Amanda Unger and Lilian Makar were presented with awards for their artwork in the 22nd Annual Emerging Artists Exhibit sponsored by the Art Administrators of New Jersey. This exhibit featured artwork produced by students who are studying art in high schools throughout the state of New Jersey.
Amanda, a junior, and Computer Graphics student of Mrs. Charlann Meluso, received a Merit Award for her image titled “Your Favorite Drug”. It was a digital image of a snap shot of a prescription drug bottle spilling jewels onto a hand that is reaching into the photo, creating an illusion of a third dimension.
Lilian, a senior and Photography student of Mr. Thomas Hart, received an Honorable Mention Award for “Sophistically Paranoid”, a color digital photograph. It is a self-portrait photographed in the “film noir” style.
Melissa Bowman, a Fine Arts student of Mrs. Christina Poruczynski also had her artwork on display at the exhibition. Her oversized portrait “Aloof” was executed entirely in oil pastels. It was a portrait of her friend, Camila who was the figure model for the AP Studio Art class earlier this year.
The art exhibit was held at the James Howe Gallery at Kean College from January 8 to February 7, 2010, with the awards reception on Sunday, February 7. This year’s show included work from 47 students from 28 high schools districts throughout the state. The annual art exhibit was initiated in 1968 in an effort to recognize the outstanding achievements of New Jersey high school students in the area of visual arts, and to heighten public awareness of art education programs in the state.
Joan H. Rosen, Director of Music and Art had this to say: “I am so proud of the work of our students and I am pleased that through my affiliation with the AANJ our students can reach this honor that has been likened to a Visual Arts All-State Competition”.
As in the past, examples of student work exhibited in this year’s exhibition is available to view online at www.aanj.org