Students Showcase Work at Annual Arts Fest

May 1, 2018

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Academy’s visual arts department held its annual Arts Fest. The Arts Fest is an exhibition showcasing art students’ cumulative work throughout the year. The theme for the event was Meraki, which is a Greek word meaning to do something with soul, creativity, or love.

The event began at 5 p.m. with gallery talks from the AP Studio Art and Portfolio Honors Students. Artists described their vision, inspiration, and theme of their concentration pieces.

Digital Imaging and Photography student, Mary Kelly Cardillo (‘20) said, “We had a lot of different assignment and creative freedom, but i tried concentrating my pieces on people because I like to depict emotions and feelings.”

Cardillo used a film camera for her main photography pieces (Photo Credit: Gracie Wipfli/Achona Online).

Arts Fest officially began at 6 p.m. and lasted until 9 p.m. The Michael and Candace Valdes Family Gallery was filled with art from Art 2D 1 and 2, Drawing, Portfolio, Ceramics, AP Studio Art, and Photography classes.

AP Studio student, Maddy Ruppel (‘18) said, “The beginning of the year we did a lot of different pieces and second semester we started working on our concentration pieces which have one central theme. I wanted to do pieces that elicited feelings of home.”

Painting student, Morgan Salzsieder (’18) said, “I was inspired by the beauty in life that surrounds me and the creativity of my peers.”

Certain students gave live art presentations. Technology was integrated into their artwork.

Doussan gave a digital presentation on Photography and Digital Design in Yearbook (Photo Credit: Gracie Wipfli/Achona Online).

Digital Imaging Student, Mia Leto (’18) said, “Digital imaging was a really interesting course. I had to learn a few tricks and pick some things up because I haven’t taken an arts class since freshman year. I took inspiration from my family’s history.”

Leto’s concentration piece was inspired by her favorite pair of shoes (Photo Credit: Gracie Wipfli/Achona Online).

Standout gallery came from AP Studio student, Julia Lee (’18). Lee’s cumulative work was showcased in the main gallery room.

“My concentration, A Deconstruction of Modern American Suburbia, is a visual commentary on modern suburbia and the dynamic of society with these communities,” Lee said.

“I used humor in my pieces because my critique on modern suburbia is not intended to be disdainful or harsh, but rather a playful satiric jab at the ironic realities of this lifestyle,” Lee said (Photo Credit: Gracie Wipfli/Achona Online).

Ceramics student, Sophia Doussan (’18) said, “The objective of the project was to take something from nature that inspires or acts as a metaphor for your personality. I chose butterflies to represent a butterfly mind because I have ADHD.”

“I only had about a month to work on my piece because someone else’s exploded in the kiln and destroyed mine,” Doussan said (Photo Credit: Gracie Wipfli/Achona Online).

Artwork will be on display in the Bailey Center through May 4.





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