Student art show celebrates 30 years, April 6 in Morristown

'What Am I Thinking?' by Hannah Wetters of Chatham High School.
'What Am I Thinking?' by Hannah Wetters of Chatham High School.
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From Morris Arts:

On Friday, April 6, 2018, from 7-9pm, Morris Arts invites the public to attend the Opening Reception for the 30th Anniversary of the annual Blackwell Street Juried Student Show at the Atrium Gallery, on Floors 2-5 of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, at 10 Court St. in Morristown.

Embracing a wide variety of media (sculpture, oil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, etching, charcoal, pen and ink, graphite, photography, etc.), the artworks are a stunning tribute to the creativity, skill and passion of these young artists from throughout Morris County.

A panel of five professional artists from the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts comprised the jury, selecting approximately 300 wall-hung works and 100 sculptures from nearly 800 submissions by talented high school students from throughout the County.

The show was then organized, hung and administered by the all-volunteer members of the Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, their friends, family and students –- with additional help this year from Joanne Del Rio and her assistants from Novartis.

L-R: Julia Malczynski’s 'Song of the Moon' (Roxbury); Isabella Bobitka’s watercolor, micron pen piece, 'Timeless Music' (Mt. Olive); Closeup of Melissa Gambino’s mixed media, 'Grandpa’s Spirit' (Whippany Park); Daphne Nydam’s acrylic, 'Rudy' (Mendham); Emma Shaberg’s ballpoint work, 'DaVinci’s Anger vs. Warhol’s Fear' (Mendham); and Gabrielle Frueh’s earthenware, 'Basket of Joy' (Jefferson Twp).
L-R: Julia Malczynski’s ‘Song of the Moon’ (Roxbury); Isabella Bobitka’s watercolor, micron pen piece, ‘Timeless Music’ (Mt. Olive); Closeup of Melissa Gambino’s mixed media, ‘Grandpa’s Spirit’ (Whippany Park); Daphne Nydam’s acrylic, ‘Rudy’ (Mendham); Emma Shaberg’s ballpoint work, ‘DaVinci’s Anger vs. Warhol’s Fear’ (Mendham); and Gabrielle Frueh’s earthenware, ‘Basket of Joy’ (Jefferson Twp).

There are multiple ribbon categories, with Best In Show and the 1st Place ribbons receiving monetary prizes. The opening reception includes an awards presentation (in the 5th floor Freeholder meeting room) and the opportunity to meet these talented young artists in person.

Evolving from the 1988 exhibit that featured approximately 90 pieces of art, to this current, massive undertaking, the Juried Student Exhibit is unique in its democratic approach: There are no restrictions on the number of pieces a school can submit, and submissions are open to public, private, parochial and home-schooled high school student artists from throughout Morris County. 

Each year, hundreds of students, parents, teachers and friends attend in support of these exceptional young artists.

Morris Arts manages the Atrium Art Gallery, selecting artists and scheduling exhibits on behalf of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

The Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public during business hours, from 8:30am – 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The exhibit will run from April 6, 2018, through May 4, 2018.

For additional information about the show, contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, gallery director, and director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or here.

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