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The Convergence Arts Initiative Presents Alexandria All City High School Art Exhibition 2017

Photo courtesy of the Convergence Arts Initiative.

Photo courtesy of the Convergence Arts Initiative.

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Reception: Saturday, February 11 from 7pm to 9pm

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For the second year in a row, the Convergence Arts Initiative will present the Alexandria City High School Art Exhibit, a collaborative event which highlights the artwork of students from Bishop Ireton, Episcopal High School, T.C. Williams, and St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School. Last year, the exhibit was overwhelmingly successful in bringing together students and faculty from our city’s high schools for a friendly and collaborative event focused around the arts and this year will continue to recognize, encourage, and celebrate the creative pursuits of the visual arts students and teachers within our community.

High school students participate in all aspects of the exhibition from submitting a call to framing and hanging their work. The exhibition features a diverse display of artwork in a variety of media. Approximately 90 students will participate in this juried exhibition. Prizes will be awarded in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, digital design, ceramics, and sculpture.

Participating High Schools
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School -The Visual Arts program at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School is a comprehensive arts education for all students from JK through 12th grade. Students work on both two and three-dimensional projects and experience the media of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, digital media, and photography. Faculty members encourage personal expression and emphasize the artistic process rather than focus on the finished product. Artwork created in the high school years is more complex, unique, and self-expressive in the two-dimensional media of drawing, painting, and printmaking, the three-dimensional media of ceramics and sculpture, or a combination of both. Students learn to research, plan, and execute individualized projects as well as work collaboratively on the creation of group projects. Our students are regularly recognized in national and local art competitions.

T.C. Williams High School – TCW offers more than 3500 Alexandria students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to explore their creative selves through the media of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and computer-based graphic imaging. In addition to a four-level sequence of broadly exploratory art classes in Art 1, 2, 3 & 4, the art department offers Ceramics, AP Studio Art- Drawing, AP Studio Art- 3-D and AP Art History courses. A chapter of the Art Honor Society at T.C. further promotes these students’ exploration of their creative selves through the arts. Photography and Graphic Design classes reside within the Career and Technical Education umbrella and include a two level Commercial Photography sequence and basic and advanced courses Graphic Design. At any one time more than 700 T.C. students are enrolled in one or more of these classes.

Bishop Ireton High School – The Visual Art Program at Bishop Ireton offers a robust arts education program designed for all students who are passionate about art. Students may take four years of progressively intense study which prepares those wishing to continue their study of art into college. Classes are: Principles of Art; Painting and Drawing; AP Drawing and 2-D Design (in which students produce a minimum of 24 works for their portfolios); AP Studio Art: Drawing (for the serious art student who wishes to advance theoretically in art); and, Honors Portfolio Preparation/Senior Studio (for the student wishing in-depth or independent project assistance). Fine Arts students at Bishop Ireton develop self-discipline and pride in work accomplished, and serve the community with exhibitions and performances. The spring “Evening with the Arts” program highlights the talents of students in the visual arts, music, and drama.

Episcopal High School – Founded in 1839, Episcopal High School is a co-educational, college preparatory boarding school in Alexandria, Va., located just 10 minutes outside the nation’s capital. The Arts Department at EHS instills in students a lifelong commitment to the creative arts and the world of imagination. As the only 100 percent residential boarding school in a major metropolitan area, Episcopal is able to bring the arts to life by frequently taking students into the nation’s capital to explore its cultural resources, as well as inviting many talented performers and artists to campus. The Angie Newman Johnson Gallery hosts four professional exhibitions and two major student exhibitions each year. EHS offers a wide variety of visual arts classes in photography, painting and drawing, ceramics and bookmaking and yearlong advanced courses in 2-D and 3-D mediums. Each year, the Ainslie Arts Center is the home to over 60 percent of Episcopal’s student body, who work and perform in an abundant variety of visual and performing arts courses. Students who wish to focus their talents and energies toward serious training in the arts, over four years, are able to prepare for a major in the arts at the college level. Episcopal students show their work locally and nationally and some alumni go on to pursue careers in the arts.
All City 2017 Design by Lilly Wilcox, Class of 2018. Student of Junko Pinkowski at Episcopal High School

Juror of All City High School Art Exhibition 2017
Laurel Lukaszewski – Laurel, a sculptor working in clay, is the owner and director of White Point Studio, LLC in Mt. Rainier, MD, which she established in the fall of 2014. Before this she was a founding member of Flux Studios also in Mt. Rainier. In the summer of 2008 she was a guest artist at Seattle’s Pottery Northwest. In fall 2009 she was the ARTworks artist-in-residence at the Holland Hall School in Tulsa, OK. Laurel has served on a number of nonprofit boards including the Washington Sculptors Group, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Washington Project for the Arts Artist Council. Laurel has also juried work and/or curated shows for Red Bull’s Art of Can, the Montpellier Art Center, Lorton’s Workhouse Art Center, Alexandria’s Art on the Avenue, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. www.laurellukaszewski.com

All City High School 2017 Committee

  • TCW- Beth Coast, Taki Sidley
    SSSAS- Kate Elkins, Joey Wade
    BI- Victoria Eichler
    EHS- Liz Vorlicek

Visual art teachers at Bishop Ireton

  • Victoria Eichler

Visual art teachers at Episcopal High School

  • David Douglas
    Nathaniel Duffield
    Frank Phillips
    Elizabeth Vorlicek
    Junko Pinkowski
    Elsabe Dixon

Visual art teachers at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes

  • Kate Elkins
    Joey Wade

Visual art teachers at T.C. Williams

  • Beth Coast
    Tabitha Eller
    Nick Gust
    Pamela Johnson
    Benjamin Lyon (photography)
    Leslie Rousseau
    Taki Sidley (photography)

Gallery Hours:

  • Fridays 10am to 5pm
  • Saturdays 10am to 4pm

The Gallery at Convergence is located at 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA. For more information, visit www.ourconvergence.org.