Twenty-nine years ago, the administration asked students in the upper school to decorate the theater lobby with artwork for the upcoming musical. Before long, these colorful student-made pieces spread through the lower school hallways and eventually caught the attention of former upper school art teacher and current school photographer, Ms. Wilson, who proposed that the upper school start an end-of-the-year show case to celebrate the efforts of the graduating class. The art department was on board and in 1994 Morris Hall hosted Academy’s first Senior Art Show.
To be featured in the show, students are required to participate in a fine arts class during their senior year but many choose to enroll in art classes as underclassmen.
On Wednesday, April 19, students, parents, and teachers gathered in the first and second floors of the Morris Hall Art Gallery for this year’s opening reception to applaud 53 seniors’ artwork. Sandwiches, veggie platters, and cake were served.
Mr. Block, said, “I think it’s a nice evening, the opening especially, to bring their families here and to share their best efforts of high school. It features their strengths, their interests, their progress.”
This year’s reception had the biggest turnout so far. Mr. Block is glad to be a part of a program that encourages people to be involved and supportive in their community.
In preparation for this year’s show, Alicia D. designed senior art tee-shirts, and Claire C. created invitations and posters that were displayed around the campus.
If you were unable to attend the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until Friday, May 26.