Solanco School District Art Show

The next exhibit at the C.X. Carlson Gallery in the Quarryville Library will be a show of artwork by students in the Solanco School District. It will feature works in diverse two-dimensional and three-dimensional media produced by students from Bart-Colerain, Clermont, Providence, and Quarryville elementary schools, George A. Smith Middle School, Swift Middle School, and Solanco High School. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held Saturday, July 1 from 1-3 p.m. and the show will run through July 27.  Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend.


Select elementary works included in the exhibition were exhibited earlier this year at the Winter Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Millersville University as part of the Studio for Students program. Middle school works will highlight award-winning work from the 2017 Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition.


Solanco High School works will include national award-winning works honored in the National Scholastic Art Awards Art.Write.Now. National Exhibition at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery and the Parsons New School for Design Gallery in NYC. , which features the most outstanding work from the top 1% of students in the US.  Numerous high school works have been juried into the Teen Art Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and have been on exhibit at the Lancaster Museum of Art and the Demuth Museum. Seniors from the Class of 2017 whose work will be on view in the exhibition have been honored with numerous portfolio scholarships from the most selective professional Visual Arts schools in the US. Two of the seniors highlighted in the show have been awarded the 2017 C.X. Carlson Portfolio Scholarship and the 2017 Red Raven Art Company Scholarship and they will each be featured as the emerging artist at the Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster in July and August 2017.


The 2017 Solanco District Art Exhibition celebrates the creativity and critical thinking of students as they envision, explore, engage, persist, and reflect upon their ideas as they represent and interact with the world around them. The show honors the commitment and courage of students in crafting their stories and achieving outstanding success. The exhibition also honors the dedication and expertise of educators who provide opportunities for increasing levels of sophistication and confidence in the development of each student’s voice. Students and educators alike are honored and thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Solanco District Art Exhibition at the Quarryville Library.


contact information:

Candace Rakers

Department Chair

Solanco District Visual Arts Department

Solanco High School

585 Solanco Drive

Quarryville, PA 17566







Ryan O’Connell, Onions and Garlic, pastel on paper


Ryan O’Connell is a member of the Class of 2017 at Solanco High School. 

Awards, exhibitions include:

  • 2017 Red Raven Portfolio Scholarship Award
  • 2014-2017 Scholastic Art Awards
  • 2014-2017 Lancaster County Young Artists Awards
  • Exhibitions: 
  1. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  2. Lancaster Museum of Art
  3. Demuth Museum
  4. Red Raven Art Company:  Emerging Artist, July 2017
  • 2017 Tuition Scholarship to Rhode Island School of  Design, Providence, RI –one of the most selective schools for the visual arts in the US


Erika Wilson, Breakfast in Bed Tea Set, earthenware, glaze

  • 2017 National Scholastic Art Awards National Medalist
  • 2017 Scholastic Art Awards
  • 2016-2017 Lancaster County Young Artists Awards
  • Exhibitions: 
  1. Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC, NY
  2. Lancaster Museum of Art
  • 2017 Tuition Scholarship to Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA –Erika will major in Business Administration