Milton Artists Look Forward to Show
by Hana Tatsutani on Friday, January 22nd, 2016
As Cox Library fills with stressed students studying for exam week, the art department is busy preparing for one of its biggest events of the year: the Mid-Year Student Art Show.
The show, which will begin on February 10th, features the work of students taking both introductory and advanced visual art classes. From ceramics to film, there is a wide range of art on display. As in the past, the show will open in Kellner at recess, with cookies and hot chocolate for students to enjoy while looking at the artwork.
This show is one of the biggest showcase events of the year for Milton’s art department. Mr. Torney, head of the department, explains, “In many ways it’s actually a stronger exhibit than the end of year student show, in part because our seniors are in what is essentially their advanced independent portfolio class in the fall that doesn’t necessarily continue into the spring. We still get strong work for the end of year show, but this is sort of the big one.”
Mr. Torney also notes that curating the show is a collaborative effort between the teachers and the artists. “Each teacher will work with the students that they teach to pull out what they think of as their best work, and when the faculty go over we hang it collectively and we start to make some other decisions there. I would say that our best students, our most productive students, probably get more than one work. We want to feature the kids that are really excited about making art, so they will probably get some extras in there.”
Henry Westerman (Class II) who has attended the show in the past, says, “My favorite part of the show is seeing the different kinds of art that people make. I’m often surprised by all the various types of media that people use to create their artwork. Everyone’s so talented, and their work shows so much imagination and skill!”
While the show is a quick and fun activity for most people attending, it requires a lot of hard work from the artists. Siena Nagel-Thompson (Class II), an Advanced Drawing student, explains, “I’m not really sure how many hours it takes me to complete a drawing, but it’s a lot of time. I’m kind of a perfectionist with my art, so I’d probably never stop working on it if there wasn’t a deadline!”
Caroline Magann (Class III), who is currently taking Intro to Photography, says “I haven’t prepared anything yet, but I think I’ll spend even more time on my project for the show to make sure my photos are well thought out and executed well to demonstrate what I am able to do to those looking at the art.”
Although preparing for the show is hard work, both of these artists are also excited to share their art. Siena says “I think it’s pretty cool to have my artwork on display. My art exam involves having a social issue aspect to the art so my aim for this project specifically is for as many people to see it as possible.”
As Caroline puts it, “I feel like it is a great opportunity to show off our work that we have been focusing on all year. I think it would be interesting to see art from classes other than photography to get a feel for what they do throughout the year. Also, it’s an opportunity to show students in other classes what we have worked hard on and are proud of.”
Overall, the student art show is a great community event for artists and observers alike. So be sure to stop by Kellner at recess on February 10th if you want the added bonus of free cookies and hot chocolate while looking at the art. if you can’t make it, the show will be on display all month long so you can enjoy and appreciate your classmates’ impressive artwork!
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