Students in the AP Studio Art course, co-taught by Woodworking & 3D Design Teacher Erik Curtis and Visual Arts Teacher Samantha Salazar, showcased their work for the Moorestown Friends School community and for the general public at an Exhibition and Artist Reception on April 25. The reception took place in Van Meter Hall . 2D design and 3D design work was featured including Photography, Painting, and Mixed Media. Eight students are enrolled in the course: Robie Driscoll ’18, Zachary Durr ’18, Sujin Kim ’18, Julia Kropiewnicki ’19, Han Nguyen ’18, Kayleigh Schweiker ’18, Jennifer Taub ’18, and Echo Yan ’19.
“We wanted to create an opportunity in which the students were also the curators,” said Mrs. Salazar. “We were able to teach them about what it is like to be in a group show and all the steps that go into putting an exhibition together. They all worked hard and pulled off a very impressive show. We are very happy and thankful for the continued support from family, friends, administration, and community members. The evening was a major success and we are so proud of our student accomplishments.”
Echoing similar sentiments, Mr. Curtis said, “Our hope for the show was that our students could experience some of the hard work involved in showing one’s work to the public, as well as the elation that comes with a successful event. If you’re passionate about your work, then you should put your work, and yourself, in front of the public so that they might experience that passion along with you. People invest in artists more than they do art; they want to know why we as makers do what we do. It’s comfortable to surround yourself with other artists, but we have to learn to convey our work to the broader world, and our students surpassed every expectation we had in discussing their work with those in attendance. I am exceedingly proud and grateful to those who supported us in this endeavor.”
More artwork produced by the students is also on display from through May 8 in Stokes Hall.