Back to School Art Festival: Beacon, NY

Installation Views

Back to School


November 3 – May 18, 2024

Homecoming: November 3, 7-10 pm

Opening Weekend: November 4 & 5, 12-8pm

Address: 211 Fishkill Ave, Beacon, NY 12508

Artists’ takeover the Old Beacon High School’s KuBe Art Center


Imagine the high school experience you wished you’d had. No homework, no grades, no bullies, just art. Acclaimed curator Ethan Cohen and renowned pop artist Ron English have co-curated Back to School at the KuBe Art Center. Explore subjects like “Irrational Experiments in Physics”, “Hip Hop 101”, “Sex Ed”, “Art History Reimagined,” Ron English’s take on the Warhol classic “Silver Fame Factory” and more! The exhibition runs from Nov 3, 2023 - May 18, 2024 starting with Homecoming and ending with Prom.


Back to School participating artists:


Ai Weiwei
Isaac Aden
Halil Altındere
Emil Alzamora
Rina O. Amen
Chris Ams
John Aslanidis
Ray Arcadio
Bailey Bob Bailey
Armand Boua
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré
Gerardo Castro
Claudia Coca
Mina Cheon aka Kim Il Soon
Joan Lebold Cohen
Orlando Cuevas
Michael D'Antuono
Thomas Deininger
Bob Dilworth
Micheal Dixon
Alejandro Dron
Ron English
Sunil Garg
Òmó Oba Adetomiwa A.Gbadebo
Jeffrey Spencer Hargrave
Eric Heist

Pan Xing Lei
Jim Peters
Michel Platnic
John Procario
Qin Feng
Russell Ritell
Kalene Rivers
Masha Rudenko
Shi Chong
Ushio Shinohara
Meghan Spiro
The Sucklord
Sui Jianguo
Kazumi Tanaka
Tang Hui
Koco Toribio
Wang Keping
Dan Weise
Natalie White
Bernard Williams
Gan Yu
John Yau
Yin Mei
Leon Zhan
Zhang Dali
Zhang Hongtu
Zhao Bandi

Logan Hicks
Frank Hyder
Margaret Innerhofer
Airan Kang
Ryoga Katsuma
Jon Kessler
Sherry Kerlin
Matt Kinney
Carole Kunstadt
Li Daiyun
Li Quanwu
Liu Xiaohui
Mike Long
Lance de Los Reyes aka RAMBO
Gonçalo Mabunda
Michael McKenzie
Ian McMahon
Karen Michel
Algernon Miller
Donna Mikkelsen
Catheris Mondombo
Naoto Nakagawa
Akito Nara
Anna Navasardian
Innocent Nkurunziza
Yigal Ozeri


On Friday, November 3rd, from 7-10 pm,join us for an immersive High School experience. Don’t be late for orientation or you may get sent to “Cosmic Detention!” Listen for the bell, when Hall Monitors will show you to your next class.  Watch out for Serious Comedy playing “High School Archetypes” in spontaneous improv throughout the building. Our evening culminates in the gym for “Homecoming” with a DJ Dance party and performances. Don’t miss your chance to experience high school like you never did before! RUBBER SOLES ONLY. Prizes for most imaginative sneakers. Tickets $45 / $50 at the door. Click here to get your tickets!


On November 4 & 5 Back to School, the exhibition, will open to the public for the first time. Artists will give live performances throughout the weekend. Book your visit here.