HUNTINGTON – The Huntington Museum of Art is showcasing the work of high school art students in the Portfolio 2021 exhibit, now on display through Sunday May 16.
Because of the pandemic, HMA had to cancel its portfolio last year. To avoid the exhibition being canceled two years in a row, HMA has narrowed the focus of this year’s exhibition to highlight the work of high school graduates, according to a press release.
“We wanted to push this year’s student art show to give senior art students the opportunity to display their work in a museum while building a portfolio for advanced study,” said Cindy Dearborn, HMA’s director of education. “We hope that health conditions will have improved over the next year so that we can again exhibit the work of middle and high school students and hold a reception for the young artists and their families.”
Despite the pandemic, regional art teachers worked to help their students participate in the Portfolio 2021 exhibition.
“We are extremely impressed with the dedication of art teachers in our area who have gone out of their way to bring their high school graduates’ artwork to the Huntington Museum of Art for this exhibition,” said HMA educator George Lanham.
About a dozen student papers are presented. John Farley, Senior Curator of the HMA, selected Brealynn Harper’s “Strike Down Stereotypes” as the winner of the 2021 Janet Bromley Excellence in the Arts Award. Harper attends Cabell Midland High School, where Jennifer Stephens is her art teacher. All student artists participating in the exhibition received a small cash prize.
Participating high schools include Paul G. Blazer of Ashland, Dawson-Bryant, Cabell Midland, Huntington, and Russell.
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