Artists, family, friends and teachers gathered at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown on March 18 for an Artists Reception for Converging. This unique exhibit features the work of the eighth grade students of Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences and the art students from the Excel Beyond the Bell Program at Roberto Clemente Middle School. The show continues through March 27 in the Terrace Gallery and Conference Room.
The exhibit is the culmination of months of hard work and collaboration between BlackRock, Barnesville School and Roberto Clemente. The 15 eighth graders at Barnesville and six Roberto Clemente art students worked with artist Jaree Donnelly, who helped them select work to submit for the display. Each student chose three pieces that represented their best work, photographed their pieces and submitted their photographs for consideration. Along with the photographs, each student submitted an application and artist bio.
“We originally we were thinking we would jury ahead of time,” said BlackRock Gallery Director Ann Burton, “but we ended up keeping all the work that was submitted. Instead, we decided to jury for prizes, using the criteria that was on the application.” The criteria, which was determined by Barneville’s and Roberto Clemente’s art teachers and Donnelly, included technique, creativity and composition.
Once the artwork was selected, the Barnesville students spent an afternoon at BlackRock preparing, arranging and hanging the pieces for the show. They attached screws and wires to the frames, determined the arrangements for two gallery rooms, measured, pounded nails and finally hung the art. Their efforts were guided by Donnelly, Burton, and Barnesville Art Teacher Mary Waldhorn.
“Hopefully, [the students] learned about being an artist and what it takes to put up an exhibit like this,” said Donnelly. “I think they learned that it takes a little bit more than [they] thought.”
Donnelly and Burton juried the art and presented awards during the reception. The students also had the chance to pick their favorite piece of the exhibit and award the “Best in Show.”
Awards were presented to:
- Best Technique: Ben Gherman, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, for Music
- Most Creative: Rosetta Johnson, Roberto Clemente Middle School, for Traveling Love
- Most Complex Composition: Anna Morrison, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, for The Desolate Lighthouse Island
- Best in Show: Adora Egwudobi, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, for Habit
Honorable Mentions were also presented to:
- Madelyn Amick, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, for Beauty in a Lonely Corner
- Nadjah Cherubet, Roberto Clemente Middle School, for Dream
- Joy Reeves, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, for Half Alive
- Chris Terp, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, for The Resting Lemons
“Artists are usually people who work by themselves and don’t really get a lot of accolades,” said Waldhorn. “This has been incredibly nice for the students.”
In addition to displaying their artwork, the students were able to assign a value to their work and sell their pieces. Three pieces sold: Pear by Nick Molyneaux, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences; Citrons dans un Bol by Gordon Reeves, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences; and Half Alive by Joy Reeves, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences.
During the reception, the students put their artistic talents to work creating cards for patients in Georgetown and Holy Cross Hospitals.
Converging will be on display from March 18-27, 2014.
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