Reminiscent of Maine I

    Reminscent of Maine I; Wendy S. Sweigart. Watercolor Monotype & Ink; (2017)
  • Wendy S. Sweigart
    Visual Arts - School of the Arts
    K-12 Department Chair
    SAP Team Member
    Room Number: 127/129

    Welcome to the School of the Arts (SOA) Visual Arts Career Cluster!


    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 - flexing 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 career cluster, students explore techniques, ideas and concepts to encourage, challenge, and inspire them to take creative risks. My goals are to help students find their artistic voice and help them navigate the journey towards post-secondary studies and/or career exploration in the visual arts. SOA grads 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, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Savannah 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 and bring a unique background of experiences in the arts which I bring into the classroom environment.


    This is my 7th year at STSD. Teaching is my third and most rewarding career. My previous professional experiences include working as an education director for the Susquehanna Art Museum, where I worked with nationally and internationally recognized artists, developed educational programs, 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 jurying art exhibits (Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Governor's School for the Arts, and a variety of professional and educational displays). As a professional artist, I've exhibited my work throughout Central Pennsylvania. 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 exhibit, 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. I've been selected for two separate "Feed Your Soul" artist residencies at Maine College of Art, and will attend again this summer for a third time to study screenprinting.


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