2020 Artistic Expressions Summer Academy

2020 Artistic Expressions Summer Art Academy

Art & Music Meet at the Symphony

July 13-17, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:00pm


A 5-day Intensive Art Experience for Students with Artistic Endeavors and Aspirations

Artistic Expressions invites students in grades 10-12 who are eligible to exhibit work in the 2020 Artistic Expressions Student Exhibition to apply for the 2020 Artistic Expressions Summer Art Academy. This experience, located at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Midtown Harrisburg, offers unique opportunities to make original works of art with the help of contemporary artists and art educators. Students will also meet with Rebecca Adey, Assistant Director of Admissions at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design to discuss preparing their portfolios and applications to art school.

This year, the 2020 Artistic Expressions Summer Academy is presented in partnership with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

Each student spend the week producing artwork inspired by a musical composition titled Pictures at an Exhibition. Hi-Resolution images of the completed works will be projected above the orchestra during the HSO’s live performances on October 3rd and 4th at The Forum. Participating students will receive free tickets to the performance. Finally, SAM will exhibit the students’ original works in the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Foundation Education Center Gallery from July 24 through October 18, 2020.

Students will explore various ways to interpret the music and express their responses through visual art. Due to the limited time to create work, we encourage interested students to listen to Pictures at an Exhibition, with the hope that one of the movements, or the Promenade, inspires ideas. We invite students who enroll in the Summer Academy to bring any in-process artwork (including sketches, collages, poetry or prose, photography or studies which are made in preparation for Summer Academy) to the first day. We will also schedule a special 1-day studio workshop for prospective and enrolled students to brainstorm, explore and seek feedback on initial ideas for their artwork.

to receive an invitation to the Special 1-Day Studio Workshop, or

for an application to the 2020 Artistic Expressions Academy

Email tsell@SusquehannaArtMuseum.org 


Tell me about Pictures at an Exhibition

Russian Composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

During the nineteenth century, Romanticism connected artists with visual and musical works that were narrative, often representational, and that referenced highly emotional stories. However, by the turn of the twentieth century, Impressionist painters and musicians inspired audiences with mere atmospheric suggestions of visual experiences. Considered both Romantic and Impressionist, Russian-born composer Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky emerged as an artist who painted with music. He wrote his 1874 piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition as a memorial to his dear friend and painter Viktor Hartmann. Unfortunately, by the time of Mussorgsky’s death in 1881, he had neither published nor performed this difficult solo. His friend and colleague Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov completed the suite, and French composer Maurice Ravel arranged the work in 1922 for an orchestra.

  • The piano suite features ten musical sections, called movements. Mussorgsky devoted each movement to a corresponding stage design, architectural studies or sketch that appeared in the 1873 posthumous exhibition of his friend, Viktor Hartmann’s artwork.
  • Between each movement, the Promenade (a repeating musical interlude between major segments of a larger musical work) brings to mind the sound of Mussorgsky’s own lumbering and large physique as he walked through the exhibition. 

Pictures at an Exhibition is a standard in the repertoire of many orchestras because its musical textures and technical challenges offers more than just a sonorous response to the visual. Instead, it weaves a highly individualized story about Mussorgsky’s life, his friendship and his cultural experiences.

Listen to the entire symphony performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fritz Reiner. The performance was posted by The Great Scores on August 17, 2018.

Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
Orchestration: Maurice Ravel

0:00 — Promenade
1:51 — Gnomus “The Gnome”
4:26 — Promenade
5:31 — Il vecchio castello “The Old Castle”
9:58 — Promenade
10:33 — Tuileries (Dispute d’enfants après jeux) “Tuileries (Children’s Quarrel after Games)”
11:32 — Bydlo “Cattle”
14:57 — Promenade
15:41 — Балет невылупившихся птенцов “Ballet of Unhatched Chicks”
16:54 — Samuel Goldenberg und “Schmuyle” (Two Jews: Rich and Poor)
19:07 — Limoges, le marché (La grande nouvelle) “Limoges. The Market (The Great News)”
20:25 — Catacombæ, Sepulcrum romanum “Catacombs (Roman Tomb)”
22:21 — Con mortuis in lingua mortua “With the dead in a dead language”
24:21 — Избушка на курьих ножках (Баба-Яга) “The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba Yaga)”
27:50 — Богатырские ворота (В стольном городе во Киеве) “The Great Gate of Kiev”