Thursday, May 02, 2013

WCA Award at School District's "Young Artist" Exhibition

For at least the past 20 years (it actually goes back longer than that but no one remembers how long . . . ), the Philadelphia Chapter has presented an award at the Philadelphia School District's annual show of work by students in the public schools.

"Young Artists" is one of the largest school district art exhibitions in the country with over 150 exhibiting schools representing grades K-12. Tessie Varthas, Art Content Specialist for the Office of Academic Enrichment and Support at the School District, is the primary force behind this event and is a longtime friend of the WCA.

On May 1, the opening day of the show, Chapter members Barbara Gesshel (who used to work as an art teacher in the District) and Virginia Maksymowicz chose this year's winner:

Tamirah Grant-Bridgeford

Tamirah is an 11th-grader at Central High School. We thought her mosaic-collage of cut photographs and painted paper showed a sense of dynamic movement and spatial depth from an unusual point of view.

The exhibition runs until August 30, with a public reception on May 14. The WCA will be presenting our award at the recognition ceremony on Wednesday, June 12, at 4:30 pm in the Atrium of the School District building. All are welcome to attend!

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