Mission & Purpose:
The Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Fine Art Honor Society Student Chapter of the Higher Education Division of the National Art Education Association is a national honorary art society organized on Cheyney’s campus November 2003. It provides acknowledgement to students of excellence who demonstrate a high standard of accomplishment in art. Members provide community service locally and nationally through art. http://www.naea-reston.org/olc/pub/NAEA/home
The Fine Art Honor Society was founded at Cheyney University of Pa in 2003. Since that time, our students have participated in such excellent projects as Cow Parade Harrisburg, in which members of the Honor Society created our beloved Liberty Belle, which is still on view in Cheyney’s library. The Honor Society has also worked with non-profit organization Totem Rhythms to create Totem Poles for the Lewis and Clark Expedition Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Philadelphia, the United Nations, Foresight Visions, and the United States Army, just to name a few.
Activities & Outreach
2003 – “Let Freedom Ring” – for Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
2004 – New York Mental Health Conference, “Transcending Trauma,” students worked on projects exhibited
2004 – 2005 – Created Liberty Belle through Harrisburg Cow Parade in collaboration with PASSHE.
Attended and participated in October Gallery Exhibition at the Liacouras Center.
2005 – Liberty Belle miniatures were created with the support of Wawa, to be sold to raise money for scholarships for Honor Society students.
2006 - “Art on the Quad” – Honor Society students created three large painting on the Quad and invited members of the Cheyney community to paint with them.
2007 – Created mural “Rita’s Way,” for CADES, is a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities
2008 – GI Week: Green Inspirations Reflective Harmony. The Honor Society hosted a week of art activities capped by a Gala Ball where students auctioned off artwork.
“You Are Not Alone” Healing Arts Mural created at the Main Street Counseling Center, East Stroudsburg.
Students and faculty visited the Frida Kahlo show at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
2010 – Students participated in Community Day at Cheyney through exhibiting their art and painting faces of community member children.
2011 – Twin Brothers of Different Mothers: An art show featuring the work of student Dane Bard and alum Alex Lyde.
2012 – Students hosted an exhibition and poetry reading for Hispanic Heritage Month
Students hosted the Gratitude Show, a show held in November 2012.
2014 - members of the FAHS and our faculty traveled to visit the Eastern Delaware Nations to help create a mural honoring their chief, Mike MedicineShield, who passed away.
Art students worked with residents Kendall Crosslands, a continuing care retirement community located in historic Chester County in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to create a mural, “Black Eyed Susan,” reflecting lives of the seniors at Kendall.
Many Fine Art Honor Society members were recipients of the United States President Obama Presidential Award for Volunteer Service.
2015 - the FAHS hosted the Washington International Piano Competition winners for a concert and art exhibition titled “88 Keys.” 2016 - "Resilience: Still We Rise: A Moment of Reflection," a piano concert featuring pianists Robert Statham and Toni Caldwell-Hall, was hosted by FAHS on April 22 at Cheyney University’s Marian Anderson Music Center.
2003 – “Decoding Nature’s Basic Structure” exhibited in the Art Gallery
“America Hope for Peace,” Student exhibition
2004 – Students exhibited works through October Gallery at the Liacouras Center, Philadelphia.
2005 – Students participated in art auction in Vaux Hall to raise money for the Honor Society
2005 – White Ribbon exhibition – a juried exhibition to benefit the Project to End Rape
2006 – Women’s History Month Exhibition, also exhibited works to help benefit Laurel House, a shelter for women and children
2008 – Student Exhibition and Auction held at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia, hosted by the Cheyney Foundation.
“Breaking the Walls of Bias” – Galiere BelAGE Gallery in New York
2009 – Student art and photography exhibition at Biddle Hall Gallery
Student Exhibition at the International House in Washington, DC
“Through a Different Prism: African American Art” at the Chadds Ford Art Gallery
Student Faculty Exhibition “Restoration”
2010 – Community Day Art exhibition
2011 – Fine Art Honor Society Calendar
Fine Art Honor Society students exhibited their art work at the Chadds Ford Gallery for Black History Month
2012 - Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition, Curated student and faculty works for the Biddle Hall Gallery in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
2012 - Gratitude Exhibition, Curated student and faculty works for the Biddle Hall
Gallery in celebration of Thanksgiving.
2011 – 2013 Edgemont Township Annual Community Appreciation of the Arts Night
2013- Honor Society Students exhibited their artwork at the Day of the Dead Celebration in Kennett Square with the Kennett Square Arts Coalition.
2015: 88 Keys in Marian Anderson Hall
Liberty Belle - A life size resin cow with painted depictions of the history of Cheyney University, Philadelphia and the region. Liberty Belle stands on a base in the shape of Pennsylvania. The railroad tracks symbolize the underground railroad.