Excerpt from a press release:
As things reopen after two long years, the arts grow and thrive with the students of West Scranton High School.
Under the direction of art educator Ryan Hnat, students in his photography classes have created immersive art installations that patrons can walk through and interact with. These “Instagramable” and engaging photographic spaces will be accompanied by live music from West Side students inside the auditorium under the direction of Robert Lozada and Bridget Yerke.
This special exhibit at the WSHS (1201 Luzerne St., Scranton) will be open to the public for one night only on Thursday, March 31 from 6-8 p.m. Relatives, friends and the community at large are invited to come and explore the art exhibition. The parking lot is at the back of the school and the entrance to the auditorium is also at the back.
As visitors enter the space, they hear music as they walk through a staircase into another dimension of lights, shapes, and sounds that offer an escape from reality. Hnat hopes the presentation will inspire more creative installations.
“The inspiration for this exhibit came from the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based art group Meow Wolf,” he said. “Be prepared to be surprised and amazed!”
This event is free to the public and was made possible by Northeast Art Project, which is responsible for numerous public murals and special projects throughout the city of Scranton and Northeast Pennsylvania.
Fruit of years of creativity, NEAP accompanies a team of artists who work on all types of media. Founder, artist and art teacher Ryan Hnat started Hnat Designs, a painting and design company, in 2011 while completing an MFA at Marywood University. While attending Marywood, he met his wife, Amy Hnat, who was completing her master’s degree in interior design. Together, their projects have expanded to a series of art exhibits in downtown Scranton, with the independent artist collective moving to the apARTment gallery in the Hill section of Scranton.
In 2016 they co-founded Electric City Escape Rooms in the Scranton Electric Building and the NEPA Art Fair. These business experiences brought together many creative energies, propelling the Hnats in other directions and leading to the creation of the Northeast Art Project in 2019 with a core value of creating and growing public art opportunities in the region.
Learn more about local art and the early formation of Hnat’s Northeast Art Project in episode 37 of the NEPA Scene podcast: