Monday, November 09, 2015

Student and faculty news for November

The second quarter has begun, parent-teacher conferences completed (thanks for the great turnout, parents!) and students are digging in to finish the semester and enjoy their Thanksgiving and winter breaks. Enjoy these news updates!

Spanish students
Perpich Spanish students were among those featured in creating an altar for Day of the Dead at the Minnesota History Center. Senora Elaine Drivas, Perpich Spanish instructor, was on hand on the museum’s family Day Oct. 25, to greet visitors and help explain the exhibition. Great job, estudiantes!
The dance students have been in high demand this fall. After the honor of performing at the Walker Center in September, they performed at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment’s SAMEE event and at the Perpich Foundation’s Big Event in October. 
They are preparing for their school performances in December with guest artist and alumnus Herb Johnson (see his profile video here). They also have had a master class with dance instructors from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, University of Minnesota and Cal Arts, plus a lecture demonstration by TU Dance. In between  all these rehearsals and performances, dance instructor Mary Harding was able to make a presentation in Phoenix at the National Dance Education Organization conference.
Allison Baxter, junior in visual arts, has won first place in the Ridgedale and Plymouth Public Library Teen Art Contest. Congrats, Allison! Her mom, Elizabeth Baxter, reports that Allison won a $75 gift card from Blick's "which she spent the same day on oil paints and a rather large canvas." Wonder if that new canvas will find its ways onto the visual gallery walls?
Museum studies
Craig Farmer reports his museum studies class took a field trip to the Goldstein Museum of Design's America's Monsters Superheroes & Villains exhibitions. The students had an opportunity to hear from the Goldstein's director and the director of museum studies at the University Minnesota, Lin Nelson-Mayson. “The exhibition was a perfect spook for the day before Halloween!” Craig says.

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