The Visual Arts Program at Dawson County High School channeled the great Italian artists for its spring art show.
“I chose ‘Modern Renaissance’ because I went on a trip to Italy a year and ago and I fell in love with it and all the art just inspired me to do it,” said senior Logan Connell.
It was the first art show Connell has directed and her art teacher, Jennifer Gray, said the Modern Renaissance theme couldn’t be more appropriate.
“She’s a Renaissance woman for sure,” said Gray.
Being a true renaissance woman, Connell dabbles in many different mediums. Although sculpture is by far her favorite, she also enjoys photography, glass blowing, wood burning, jewelry making, drawing, painting, metal working and fashion design.
With the nature of a Renaissance inspired show, the Visual Arts Program was able to incorporate the most variety of mediums they’ve had at any of their art shows.
“We’re adding a lot of nontraditional and different mediums,” said Connell.
But it wasn’t easy to pull off.
Connell said this year’s spring show was a stressful challenge because the art program had fewer students to call on for help.
“It’s been very stressful trying to get it all together in such a short time and with few people,” said Connell.
The show had the largest display of two-dimensional art
pieces Gray had ever had at a show and approximately 60-75 young artists were
Connell and Gray were so overwhelmed with artwork that they put every board they had on display in the Performing Arts Center lobby, squeezing in as many artworks at they could.
“This is the first time I had to limit them, actually say ‘sorry we only have so much space,’ which is a great problem to have,” said Gray.
All of the hard work paid off, as the show’s reception on May 3 was a big success. Thanks to events inside the building drawing people into the show and the students generating excitement by sharing pictures of their art on social media, the show’s reception was very well attended.
“It felt so good. I felt so much better,” said Connell about the show finally coming together. “I can finally enjoy it. I can finally enjoy people coming.”
Excited parents, teachers and students perused the show, taking in all the local talent before making their way to the theater for the awards ceremony.
A popular theme of the night was “accidents into art” as several winning pieces were artworks that were not as they were originally created.
“I think the thing that I’ve seen with (Connell) more this year than anything is her taking accidents and making them into a different concept,” said Gray.
One piece in particular showcased Connell’s ability to create something beautiful from a piece that was broken.
After working hard to create a sculpted horse, Connell had to go back to the drawing board when a student broke it. She wondered how she could salvage her project and make it something new.
“I made it look broken on purpose and added flowers coming out of it like rebirth,” said Connell.
The piece, entitled, “Rose-Colored Boy,” ended up being the show’s biggest winner, earning five ribbons.
Both Connell and Gray used that example to help other students turn their accidents into art, creating new and unique pieces and hoping to inspire students to continue pursuing art even when things go wrong.
“If you don’t think you’re good now, you’ll always be good because I was never good and then I worked my way and I stayed to it because I wanted to be good,” said Connell. “It’s always possible. If you like art, do art. It’s for yourself, not others.”
The complete list of winners from the "Modern Renaissance" art show:
First place: “Rose-Colored Boy” by Logan Connell
Second place: “Butterfly of Happiness” by Katie Clouse
Third place: “Florence” by Katie Clouse and Ellie Harper
Honorable Mention: “Genesis” by Hope Bennett
First place: “Electric Eel” by Hope Bennett
Second place: “Room for Two” by Karley Thurmond
Third place: “Royalty” by Rachel Rajczak
Honorable Mention: “Dark Matter” by Logan Connell
First place: “Sistine” by Logan Connell
Second place: “Streets of Italy” by Karley Thurmond
Third place: “Mosaic” by Logan Connell
Fourth place: “Truth, Lie, & Balance” by Amelia Gorski
Fifth place: “Beauty Within Me” by Briana Ray
Honorable mention: “Thanks Craig: by Diana Warren
First place: “Yes I Drew This, Not It’s Not Printed Thank You” by Emily Diaz
Second place: “Koda” by Diana Warren
Third place: “Stinky Bean” by Julianne Jones
Fourth place: “Harden the Paint” by Logan Connell
Fifth place: “Renaissance” by Lauren Treadaway
Honorable mention: “Self Portrait” by Allison Venters
First place: “The Good Side” by Logan Connell
Second place: “Deadcrush” by Logan Connell
Third place: “Trinity” by Katie Goodwin
Fourth place: “Sister” by Amelia Gorski
Fifth place: “Get Free” by Logan Connell
Honorable mention: “Crybaby” by Katie Goodwin
First place: “Goats in Trees” by Logan Connell
Second place: “Phases” by Logan Connell
Third place: “Butterfly of Happiness” by Katie Clouse
Honorable mention: “What is She Wearing” by Savanna Kennedy
First place: Logan Connell
Second place: Caroline Blanton
Third place: Julianne Jones
Fourth place: Katie Goodwin
Fifth place: Juleah Prichard
Honorable mention: Diana Warren
2D Most Original: “Oh Worm?” by Julianne Jones
3D Most Original: “Tin Tim” by Logan Connell
2D Woman’s Club Award: “Deer & Birds” by Lauren Treadaway
2D Woman’s Club Award: “Yes I Drew This, No It’s Not Printed Thank You” by Emily Diaz
2D Bowen Art Center Award: “A Little Dancing Can Bring a Smile Out” by Briana Ray
3D Bowen Art Center Award: “Rose-Colored Boy” by Logan Connell
2D Superintendent Award: “Self Portrait” by Allison Venter
2D Administration Award: “Yes I Drew This, No It’s Not Printed Thank You” by Emily Diaz
2D Administration Award: “Koda” by Diana Warren
2D Alumni Choice: “Yes I Drew This, No It’s Not Printed Thank You” by Emily Diaz
3D Alumni Choice: “Rose-Colored Boy” by Logan Connell
2D Student Choice: “Rivers & Roads” by Logan Connell
3D Student Choice: “Rose-Colored Boy” by Logan Connell
2D Faculty Choice: “Yes I Drew This, No It’s Not Printed Thank You” by Emily Diaz
3D Faculty Choice: “Rose-Colored Boy” by Logan Connell