Winners Named for Juried Art Show
By Tiffany Searcy, Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
To view all photos from the Opening Reception, click here.
In early fall, Diane Buffington, owner of Wild Hope Gallery in Alpharetta contacted the upper school visual arts department with an amazing opportunity for our students. She asked if we would like to participate in a juried art competition that she would host at her gallery. The offer was too good to pass up so upper and middle school art instructor Anita Hunter and I excitedly accepted. In the months that followed, Ms. Hunter worked closely with Ms. Buffington and members of the Office of Advancement, Pisgah Arts Parent Association (PAPA) and our upper school art club ArtREACH to plan for the show.
All upper school students were invited to participate in the show through an online digital submission process. Senior Lindsey Odom, upper school art intern, diligently processed the work as it came in by creating a master document of both the student’s information and the work.
Lindsey said, “It was an interesting process to not only participate in the art show as a student artist, but also to be behind the scenes in formatting the art work in a presentation for the judges. I also assisted in collecting and preparing the work as the selected finalists submitted their pieces for display at Wild Hope.”
Lindsey also reflected on being one of the 35 students selected for this show. “It really was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As a senior, my experience was very special, particularly since this was the first time Mount Pisgah has done something like this. While I plan to create art in college, this really was a memorable opportunity to participate in a juried competition.”
Out of more than 120 works of art submitted, 55 pieces by 35 student-artists were selected for display in the gallery after the first round of judging. Each of the artists brought forth a diverse perspective and contributed to the show’s complexity by offering varyingly levels of skill and backgrounds. Additionally, the students gave breadth to the show by exhibiting drawings, paintings, photography and sculptures. While many of these students have taken a visual arts course at Mount Pisgah, there was also a large number of students who exhibited works that they created outside of school.
This show, according to Christopher Boehm, one of the three judges, “was a collection of outstanding work as a whole, and was by far the best show I have ever judged.” Barbara Childs, another judge, mentioned her delight by saying she really enjoyed making personal connections with each of the artists through the work that was created.
The show’s opening reception was held at Wild Hope Gallery on Feb. 7 and was attended by Mount Pisgah students, families, friends and faculty members. It was truly a blessing to be able to participate in an event such as this. It provided our students a wonderful experience to participate in an art competition with a panel of judges.
Diane Buffington has invited Mount Pisgah to participate again next year and said she has a vision for an Independent School Art Show that would include other north Georgia schools.
Generous sponsors of the show—including Art & Beyond, Josephine’s Antiques and Fine Linens, and Thomas Lawn Care—enabled Wild Hope to provide monetary awards to our winners. Congratulations to the following students for placing at the Upper School Juried Art Show: Best in Show - junior Lukas An for “Atlanta 1980s; Perplexity” (mixed media), First Place - sophomore Nick Bullock for “Don’t Leave Me Hanging” (digital art), Second Place - sophomore Tim Chen for “Wire Portrait” (sculpture), Third Place - freshman Lynn Liu for “Face” (watercolor), Honorable Mentions - junior Lukas An for “Two Faces of a City” (drawing), junior Ashleigh Porter for “Fabulous Fox Theater” (photography) and sophomore Sydney Jarvis for “Holocaust” (photography).