8th Annual High School Art Exhibition

Opening at the TMA Tuesday, April 10


(TYLER, TX) April 4, 2012 – Join us in celebrating the creative abilities of over 60 students from 11 local schools during the Tyler Museum of Art’s 8th Annual High School Art Exhibition, April 10 – 29, 2012. 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, April 22. Light refreshments will be served in the Museum lobby, and special art activities for younger children will be provided in the TMA Classroom. The exhibition is sponsored by the Ed and Mary Heath Foundation and Collectors’ Circle Members Agnes and Frank Ward.

“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 are able to support these young artists’ future activity in the arts as well as to encourage their artistic expression and creativity.”

The 8th 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, Department Chair – Art at TJC; Robert Langham III, professional photographer and instructor at TJC; 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 April 22 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 one work of art from a freshman, sophomore or junior students and submit the work for exhibition.

The exhibition will also have a “Viewers’ Choice” award, the winner of which will be announced during the April 22nd reception. Voting by visitors to the exhibition begins on the opening day of the exhibition and will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Ballots will be available at the Visitors Service desk.

Participating Schools & Student Artists

All Saints Episcopal School: (Millie Piwonka and Dede Smith, Instructors) Anna Cheng, Elena Cullen, Luke Edgemon, Sarah Fitzgerald, Elise Gerard, Mike Jones, Megan Leihgeber, Jasmine Owens, Heather Parks, Tori Pollard, Will Sheffield, Zach Smith, Rachel Yates. Bishop T. K. Gorman High School: (Lisa McGehee, Instructor) Liliana Vasquez, Ciara Andrews, Erin Aucar, Hannah Frossard, Laura Meads, Michele Breedlove, Zoe Anderson.

Brownsboro High School: (Rhonda Scott, Instructor) Danni Russell.

The Brook Hill School: (Lindsay Boone, Instructor ) DaeYoung Kim, Joyce Song.

John Tyler High School: (Marilyn Coler, Instructor) Danya Tangassi, Gamaliel Mendoza, James Hawkins.

Lindale High School: (Walter James, Instructor) Mackenzie Keane, Misael Chavez, Corey Evans, Sarah Wilson, Chris Tapia.

Robert E. Lee High School: ( Linda Keane, and Elizabeth Lade, Instructors) Courtney Howland, Sarah Johnson, Petra Black, Deviaen Wheeler, Matt Black, Evan Leigh Manning.

Whitehouse High School: (Lisa Kendall and Christine Killian, Instructors) Norma Gonzalez, Sicarral Johnson, Morgan Bridges, Lauren Galusha, Katelyn Post, Emilly Carter, Annie Walters, Brittany Root, Areli Gonzalez, Angela Nguyen, Andrew Terpening, Katie Allen.

Winona High School: (Julie Herrera, Instructor) Tessa Vasquez.

Chapel Hill High School: (Mark Dahlgren, Cassie Bayless, Instructors) Francisco Cornelio, Caleb Robertson, Shivanandan Reddy.

Up & Coming

The following students will have works on view in the Up & Coming section of the exhibition, Kristen Pence (Chapel Hill High School), Jesse Kahn (Whitehouse High School), Rowan Jenkins (Lindale High School), Cesar Berrum (John Tyler High School), Osub Lee (All-Saints Episcopal School), Carlos Gonzalez (Winona 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 www.tylermuseum.org.