Written by: Ms. Michelle Statella
Students in Studio Art classes have worked very hard to complete and revise work for inclusion in the first annual York Community Art Scholars Exhibition that was on display in downtown York. York College’s Center for Community Engagement and the Division of Art hosted the exhibit that featured work from nine area local high schools. YCDS is fortunate to have been selected as one of the schools to participate in the pilot year.
This exhibition highlighted some of York County’s most talented art students and provided encouragement for them to become involved with the arts in the community. YCDS students were not only thrilled at the chance to have their hard work and talent recognized, but to also have the opportunity to exhibit their work downtown to an even larger audience. As junior Quenelle McKim stated, “It’s an honor and very exciting to have our works shown to the community for this exhibit. I was grateful for all the wonderful words of those who came to see our work.”
Finalists from each location will be selected by art faculty jurors to move on to the main show at Marketview Arts. This show will be open to the public during the month of November, beginning with First Friday. Cash prizes will be awarded in drawing, painting, photography, and graphic design. There will also be a $20,000 scholarship awarded to the York College “Community Art Scholar.” The recipient will be a student who combines talent in the arts with a commitment to supporting and building York’s cultural community.
The initial exhibit was open to the public October 19-22, with works at six different downtown venues. York Country Day School students displayed their work at Prime Art Supply Company, located in the Royal Square Neighborhood.
Congratulations to the following students whose work was selected for inclusion in the curated YCDS show! Finalists’ names are forthcoming.