Young Artists 2021

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

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

The exhibit, now in its 38th year, is composed of work created by 350 high school seniors from 30 schools throughout Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield counties. The exhibit was on display throughout the month of February.

Oquasia Pride, a senior at White Plains High School, had one of her projects shown in the exhibit. Although the museum limited the number of people who could view the work at one time, she was fortunate enough to have seen her work hanging as part of the show.

“It was nice seeing everybody’s art,” Qquasia said, “and to see the different styles of art.”

For her piece, Oquasia selected a portrait she created in Adobe Illustrator of Chance the Rapper.

Oquasia said before she got started on her piece, she was thinking she wanted to use a celebrity as a model. The rapper, wearing a baseball cap, caught her attention.

Oquasia said she came to BOCES to study commercial art as she is intending to study graphic design in college.

“We get to be creative and make anything we want,” she said.

Emma Garcia, a senior at New Rochelle High School, also submitted a piece for the show. Her selection was a digital piece reflecting current events — a girl wearing a mask.

“It feels really good,” Emma said of having her work on display in a public place.

In addition to being part of the exhibit, Emma also participated in a special workshop offered by the museum. Select students had an opportunity to safely meet and design a piece. One would be chosen for a postcard detailing information about the Young Artist’s Exhibit.

Although her design was not chosen, Emma said the workshop was a great experience as it allowed her to meet other art students.

In all, nine students from the Commercial Art program had their work shown in the exhibit. Aside from Oquasia and Emma, fellow students include Elliot Issaka, Donald Grant, David Oliva, Angel Contreras-Lazaro, Stephen Rush, Erica Jimenez, Shakira Cherimond and Vivian Rivera.

“I am just super proud of these guys,” Commercial Art teacher Damian Powers said of his students. “Especially with the pandemic. For them to be able to get focused and engage with everything going on outside, it’s great.”  

Click here to view a link to the online show.