Katonah Museum of Art Young Artists 2020

Commercial art students work is on display at KMA

On the walls for all to see: Commercial Art students participate in KMA student exhibit

For the second year in a row, several students in the Commercial Art program of Southern Westchester BOCES’ Center for Career Services have their work on display in the Katonah Museum of Art’s “Young Artists 2020” exhibit.

The exhibit is comprised of work created by almost 400 high school seniors from schools in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam and Fairfield counties

Senior Angelina Forgione from Harrison High School selected a self-portrait for the show.

“It was my best work,” she said. “I didn’t know I could do that until I tried it. I surprised myself. It’s mind-blowing for me to have my work on public display. I never saw myself going into art.”

Angelina was among a select group of art students who had the opportunity to participate in the “Young Artists” graphic design workshop that took place ahead of the exhibit. At the workshop, students worked to create the exhibit’s logo.

“It was interesting,” Angelina said. “Everyone had different ideas.”

Liam Bravo, a senior at Rye Neck High School, submitted a Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) project in the form of a poster that he designed. It brings attention to the dangers of cyberbullying.

“It’s one of my best pieces,” he said. “I had a personal attachment to it. I put a lot of effort into it.”

Sleepy Hollow High School senior Eric Tuba said he created a superhero for the piece he submitted.

“I love comics,” he said, adding that he wanted to make a real-life version of one of the characters he admires.

While Eric felt a bit nervous about having his art displayed in public, he hopes that it inspires others.

The students who submitted work and were selected to participate in the show include Liam, Eric, Angelina, Carlos Valiente, Jose Mendoza, Liam Tannian, Nicholas Piccirillo and Stephanie Castaneda.

“I was excited, and I thought it would be nice to present my work to people,” said Carlos, a senior at Woodlands High School, who was among several students who attended the exhibit’s opening reception on Feb. 9. “I wanted to see the other work people had done and learn by seeing different techniques,” he continued.

Stephanie, a senior at White Plains High School, submitted a piece that is half-colorful and half-monochromatic.

“I enjoyed doing it and it’s not something I normally do,” she said of the particular artistic style she used. “It’s a nice opportunity.”

Nicholas, a senior at Ardsley High School, submitted an illustration he had done of different characters.

“I just felt like I wanted to show it off to people,” he said.

New Rochelle High School senior Jose Mendoza submitted a self-portrait that was inspired by the popular artists Banksy and Vincent van Gogh.

“I was really happy to see that other people were creative,” Jose said after viewing the entire exhibit at the opening reception. “I felt proud of myself when I saw my drawing there.”

Jose also participated in the “Young Artists” graphic design workshop and said he enjoyed working with the other students.

The “Young Artists 2020” exhibit runs through March 1. The Katonah Museum of Art is located at 134 Jay St. in Katonah.