Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Student and faculty news for September and October

Perpich Arts High School students and faculty never slow down. Media students and alums were announced as winners for a West Coast film festival, a music teacher is featured in a special archive at St. Catherine University and Portfolio Day rocked!

 

Media
Three videos by Perpich media students screened at the TOWER OF YOUTH’s 19th Annual North All American Youth and Education Day, Oct. 2, at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, Calif. The works from Perpich to be screened are:
Vermin, by Luke Coverdale (media senior), Dmitri Rogers (media senior), Bernadette Sponberg (theater senior), Kayla Fuller (theater senior)
Naptaste by Rosie Bauer (media alum '15)
Solipsism by Jae Shin Cross, Satya Varghese Mac, Michael Hansen, Sophie Deutsch (media alums '15)
Find out more about the festival here.
 
Music
Shae Alcamo, music senior, spent a big part of her summer as Matron “Mama” Morton (played by Queen Latifah in the movie) in the Fountain City  (Wisconsin) Players’ production of Chicago. Shae has also been in the Fountain City Players’ productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Hairspray and 9 to 5.
 
A new video now housed at St. Catherine University Archives and Special Collections documents the 2015 Minnesota Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) Arts Committee’s 20 year Retrospective art exhibition, "Women Creating Art for Peace & Gender Justice:  20 Years of Collaboration," and features work by Perpich music instructor Janika Vandervelde, along with that of Perpich music students.  
Over the past 20 years the WILPF Arts Committee, a small group of local WILPF artists, activists and scholars, have shared the stories of global women and the United Nations documents on women through the arts in collaboration with other peace and women’s organizations.   
The stories told raise awareness that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights" as illuminated by the United Nations 1995 Beijing Platform for Action--a document based on the earlier UN Call for Action and other UN documents regarding women and children. 
 
Visual
Halley Boesen, senior in visual arts, traveled to New York City June 11 to receive a national Gold Key and American Visions Award for her entry in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Them in September she got to go to Washington, D.C. for another conference and to see her Gold Key painting hanging in the U.S. Department of Education. So cool!
As one of the winners of the national 2015 Scholastic Awards, the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for students in grades 7–12, Halley was very proud to see her artwork on display, her mom said. “It made me teary-eyed. Our entire family is elated that she got this incredible opportunity!”
 
Visual arts instructor Pat Benincasa’s “And Yet the Center Holds” was awarded best three-dimensional artwork at the exhibition, “Rectangles, Triangles, Circles: The Shape of Life” at the Still Point Art Gallery in Maine this past summer. As part of the recognition, her piece will be published in the gallery’s Still Point Arts Quarterly. You can see her piece and the other winners here.
 
Sandy Woodhull, visual arts instructor reports that she worked on arts and crafts this past summer with single mothers and their children in a program in Brooklyn Center. “Most of the women come from other countries and English is their second language,” Sandy says. “One of the favorite projects was jewelry making. These women are amazing. This time is more than just about a project. We socialized, collaborated, problem-solved, laughed, and talked about raising children. Their children seemed exceptional in many ways. Some of them are skipping grades, getting scholarships to local private schools and they have wonderful attitudes and behaviors. They were a joy to work with.”
 
Work by Benincasa is featured in “Making Our Mark-The First Annual Drawing Project Exhibition,” a show at Homewood Studios. The Drawing Project is an arts programming organization started by Lynda Monick-Isenberg, instructor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and her former student Shannon Brunette. 
They say the show at Homewood "present(s) the work by master artists that embodies drawing as a mode of expression, an act of inquiry, or a lens into the subconscious—promoting a deeper respect for looking and thinking in everyday life.”
 
Media and visual
Media arts instructor Rebecca Bullen and visual arts instructor Pat Benincasa have each received the 2015 Scholastic Arts & Writing Award as Outstanding Educators. Outstanding educators are recognized as instructors “whose dedication, commitment and guidance are represented by student works selected for national honors.”
 
This year's Portfolio Day on Oct. 12 was a huge success, reported Pat Benincasa. Art schools and other high education institutions from the U.S., Canada and England sent representatives to Perpich to see and evaluate student work and to give advice to Perpich students. Benincasa says several scholarships were offered on the spot and that one student was offered an airplane voucher to travel to a school and see the art program there. Kudos to our smart and talented students!
 
Art history
Art history and museum studies instructor Craig Farmer attended a National Endowment for the Humanities workshop in maritime history in San Diego over the summer. He is using what he learned to create a new unit for his classes on maritime art and maritime museums.
Craig also has a book review in the Art Educators of Minnesota fall newsletter concerning contemporary fiction that discusses Dutch 17th century and Islamic art. His essay is on page 6 here.
 
Library
Perpich’s media specialist, Leah Delia Larson, has been blogging for the past year as a fellow with MinnCAN, a nonprofit organization with a mission of supporting access of every Minnesota child to a great public school. Her post this past summer on year-round school was based on her experience in teaching at Perpich’s arts and science integration school, Crosswind, in Woodbury. Peter Cunningham, a national education leader (former assistant secretary of education and current executive director of Education Post, shared the blog post throughout the United States via his email list. 

 

 

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