Friday, May 7, 1999
CCHS art department to host technology festival
Students in the CCHS Art Department will display their work in anexciting new way on Wednesday, May 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the high school.CCHS is unable to have its Annual Art Exhibition at the Concord ArtAssociation. As a result, the Art and Technology Festival will begin with a reception in the high school cafeteria, followed by a screening in one of the theaters.
The Art and Technology Festival will showcase work from the cutting-edge classes most recently added to the high school art program.Screenings of work from the digital imaging classes and short,independent films by advanced television production students willintroduce the community to the newest at CCHS. Look forward toseeing web sites, morphs, still images and some amazing short films.The evening's special events will be held in conjunction with the exhibitionof digital images, sculpture and advanced photography in the StudentGallery. There will be displays of work done in the new architecturecourse, and information on art courses and the Advanced Placement Portfolio.
The Art and Technology Festival is a fitting celebration for a mostsuccessful year for the art department and its talented students. Many students were recognized in the Boston Globe ScholasticArt Competition. Kelly Kerr received a Gold Key in painting and AmyVan Dusen received a Gold Key in photography. Four students receivedSilver Keys: Julia Comerford in ceramics, Andreas Breuing in drawing,Rebecca Wersan in photography, and Alexandra Winsby of Carlisle in painting. MeganMoran Gates received an honorable mention in photography and AliciaTaylor an honorable mention in ceramics.
All Gold Key awards were entered in the National Scholastic Art Awardscompetition. Senior portfolios by Shevaun Mizrahi and KatherineThompson were selected as nominees to the National Competition.Shevaun's photography portfolio received the National PhotographyPortfolio Award. Only one photographer is chosen annually andreceives a $5,000 scholarship. Her images were portraits she made whilein Honduras on a church trip to do relief work.
Amy Van Dusen's GoldKey photograph received the Pinnacle Award, which isone outstanding piece in each category on the national level. With itcomes a $400 scholarship. Katy Thompson won the General Federation ofWomen's Club of Massachusetts Art Scholarship of $500. Noah Panadvanced to the second level of competition in digitalimaging.
Earlier this year, Shevaun Mizrahi advanced to the highest level in theNational Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) to win a $3,000scholarship. This has put her in contention to become a PresidentialScholar. So far, she has made it through two judging panels, the number of candidates being reduced to 50 and to 30. She has a great chance of becoming one of the 20 Presidential Scholars.
Art is for all students
As excited as art teachers David Prifti, HannahHopkins, Renee Covalucci and Anita Allyn are about their students' accomplisments, they want to make sure that no one overlooks the fact that art is forall students. Few will become professional artists, but many are learning to observe, reflect, and communicate. They are also gaining a life-long source of personalpleasure and stress reduction that will add balance to their adultlives.
Tom Curtin is the CCHS guidance counselor.
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