By Brianna Naderpour, Emily Dupas, Bradley Cusnier and Rene Padilla
MAY 11, 2016
An annual tradition at Saint Thomas Aquinas (STA) is the Juried Spring Art Show. The art show was held in the Bienes Center from April 20-25, and the viewing hours were 9 AM to 3 PM, excluding weekends. According to Fine Arts Department Head, Dr. Mulder, the viewing hours were extended on Wednesday, April 20, during the Vocal Concert and Dance Recital, and Thursday, April 21, during the Spring Instrumental Concert.
This year’s show had an array of pieces that ranged from digital art to pottery. The art show organizer, Mrs. Keen, invited a well-known local artist, Ms. Barbara Dix, to judge the event. All entries were of such high caliber that the judge was definitely faced with a difficult decision when it came time to select the winners.
Art teacher Ms. Moore explained her criteria for entering students’ works, “As long as [the students] show proficiency in the skills they’ve been taught and demonstrate that they’ve put forth the time and effort, I don’t really turn anyone away.” Most of the students’ entries are actually assignments that they’ve completed during class. Given the variety of art media that is usually featured, there is never a specific theme to these shows.
The art show has been a part of the STA community since 2003. Mrs. Keen appreciates that the art show gives STA students the opportunity to display their talents and express themselves.
The students that had their art featured were ecstatic. STA freshman, Shannon Scandiffio, spoke about her modified self-portrait, saying, “[The portrait] represents how when people first see you, sometimes you don’t show your true expression. You have different parts of you that really show who you are.”
Spectators were very impressed. Teacher Mrs. Hagood said, “Kudos to the art teachers that help the students exhibit their work. It’s really impressive.” Students also seemed to appreciate the work of their fellow Raiders. The Juried Spring Art Show left an excellent impression on visitors this year, and it will challenge artists to do even better next year.