By Jason Galligan-Baldwin, Art Professor and Studio Art’s Coordinator
The School of Architecture + Art held its Fifth Annual High School Juried Exhibition in which more than 115 works of art were displayed in Chaplin Hall Gallery from December 13 – January 22. The show ended on Sunday, Jan. 22, with a reception and announcement of winners.
The scope of entries this year came from high school students from Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Maine. The jurors received over 150 entries, submitted by 60 students, from 12 New England high school programs. The amount of entries doubled from the previous year and the range of media represented, the overall quality of work, and the craftsmanship in this year’s show was extraordinary.
The show is designed to provide an opportunity for area high schools to engage students with a panel of professionals on their work and ignites Norwich’s sense of service. This mission is personal to me.
I grew up in rural, central Louisiana. Our high school had an art program that was barely funded but we had a teacher, Mr. Nugent, who encouraged students to appreciate the visual arts. I witnessed what he had to do to keep the program running with a limited budget and limited help from the community and the public school system. That experience has stayed with me and now as an art professor, working for an institution that encourages service to the community, I wanted to create this juried exhibition to give young artists a larger platform to showcase their creations and to celebrate the art teachers who do so much, with, in some cases, so little.
The exhibition was juried by myself, my colleague: Danny Sagan, Associate Professor of Architecture and Program Director, and Amy Konigbauer, Teacher and Head of Art Department at U32 High School.
The winners of the 5th Annual High School Juried Exhibition are:
- Best of Show: Jialin Zhou, Vermont Academy, Water Mirror (pictured)
- 1st Place: Kyleigh Bell, Peru Central School, 14
- 2nd Place: Kelsey Hagman, Lyndon Institute, Dice
- 3rd Place: Alexis Hutchins, Peru Central School, You Thought You Knew Me
- Best Craftsmanship: Victoria LaFave, Peru Central School, Raku Ceramic and Vines
- Outstanding Art Program: Lyndon Institute, For 5 years of outstanding student entries.