Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Carnegie exhibit showcases students’ works

For 16 years running, center’s exhibit puts young artists’ pieces on display

April 5, 2007

— The Carnegie Arts Center's Stacks Gallery is showcasing area students' artwork - not for prizes, merely for the chance to exhibit.

Carolyn Singleton, executive director at the Carnegie, said for the past 16 years the student art show has taken place every spring. The center tries to contact the schools that want to participate and let them know about the show.

"We contact the schools and the art teachers," Singleton said.

Each school's art teacher chooses which students' work will appear in the show. The teachers then go to the center to display the art in the gallery, Singleton said.

Andrea Wecker, Lansing Middle School art teacher, said she enjoys seeing her current and former students' artwork at the gallery.

"It's nice to see the kids come and get some recognition for their art," Wecker said.

Wecker also likes attending the show for the new ideas she gets from the other artwork. It is inspiring to see what other art teachers in the area are doing, Wecker said.

Only a select number of students' artwork can be put on display because of the limited space in the gallery, Wecker said.

Wecker found out how much room she was allotted, which depends on how many other schools are going to exhibit, in January. This year, she was able to select about 30 pieces from her sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.

"I try to pick some of the best work that's been done all year and a variety of different projects so the community can see what Lansing is doing," she said.

Kebie Heintzelman, Lane Carpenter, Taylor Kroll, Preston Padgett and Ionela Marinuto, seventh-grade students at Lansing Middle school, have artwork on display in the show.

Heintzelman and Carpenter's is an art project called the fantasy forest, made with markers and fluorescent colors.

"We had to create imaginary things," Heintzelman said.

Kroll has an oil pastel drawing of a person in the show, and Padgett and Marinuto both created contour drawings of a plant.

A contour drawing is when someone draws without looking at the paper and only looks at the object they are drawing. This method helps students learn how to draw only what they see, Wecker said.

On March 16, there was a reception for the students in the show, Singleton said. When the students arrived at the reception, they picked up nametags that said, "exhibiting artists."

Although the reception is traditional, the snacks served were a bit untraditional.

"Instead of serving punch and cheese, we have root beer floats and popcorn," Singleton said.

The student show continues through April 16.

- Abbie Stutzer is a University of Kansas journalism student. Her work will appear this semester in The Current.


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