Hicksville, NY – IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it will install an art exhibit featuring photographs and original artwork of HICKSVILLE High School students in the Long Island store located at 1100 Broadway Commons, Hicksville, NY. This exhibit will be on display for one month.  The public is encouraged to visit and admire the creativity of the students during store hours (10 am until 9 pm daily).

Art projects were assigned by the district and produced by the students during their AP, Photography, and Painting classes. Each project was mounted in an IKEA frame and placed on display near our cashier area.

To honor the collaboration, IKEA will have a grand opening ceremony on March 02, 2017 at 6 pm. Students will be on hand to discuss their inspiration and techniques. Teachers will also be in attendance to answer questions and give insight into the assignments the students completed. Light refreshments will be served. The community is encouraged to attend.

“We are so impressed with the students’ work.  It’s apparent that a lot of heart and soul went into these creations.  It’s an honor to help introduce the community to the work being produced by talented students in our schools under the leadership of our caring teachers”, said Mike Baker, store manager of IKEA Long Island.

This collaboration was the brain child of Mr. Craig Mateyunas, art teacher at the Hicksville Union Free School District at the High School. While shopping at IKEA one Saturday afternoon, he wondered how he could get his students art work noticed by the many visitors in IKEA. He contacted the store and visited the frame department where he identified RIBBA frames as the best fit for his students’ needs.

“The artwork on display was created in our Photography, Painting, Portfolio, and AP classes. Hicksville High School has an extensive art program, filled with talented and creative students, who are very excited about having this opportunity to highlight their hard work and dedication. One of my goals as the advisor of the Hicksville Chapter of the National Art Honor Society, is to find venues where we can highlight the achievements of the students in our programs. I am very thankful to IKEA, for being so enthusiastic and supportive of our students and programs. The students at Hicksville High School are a wonderful group, my colleagues and I are so proud of the work they do”, said Mr. Craig Mateyunas, art teacher at Hicksville High School.

Located on 4.4 acres as part of the Broadway Commons in Hicksville, NY on Long Island, the 242,000-square-foot IKEA Long Island store opened in March 1991.  In addition to approximately 10,000 exclusively designed items, this IKEA store presents 41 different room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes and children’s meals.  Other family-friendly features include high chairs and child-seating in our restaurant, a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms and preferred parking.  We serve $1 frozen yogurt cones as well as quick bites in our Bistro area located near our exit. IKEA also offers a product picking and delivery service where we gather your items and a third party delivers them to your home. Assembly, where we have a third party delivery and build your furniture, is also available. Our IKEA Family loyalty program provides exceptional product offers, free coffee in our restaurant, a monthly sweepstakes and extra time in Smaland, our supervised play area,  for your younger children.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them.  There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 41 countries, including 38 in the U.S.  IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives benefiting children and the environment.  For more information, go to IKEA-USA.com,facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA, twitter.com/@IKEA_LongIsland andhttp://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/.

Under the direction of Superintendent Carl Bonuso, who has been serving various school communities for over 3 decades, and the Hicksville schools for the past 3 years, students are encouraged to find relevance and joy in the learning opportunities in the classroom and in the school community.  “Community venues housing school-based projects, activities and opportunities are invaluable”, said Dr. Bonuso, “We recognize the importance of having our schools continue to engage in expansive, effective partnerships with our business community and are excited and appreciative of the opportunity IKEA has given our students to display their artistic talents.”  For more information on Hicksville High School, please visithttp://www.hicksvillepublicschools.org/Domain/16.