixed media painting “Rites of Spring” prominently featured at The Met isn’t so much an indication of how far she’s come as it is of how far she will go.
“It shows that I have potential,” says Burgos of her artwork, made from torn newspaper, ink and acrylic on paper.
Burgos’ “Rites of Spring” is one of 89 works of art currently on display in The Met’s P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids exhibition. Now in its ninth year at The Met, P.S. Art showcases paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and mixed-media creations from New York City public school students in prekindergarten through grade 12 and from all five boroughs.
In a highly competitive selection process, the 1,205 submissions citywide were winnowed down to 89 pieces that stood out for their inventive use of materials and clarity of artistic expression.
Inclusion in the exhibit is due in no small part to ambitious assignments devised by art teachers like I.S. 229’s Gilbert Fletcher, who spotted a unique talent in Burgos and pushed her to go beyond what she thought herself capable of.