“Artists on the Rise” - High School Students Recognized Across Multiple Media
The exhibition opens March 7th with a reception and awards ceremony to be held in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. More than 90 students will display their work in a wide range of media including ceramics, painting, photography, and more. The show is a juried event and awards will be given across media and for best-in-show. Artists are invited to participate by their schools, but specific art classes and programs were not required for consideration. A jury of noted community members, artists, and educators evaluate all the submissions and finalists in making the awards
Jurors are Shannon Riley, Lisa Scroggins and Melissa Ralston-Jones.
Shannon has been a resident of Brookfield for 12 years. She earned her BFA Studio Art from The College of New Rochelle and an MS in Education from Western Connecticut State University. She has been teaching for 15 years at Brewster High School in Brewster, NY. She works in mixed media and currently serves as a member of the Brookfield Arts Commission.
Lisa has lived mostly in urban settings; in contrast her creative thinking often turns to nature and organic forms. The artist's love of ceramics began in high school and progressed through college and beyond. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons School of Design in New York City, graduating with a BFA in graphic design. She currently spends her week working at Silvermine Arts Center, as well as teaching all areas of art to students K through 12th grade and creates whimsical ceramics at her Connecticut studio.
Melissa serves as a special appointment professor of Gallery Studies at Western Connecticut State University and has operated as the gallery curator since 2013. She received a BA in American History with a minor in museum studies from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and an MFA in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University. After working in education in both the primary and secondary systems, Melissa opened a fiscally sponsored non-profit art gallery, Gallery 46, in Vernon Connecticut. Here she curated 14 exhibitions establishing a cultural resource for the surrounding community and a creative outlet for emerging artists. Through Gallery 46’s increased visibility, she was recruited to serve as a board member for the newly formed arts organization, Vernon Community Arts Center (now renamed Arts Center East) where she fulfilled the roles of assistant director and interim acting director and was integral in the opening and development of exhibition and educational programming.
“We are grateful to Savings Bank of Danbury for their support and enabling us to put on this show. We are excited to host this exhibition of young talent and impressive artists from our local schools,” said Executive Director Howard Lasser. “An important part of our mission is to engage more of our local community, and our youth programs are an essential piece of our future. We are honored to recognize these young artists and are excited about the response from our schools and amazed by the quality of the work submitted. I hope everyone comes out to see what our local students are creating.”
Over the last year, the Brookfield Craft Center has expanded programs for youth through the growing “Hands-On Art” summer program, after school and home school classes, special events from Scouts, and internships with local students.
The Student Exhibit runs from March 7th to the 31st in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, located at 286 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday noon – 5:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 – 5:00pm, Sunday noon – 4:00pm.