To Be, Rather Than to Seem

Arts Fest a Culmination of Year's Work

student painting

The High School Arts Fest, Be You, was a culmination of a year’s worth of visual art from students in grades 9-12. With pieces spread throughout the Bailey Family Center for the Arts, the evening provided a visual treat for the eyes. 

collage of student art

Kathia G. A’20 came up with this year’s theme and accompanying design, which “came from the concept of not being afraid to show the world who you are, to embrace your differences. I thought it would be appropriate for the Arts Fest theme because the whole idea of art, in my opinion, is expressing what makes you, you. When coming up with the promotional materials, I wanted to express this feeling by making my design very simple, yet also being able to understand my full message of embracing your differences.

arts fest poster

I decided to use the silhouette of a young African American women who is embracing her authentic and natural curly hair, things that show her individuality. The layers around her symbolize her different, yet beautiful, qualities coming out as she embraces herself and her passion into the world. Overall, when viewing my design, I want to reach out to not only to the art students to come to the Arts Fest, but also the student body as a whole. I want everyone to celebrate how beautiful it is to express yourself, no matter what medium that may be.” 

Arts Fest speakers

The celebration included gallery talks from the AP Studio students, live demonstrations, and 12 students were inducted into the National Art Honor Society. Attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite artist in each class, including 2D Art I, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Digital Imaging, Pre-AP Art and AP Studio.

National Art Honor Society induction

Visual arts teachers Sr. Lisa Perkowski and Melissa Lima were impressed not only with the students' growth this year, but also with their effort to coordinate, design and hang the show as a collaborative effort. “Looking through the display at Arts Fest, it is always a joy to see the culmination of our students’ artistic growth. We are very proud of them,” Sr. Lisa said.

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