Student work to be featured in iCreate exhibition
Student work to be featured in iCreate Show
With so much of his education becoming so unsettled recently, Carlos Valiente, a senior at Woodlands High School and a Commercial Arts student at the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services recently received some wonderful news.
His submission was selected out of more than 800 entries to be a part of the Bruce Museum iCreate 2020 Exhibition.
Teacher Damian Powers said his students had been working with the Greenwich, Connecticut-based museum to create a flyer for the iCreate Show. He encouraged his students to submit their work for consideration.
The museum describes the exhibition for regional high school students as “an array of works infused with the creative spirit and impactful voices of budding young artists. iCreate serves as an outlet for these emerging artists, amplifying the scope of their pieces’ influence and providing the community a glimpse into local artistic potential. The works are of diverse mediums and explore different themes ranging from critiques of traditional social constructs to playful portraits, to statements regarding animal extinction.”
“When I heard that my drawing had been selected for the exhibition, I was really happy and excited because people were going to be able to see what I do and that meant a lot to me,” Carlos said.
Like the schools, museums have had to make adjustments to how they operate due to COVID-19. The Bruce Museum closed, however, is still planning to move forward with the iCreate exhibition, which is slated to open on June 27, 2020 and run through August 9.
Volunteer Manager/Digital Media Manager Mary Ann Lendenmann said the exhibition will be the first show for the museum since it closed due to the pandemic. They are planning on staggering attendance and enforce social-distancing protocols. In addition, an online exhibit of the work is being organized along with a video of the 55 pieces in the exhibit.
Each selected piece will be framed at the expense of the museum and be showed with an artist statement.
Carlos said he joined the Commercial Art program at BOCES because he wanted to learn more about art, different medias and meet others with similar interests.
“The thing I like most about the class is that it is a safe place to be creative, everyone helps each other and we’re like a family,” he said.
Since distance learning has been in place, Carlos said he misses his classmates and teachers and it has been an adjustment for him.
“At first I was ok with it because I thought it was going to be similar to a school break and a lot less stressful,” he said. “But now I realize that it’s not. Learning through a computer screen is a lot more difficult because I personally find it difficult to learn some subjects without a teacher.”
“But,” he continued, “there are only a few days left of the school year, so I’ll just try doing my best with distance learning and hope it doesn’t extend all the way to September.”
The drawing Carlos submitted for the show is one he did of Mr. Powers’ dog using colored pencils.
“I decided to draw it because I wanted to do something different,” Carlos said. “I usually do portraits but this time I wanted to attempt to draw an animal and try to draw fur, which is usually complicated to do.”
“Throughout his junior and senior year Carlos always showed initiative,” Mr. Powers said. “If there was a project to do or extra work to complete, he would do it.”
“Carlos has been able to combine his fine art skills with the use of the computer skills he acquired in the commercial art program,” Mr. Powers continued. “When I saw the email that his artwork was selected for the iCreate show, I was very proud. He deserves every bit of recognition that he can get. He is polite, talented and a hard worker.”