At Morning Reports on March 10, 2023, our community was treated to a selection of student works from recent visual arts competitions. Outside the doors of Kiggins Auditorium, the winter display of student artwork fills the walls of the Slocum Gallery (see photos on SmugMug
). Earlier this semester, we also celebrated the photography of Audrey F. ’25, featured at the Albany Institute.
Scholastic Art Awards
Each year, the Alliance for Young Artists partners with more than 100 visual arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Art Awards to local communities. This year, we submitted 31 artworks and 14 students received awards. Students who receive the Gold Key honor at the regional level are considered for national awards.
Art in Three Dimensions
Emma Willard had five students who had their works selected for the Art in Three Dimension show held at Mohonasen High School during the month of February 2023. There were a total of 17 High Schools participating this year, with a total of 241 works of art submitted and 94 selected for exhibition. The show was juried by local multi-disciplinary artist Alicia Barton and Isabella Burnett, curatorial coordinator at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The Art in Three Dimensions exhibition is sponsored by the Capital Area Art Supervisors Group.
Lenses Exhibit at Albany Institute
Photography by Audrey F. ’25 was recently selected to be displayed alongside photography by Gordon Parks in an exhibit named "Lenses" at the Albany Institute of History and Art. The six-week Youth FX program selected six students (including Audrey) to train with local photographers to learn technical aspects of photography, frequenting the Albany Institute's exhibit to study Parks' work and his legacy.
“A Whole New World”
Audrey’s artist's statement: I chose this piece because it helps represent redlining. The seemingly normal signs have two cities displayed, which both get off at the same exit. Even though the cities on the signs are close in proximity, that is where the similarities stop as each city is a part of completely different socioeconomic classes and societies. Simply being born in any of the towns featured will determine your level of opportunity, quality in schooling, access to clean water, healthy grocery stores, safe housing, and clean air. Although these may just be passing signs on the highway to you, to someone else it represents decades of discriminatory practices, as well as a life they could’ve had if they were a different race/socioeconomic group.
Congratulations to all of our talented visual artists on having their work recognized beyond the walls of Emma!