Chatham Central Schools was proud to have students from Mary E. Dardess Elementary School represent our District at today’s Ellsworth Kelly stamp dedication. Kelly forged a distinctive style of abstraction over his seven decades as an artist and today the U.S. Postal commemorated him with 10 stamps highlighting his work. The dedication, held at Kelly’s studio in Spencertown, included Chatham alum Nellie Rustick singing the national anthem, and remarks from speakers Steven Monteith, Vice President of Marketing for the Postal Service, Ian Berry, Dayton Director for the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at the Met’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Jack Shear, Director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. To close the event, the fifth grade leads from the MED Drama Club’s production of Willy Wonka Kids sang a rendition of “Pure Imagination” that wowed the standing-room-only crowd.
Kelly’s legacy is strong at Chatham Central Schools. Thanks in large part to a generous endowment from the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, the Chatham Education Foundation is able to provide grants through its Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities to support school programs that engage students in new, creative and innovative projects in the arts and humanities.