Reminiscent of Maine I

    Reminscent of Maine I; Wendy S. Sweigart. Watercolor Monotype & Ink; (2017)
  • Wendy S. Sweigart
    Visual Arts - School of the Arts
    Room Number: 127/129

    Welcome to the School of the Arts (SOA) Visual Arts Program!


    The visual arts are a critical component in every student’s educational experience. As a form of self-expression, the arts provide a way to appreciate, understand and connect with the world. In Art, students are immersed in a realm of endlesss possibilities - they flex muscles in their brains that allow them to strengthen their ability to think creatively, solve complex problems and think "outside the box."


    In the Visual Arts strand of the SOA program, students will explore techniques, ideas and concepts that encourage, challenge, and inspire them to take creative risks. My primary goal in the classroom is to help students find their artistic voice, and to help them navigate the journey towards post-secondary studies in the visual arts. SOA graduates have been accepted with scholarships at a wide variety of collegiate programs - including: The Cooper Union, Kutztown University, Maine College of Art, Millersville University, Moore College of Art & Design, PA College of Art & Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, among others.


    “Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Chris Bradford

    My Background:


    I’m thrilled to be part of the SOA program at STHS and bring a unique background of experiences in the arts which makes me uniquely qualified to guide your student towards his/her career goals.


    This is my 7th year at STSD. Teaching is my 3rd, and most rewarding career. My previous professional experience included working as an education director for the Susquehanna Art Museum, where I worked with nationally and internationally recognized artists, developed educational programming, and traveled with a mobile art museum called VanGo!. I also worked as an admissions director for PA College of Art & Design in Lancaster, where I supervised annual recruitment efforts. I enjoyed working with aspiring young artists to make certain they were ready and well-equipped for collegiate art studies. I have additional experience in curating and juring art exhibits (including K-12, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Governor's School for the Arts, and local arts professionals). As a professional artist, I've exhibited my own work in shows throughout Central Pennsylvania and beyond. In 2018, one of my watercolor monotypes was selected for inclusion in the prestigious "Art of the State of Pennsylvania" exhibition, held at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. This led to securing my first "one person" art exhibition, which will take place in the Spring of 2020 at HACC's Gettysburg campus gallery.


    I have an MA in Art Education from Messiah College, and a BS degree in Art Education from Kutztown University. I actively continue to complete post-graduate studio coursework which keeps me creatively challenged. In June 2019, I completed a water-based media fellowship at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, through their "Feed Your Soul" program. I look forward to sharing what I learned in the classroom this year.


    Should you have ANY questions, regarding the SOA program, feel free to contact me at wsweigart@hannasd.org