Local student’s artwork accepted into K-12 national exhibition | Lifestyle


BROCKWAY — Each winter, ceramics students at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology enthusiastically work together for one very important arts application –the K-12 exhibition at NCECA (the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts).

This year is particularly important for Pennsylvanians, as NCECA is coming Pittsburgh for their 52nd annual conference. Over the past five years, BCAT has continuously encouraged and entered students into this exhibition, with past success from two other former students, in addition to attending the NCECA conference.

The previous BCAT students in this show were recognized for their outstanding talent, receiving an estimated $6,000 in scholarships and awards combined.

This year, the center is proud to announce that 11th grade student Ellen Gankosky, daughter of Jeffrey and Irene Gankosky of Brockway, has been accepted into the show with her piece, titled “My Severed Heart.”

Gankosky is a long-time participant of the BCAT after-school program where she works in both ceramics and metal arts. This highly competitive show received 1,205 entries this year, 837 of them from grades 11 and 12, making Gankosky’s acceptance a truly exceptional accomplishment. The NCECA conference will be held in downtown Pittsburgh from March 14-17 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

It is the goal and mission of the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology to help the students they serve realize their great potential and to apply themselves in everything they do. BCAT is a no-cost program with open enrollment for any high school student interested in the arts within the 7 counties they serve (Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter).

For more information about after-school programming and how to get your child involved, contact Youth and Arts Coordinator Claira Heitzenrater at (814) 265-1111.

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