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Bradbury Art Museum features high school students’ artwork


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Bradbury Art Museum features high school students’ artwork


JONESBORO – A public reception for the juried exhibition “Inspired” will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Bradbury Art Museum on the campus of Arkansas State University.

Local high school art students visited the Bradbury Art Museum in October to view the exhibition "A Shared Vision: Selections from the Rudolph-Blume Collection.”  This set of 88 artworks, shown publicly for the first time at BAM, includes internationally revered artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Jim Dine, Ann Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Martin Puryear, Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol.  Also featured are several well-known Houston and Texas artists like Michael Ray Charles, Mark Flood, Francesca Fuchs and Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Students from Jonesboro, Valley View, Nettleton, Brookland and Bay High Schools toured and discussed the exhibition.  As in past years, they were asked to select a piece that inspired them and to create an artwork of their own based on that work.  Further they wrote a statement about their artwork and together these two components were submitted to be considered for a competitive exhibition.

Dr. Mihaela Savu, a practicing artist and alumna from the A-State Department of Art and Design, served as the juror of the exhibition.  She reviewed all submitted works of art and written statements to select which pieces would be included in the show, titled “Inspired.” During the selection process, Savu stated, “What an honor and a difficult task this is to go through so many good artworks, but be limited by the gallery space.”

As she was concluding the jurying she mentioned, “The works chosen are reflective of my subjective judgment which, by no means is the ultimate judgment.  I encourage all participants to continue to make art as I see great talent germinating.”

More than 100 students participated in the fall tours.  Twenty-five works were chosen from those submitted for the exhibition.

The artists included from The Academies at Jonesboro High School include Beau Alexander, Brooks Browning, Myka Laws, Zoey Moore, Stormy Purdy, Natalie Quintana, Caroline Rose, Chris Sullivan, Daeshawn Trice and Anna Wiener.

Valley View High School is represented by Madelyn Clack, Wesley Conner, Courtney Garner, Jillian Silas and Elizabeth Turner.  Nettleton High School artists include Kyana Chandler, Kayla Copeland, William Griffin and Jillian Lewis.

The artwork of Bri Gibson, Winter Hicks, Baylie Hill and Abby Wilson was selected from Brookland High School.  Lily Emerick and Kaitlyn Norwood will represent Bay High School.

Award winners will be announced at the opening reception Wednesday, Nov. 29.  The exhibition will continue through Friday, Dec. 8.

This annual event is open to all local high school students in the Jonesboro area and is coordinated through BAM’s new public outreach program.  Shannon Smithee, education curator for the program, said, “This has been so successful and rewarding that next year we plan to expand the project and include artists from 9th through 12th grade.”

Smithee continued, “The students took their projects so seriously.  They were excited by the exhibition and actively engaged in conversations about the work on view.  It was great to see the variations in their interpretations about individual artworks.  One piece in particular was discussed as being representative of everything from cartoon characters to imagery from the Sistine Chapel.”