Monday, February 28, 2011

Regional High School Students' Works on View at the Tyler Museum of Art

7th Annual High School Art Exhibition
Opening at the TMA Sunday, March 6

(TYLER, TX) February 28, 2011 – Join us in celebrating the creative abilities of over 70 students from 9 local schools during the Tyler Museum of Art’s 7th Annual High School Art Exhibition, March 6­–27, 2011. The event coincides with Youth Art Month and offers local high school students the opportunity to have their original works of art shown in a true museum exhibition. The public is invited to join student artists and their friends and families for a free reception and awards ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Light refreshments will be served in the Museum lobby, and special art activities will be provided in the TMA Classroom. The exhibition is sponsored by Kay Arms.

“We look forward to this event as one of our most important annual endeavors,” said TMA Head of Education, Ken Tomio. “By participating in this exhibition, high school students are able to not only enjoy the excitement of having their art installed in a true museum setting, but to also build their resumes towards a future in fine arts. We believe that by offering this type of opportunity, we may be able to help support these young artists’ future activity in the arts as well as to encourage their artistic expression and creativity.”

The 7th Annual High School Art Exhibition will showcase both two and three-dimensional pieces, which will be installed in the Museum’s Bell Gallery. The works have been selected for entry into the exhibition by the students’ teachers. Prior to the opening of the exhibition, the pieces will be judged by a panel of jurors selected by the TMA curatorial staff from local college art departments. Jurors include Chris Stewart, chairman of the visual arts department at Tyler Junior College; Curtis Watson, professor of art at Texas College; and Merrie Wright, ceramicist and assistant professor for the University of Texas at Tyler.

The five most outstanding exhibition entries as determined by the jurors will be selected to receive Merit of Honor Awards, with recipients to be named at the March 20 awards ceremony. Each student whose work was selected for the exhibition will receive a certificate of participation and a one-year student membership to the Tyler Museum of Art. This year, the TMA will continue its “Up and Coming” category, which was created in 2010. Participating schools have been invited to select a work of art from one freshman, sophomore and junior student and submit the work for exhibition.

New This Year
For the first time, the exhibition will also have a “Viewers’ Choice” award, which will be announced during the March 20th reception. Voting begins on the opening day of the exhibition and will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Ballots will be available in the Bell Gallery.

In order to create added dimension to the High School Art Exhibition, the Museum invited Michael Pianta, a past participant of the exhibition, to serve as assistant exhibition designer this year. Mr. Pianta will assist Museum staff in the exhibition design and installation of artworks, and he will also provide guidance to interns selected to participate in the installation process. “Michael is a practicing artist who has worked with the TMA exhibition department on several occasions since graduating college at the University of Texas at Tyler,” said Mr. Tomio. “We hope that this will become a permanent aspect of the high school exhibition experience so that students like Michael may return to the Museum for continuing opportunities and also to mentor students who have followed in their footsteps.”

Participating Schools & Student Artists
   All Saints Episcopal School: (Millie Piwonka and Dede Smith, Instructors) William Baker, Sydney Booth, Cambridge Bosworth, Stephen DeCarlo, Ryan Dwyer, Baxter Easley, Hillary Hancock, Kate Hill, Jennifer Johnson, Neiman Johnson, Cassidy Loving, Ally McMann, and Lindsey Stewart.
Bishop T. K. Gorman High School: (Lisa McGehee, Instructor) Jacob Becker, Madelin Ann Camp, Jacob Johnson, Philip Morley, Zachary Norris, Aza Pace, Madeline Ryder, Mary Schwarzbach, and Miles Zeorlin.
    Hallsville High School: (Jeannie Davis, Instructor) Anthony Eason, Kathryn Ortiz, Tia Owens, Sarah Pattullo, Matt Smith, Samantha Thompson, and Kristy Whitehurst.
Henderson High School: (Jodi Waggoner, Instructor) Brooke Moore.

John Tyler High School: (Marilyn Coler, Instructor) Sarah Branin, Racheal Correno, Gabrielle Pringle, and Jazmin Solis.

Lindale High School: (Walter James, Instructor) Chloe Parra.
Overton High School: (Cassie Bayless, Instructor) Dena Baker, Davida Harris, Shianne Lugenbell, Avery Lee Nevendorff, Shelbi Proctor, Michael Shelton Rogers, Alexandria Starke, and Reggie Thompson.
   Robert E. Lee High School: (Linda East, Linda Keane, and Elizabeth Lade, Instructors) Ronnie Alley, Tyler Banks, Paige Chamness, Michael Esbay, Evelyn Galindez, Rebecca Hoffman, Jeremi McGuire, Brandi Prince, Robert McKay Rands, Mary Helen Reuter, Sergio Soto, Sabrina Wang, and Alicia Zavala.
Whitehouse High School: (Lisa Kendall and Christine Killian, Instructors) Kelsey Bailey, Alexandra Callaway, Mariah Caserez, Nathan Denning, Maddison Hartgraves, Amber Jones, Courtney McKay, Haneen Momani, Eduardo Ocampo, Alison Peck, Jacqueline Yost, and Jacob Ziegler.

Up & Coming
The following students will have works on view in the Up & Coming section of the exhibition: Jacob Johnson (Bishop T. K. Gorman High School), Gamaliel Mendoza (John Tyler High School), Chloe Parra (Lindale High School), and Norma Gonzalez (Whitehouse High School).

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit

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