From Nov. 12 through Dec. 8, Mount St. Joseph University’s San Giuseppe Art Gallery is showcasing the artwork of 124 regional high school students as part of the University’s 18th biennial exhibition and awards gala, Selections 2017 . The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The opening recognition reception was held for participants at the gallery on Nov. 12. Three students from McNicholas High School are participating in this year’s Selections.
Art teacher Willy Corbett chose AP Art senior Abbey Pour and Independent Studio senior Faith Miller to contribute one piece of artwork each, and photography teacher Rebecca Carmel chose AP Photography senior Aly Faulhaber to enter two of her photographs. Corbett chose Pour and Miller because, “They showed the most commitment as seniors to creating their art.”
As for Carmel, she chose Faulhaber because “Aly’s goal is to go to the Mount for college and especially continue in her studies of art.” Corbett also said that he has been entering students in Selection for nearly his entire career and that “it’s a good way to showcase their work and honor them for all the time and effort.”
Pour entered a painting named Why Must You Pull Me Down?. “I turned this in because I feel like anyone can relate to the feeling of being dragged down by something or someone. It’s a painting made to make you feel something,” Pour said. The medium she used was watercolor painting and sharpie, and the work took her about a week to complete. Pour said what she likes the most about the Selections experience is that “It’s a good way to promote interest in the arts, and to have this experience on college resumes.”
Miller turned in a work called Lady in Gold for her entry. All of the different Halloween drawings that she had been seeing on the internet inspired her to complete it. Her artwork was done with the use of colored pencils, and took almost three weeks to complete. Miller said that what she liked most about the Selections experience is that it pushed her to do something that she would not normally do if she worried it might take too much time to complete.
Faulhaber entered two works of digital photography for Selections. She titled her two pieces A Step in the Right Direction and Just Moving FORwarD. Faulhaber entered because, “My family pushed me to push myself,” she said. She chose these two pieces since cars mean a lot to her family, and it is part of her concentration. AP Photography students are required to have a concentration for their final portfolio, and Faulhaber’s is around transportation. What Faulhaber liked best from the Selections experience was getting recognition for the work she’s put into her art.
(Thumbnail photo/featured image courtesy of Amanda Gratsch via Mount St. Joseph University.)