Student Showcase 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5 ~ 5:30pm to 7:00pm
During the month of May, the Community Arts Center and PNC Bank are proud to highlight the creative talents of local students in the annual Student Showcase. The 2017 Student Showcase includes artwork by more than 300 students in grades K-12 from 12 schools.
The first floor Grand Hall gallery will display artwork by selected Boyle County and Danville High School seniors – including Artst X – whose work was selected by their teachers as demonstrating exemplary creative excellence. In addition to these spotlight pieces, the Student Showcase will feature several pieces of collaborative student artwork. Under the direction of teacher Darell Rickmers, a group of students from Bate Middle School created a puzzle as part of the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Arts Literacy Project: Bearing Witness Holocaust Study. The students read through the script, “Number the Stars”, by Lois Lowry, adapted by Beth Bugner and Donna Wojcik and created the artwork in response. Other collaborative pieces include a mixed media installation by Woodlawn Elementary School students and a quilt by Bate Middle School students.
The Lockhart Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Arts Center will house “Identity,” an art exhibit presented by students from Hogsett, Jennie Rogers and Toliver elementary schools who participated in the Side-By-Side program this spring. Selected students were invited to weekly sessions during which they explored artistic skills and processes through the themes of cultural, community and self-identity. Led by DISD visual art teacher Chassity Brady and elementary teacher Mary Neal, the students worked with mask-making techniques, painting, armature, and clay. The program culminated with a mentoring session that partnered the student artists with professional artists from the Danville community.
The Identity exhibit includes student artwork created during the sessions and both the student and mentor’s artwork from the culminating sessions. Students were recognized during a special reception at Hogsett Elementary School on April 24th and their artwork has been displayed at all three schools. The program was funded by VSA Kentucky, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities in the arts for children and adults with disabilities.
The second floor of the Arts Center will also feature the Youth Art Fair, organized by the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County in partnership with the Danville Independent School District, the Boyle County Schools, the Kentucky School for the Deaf, and Danville Christian Academy. Since 2002, the Arts Commission has been pleased to offer an opportunity for local students to exhibit their work to the community. Originally held in Millennium Park, then in local school gyms or foyers, and now at the Community Arts Center, the Youth Art Fair continues to attract hundreds of school aged participants and even more spectators. Mimi Becker, Executive Director of the Arts Commission, says “The Youth Art Fair is the perfect celebration of the wonderfully creative students and teachers we have in this community. It is a pleasure to see the variety of exciting work the students have produced. The Arts Commission appreciates all those who have encouraged and mentored these kids who are so very proud of their accomplishments.”
The Student Showcase is made possible by the amazing efforts of:
The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County
Boyle County 4-H Council
Boyle County Schools
Danville Christian Academy
Danville Independent School District
Kentucky School for the Deaf