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Alexandria City High School Art Exhibit | News Release | Convergence

Exhibit: Date – March 11-April 10, 2016
Artist Reception: Friday, April 1, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Alexandria, VA – (FEB 2016) Convergence presents the “Alexandria City High School Art Exhibit”, a joint effort between Bishop Ireton High School, Episcopal High School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, and T.C. Williams High School. In an effort to recognize and encourage the creative pursuits of visual art students from across the city, art teachers from each of the four schools have collaborated in what they hope will be an annual event.
This March and April, art students from across the city, who have shared interests, will come together for a friendly, community competition. They will also have the opportunity to experience the makings of a professional, juried show. Students will participate in all aspects of the exhibition from submitting to a call, to framing and hanging their work. This event will showcase artwork created by approximately 80 students. Prizes will be awarded in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, ceramics and sculpture.
Exhibit Location: The Gallery @ Convergence
1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA, 22302. Ph: 703-998-6260Gallery Hours: The exhibit is open to the public Fridays 10am to 5pm; Saturdays 10am to 4pm and by appointment. (703-998-6260).Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, April 1, 2016 7:00 -9:00PM.

Participating High Schools:

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School-The Visual Arts program at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School is a comprehensive arts education for all students from JK through 12th grade. Students work on both two and three-dimensional projects and experience the media of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, digital media, and photography. Faculty members encourage personal expression and emphasize the artistic process rather than focus on the finished product. Artwork created in the high school years is more complex, unique, and self-expressive in the two-dimensional media of drawing, painting, and printmaking, the three-dimensional media of ceramics and sculpture, or a combination of both. Students learn to research, plan, and execute individualized projects as well as work collaboratively on the creation of group projects. Our students are regularly recognized in national and local art competitions.

T.C. Williams High School offers more than 3500 Alexandria students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to explore their creative selves through the media of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and computer-based graphic imaging. In addition to a four-level sequence of broadly exploratory art classes in Art 1, 2, 3 & 4, the art department offers Ceramics, AP Studio Art- Drawing, AP Studio Art- 3-D and AP Art History courses. A chapter of the Art Honor Society at T.C. further promotes these students’ exploration of their creative selves through the arts. Photography and Graphic Design classes reside within the Career and Technical Education umbrella and include a two level Commercial Photography sequence and basic and advanced courses Graphic Design. At any one time more than 700 T.C. students are enrolled in one or more of these classes.

Bishop Ireton High School – The Visual Art Program at Bishop Ireton offers a robust arts education program designed for all students who are passionate about art. Students may take four years of progressively intense study which prepares those wishing to continue their study of art into college. Classes are: Principles of Art; Painting and Drawing; AP Drawing and 2-D Design (in which students produce a minimum of 24 works for their portfolios); AP Studio Art: Drawing (for the serious art student who wishes to advance theoretically in art); and, Honors Portfolio Preparation/Senior Studio (for the student wishing in-depth or independent project assistance). Fine Arts students at Bishop Ireton develop self-discipline and pride in work accomplished, and serve the community with exhibitions and performances. The spring “Evening with the Arts” program highlights the talents of students in the visual arts, music, and drama.

Episcopal High School – Founded in 1839, Episcopal High School is a co-educational, college preparatory boarding school in Alexandria, Va., located just 10 minutes outside the nation’s capital. The Arts Department at EHS instills in students a lifelong commitment to the creative arts and the world of imagination. As the only 100 percent residential boarding school in a major metropolitan area, Episcopal is able to bring the arts to life by frequently taking students into the nation’s capital to explore its cultural resources, as well as inviting many talented performers and artists to campus. The Angie Newman Johnson Gallery hosts four professional exhibitions and two major student exhibitions each year. EHS offers a wide variety of visual arts classes in photography, painting and drawing, ceramics and bookmaking and yearlong advanced courses in 2-D and 3-D mediums. Each year, the Ainslie Arts Center is the home to over 60 percent of Episcopal’s student body, who work and perform in an abundant variety of visual and performing arts courses. Students who wish to focus their talents and energies toward serious training in the arts, over four years, are able to prepare for a major in the arts at the college level. Episcopal students show their work locally and nationally and some alumni go on to pursue careers in the arts.

Committee of Visual Arts Teachers
TCW- Beth Coast, Taki Sidley
SSSAS- Kate Elkins, Joey Wade
BI- Victoria Eichler
EHS- LIz Vorlicek

Visual art teachers at Bishop Ireton
Victoria Eichler

Visual art teachers at Episcopal High School
David Douglas
Nathaniel Duffield
Frank Phillips
Elizabeth Vorlicek

Visual art teachers at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes
Kate Elkins
Joey Wade

Visual art teachers at T.C. Williams
Beth Coast
Tabitha Eller
Nick Gust
Pamela Johnson
Benjamin Lyon (photography)
Leslie Rousseau
Taki Sidley (photography)

About the Convergence Arts Initiative:
The Convergence Arts Initiative is a creative community of people valuing the arts, spirituality, diversity and exploration. We believe that imagination and creativity are spiritual matters and that their cultivation is essential to the human experience. While the Church at Convergence is a Christian church, we invite and welcome all people to participate and take advantage of our spaces and programs designed to inspire, restore and catalyze our creative and spiritual lives. Our slogan is “Creating Better Together” because we honestly do believe we create better when we are working together in a diverse community of perspectives and backgrounds. And, together we can create better in our world. Convergence is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Please visit our website for more information about how we can work with you: www.ourconvergence.org

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