Teens, Inspired 2014 Juried Entries

Congratulations to the following teen artists who have been selected to be part of the 2014 Teens, Inspired exhibition! We had over 100 entries- the largest number of submissions  since the exhibition began 4 years ago. The jury chose the following works to be hung at the North Carolina Museum of Art Summer- Fall 2014 based on creativity, connection to the work that had inspired it, and artistic merit:

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Celebrate all of the Teens, Inspired entries at ArtScene on Saturday April 26, 1-4 pm. We will also announce the top three winner’s in each category, as well as the People’s Choice Award. The event is free and open to the public.

Art Scene features Enloe High School’s dance ensemble, local high school poets, and amazing teen groups such as WhateverBig Brotha Thunda, and Bullseye. The first 200 attendees can screenprint their own #ARTscene tee shirt with printmaker Derek Toomes, express themselves in our graffiti wall, and remember the event with our #Selfie photo booth.The entire event is free and planned entirely by our Teen Arts Council!

New Teens, Inspired Submission
Ana ScottSunny SeasArapahoe Charter School, Pamlico CountyArt Teacher: Daryn Martin
Artist StatementI chose Suzy’s Sun (for Judy Tyler) in the Modern Collection because it is pretty, and I love going to the beach. I colored my sky blue instead if leaving it white because the sky is blue. I used Sharpies for the sky and sun. The boats are made out of air dry clay, but I made the sails blue to match my sky. I want my piece to make people happy when they see it.

New Teens, Inspired Submission

Ana Scott
Sunny Seas
Arapahoe Charter School, Pamlico County
Art Teacher: Daryn Martin

Artist StatementI chose Suzy’s Sun (for Judy Tyler) in the Modern Collection because it is pretty, and I love going to the beach. I colored my sky blue instead if leaving it white because the sky is blue. I used Sharpies for the sky and sun. The boats are made out of air dry clay, but I made the sails blue to match my sky. I want my piece to make people happy when they see it.

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New Teens, Inspired Submission
Ana PantojaWhite WallsMixed Media on board, 15”x18”
Attached are two photographs of the painting that I did in inspiration of Beverly McIver’s work. I saw one of her self-portraits (Reminiscing, 2005, oil on canvas) at the NC Museum of Art a couple of months ago and I was enamored. I’ve always done self-portraits but I’ve never had the courage to show them to anybody; although I think they are my best works because they express what I feel I cannot outwardly express. I also feel a strong admiration for Beverly McIver because as her, I know exactly what it is to feel like an outsider, perpetually lonely, and to feel below others. I am Mexican-American and I grew up poor in an area where if one is not privileged and/or Caucasian, than one is not anything significant. Neither of my parents ever went to high school and my father left middle school to immigrate to the United States to work. Through my art, efforts in school, and other tasks I’ve worked with an insatiable thirst for success, which to me is equality.
As far as technique goes I was enchanted by how Beverly used blues to accentuate white and to replace white highlights. I used this in my painting titled “White Walls.” I used gouache and acrylic. Beverly McIver’s painting truly inspired me to open myself up to judgment; something I’ve always feared. Art is my medium for communication. To say that art is my life may even be considered an understatement.

New Teens, Inspired Submission

Ana Pantoja
White Walls
Mixed Media on board, 15”x18”

Attached are two photographs of the painting that I did in inspiration of Beverly McIver’s work. I saw one of her self-portraits (Reminiscing, 2005, oil on canvas) at the NC Museum of Art a couple of months ago and I was enamored. I’ve always done self-portraits but I’ve never had the courage to show them to anybody; although I think they are my best works because they express what I feel I cannot outwardly express. I also feel a strong admiration for Beverly McIver because as her, I know exactly what it is to feel like an outsider, perpetually lonely, and to feel below others. I am Mexican-American and I grew up poor in an area where if one is not privileged and/or Caucasian, than one is not anything significant. Neither of my parents ever went to high school and my father left middle school to immigrate to the United States to work. Through my art, efforts in school, and other tasks I’ve worked with an insatiable thirst for success, which to me is equality.

As far as technique goes I was enchanted by how Beverly used blues to accentuate white and to replace white highlights. I used this in my painting titled “White Walls.” I used gouache and acrylic. Beverly McIver’s painting truly inspired me to open myself up to judgment; something I’ve always feared. Art is my medium for communication. To say that art is my life may even be considered an understatement.

New Teens, Inspired Submission
Sonali Dutta VESUVIUS Heritage High School Wake County Art teacher: Ms. Tarrah Huff Medium and dimensions for 2-D art: Digital art, 18 x 24 in. Artist statement
My piece was inspired by Pierre-Jacques Volaire’s oil painting The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Upon seeing the work, I admired the emotion of destruction, fear, and chaos surrounding the volcano juxtaposed with the serenity, simplicity, and silence of the water and night sky. I was inspired by Volaire’s use of bright and warm colors on top of cool and neutral tones, and I attempted to imitate this in my piece VESUVIUS. My digital painting is dominated by muted blue and purple tones on an expressionless face, which are complemented by the highly saturated orange colors of the eyes that represent the fire and lava of the original work. I wanted to emulate the terror and disarray of the civilians panicking along the bridge with the woman’s wild, flying hair and “drippiness.” All the while, I tried to maintain the artistic feeling and style of Volaire’s painting and his brushstrokes by emulating rough chalk and pastel-like textures to give my piece a more natural feel. The contrasting tones of The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, however, were my biggest inspiration for my work as I tried to unify coolness and tranquility with warmth and chaos.

New Teens, Inspired Submission

Sonali Dutta
VESUVIUS
Heritage High School
Wake County
Art teacher: Ms. Tarrah Huff
Medium and dimensions for 2-D art: Digital art, 18 x 24 in.

Artist statement

My piece was inspired by Pierre-Jacques Volaire’s oil painting The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Upon seeing the work, I admired the emotion of destruction, fear, and chaos surrounding the volcano juxtaposed with the serenity, simplicity, and silence of the water and night sky. I was inspired by Volaire’s use of bright and warm colors on top of cool and neutral tones, and I attempted to imitate this in my piece VESUVIUS. My digital painting is dominated by muted blue and purple tones on an expressionless face, which are complemented by the highly saturated orange colors of the eyes that represent the fire and lava of the original work. I wanted to emulate the terror and disarray of the civilians panicking along the bridge with the woman’s wild, flying hair and “drippiness.” All the while, I tried to maintain the artistic feeling and style of Volaire’s painting and his brushstrokes by emulating rough chalk and pastel-like textures to give my piece a more natural feel. The contrasting tones of The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, however, were my biggest inspiration for my work as I tried to unify coolness and tranquility with warmth and chaos.

While we’re busy selecting our favorites for the Teens, Inspired art and video exhibition, you can vote for your favorites for ‘People’s Choice’ award. You must be a member of tumblr to like and reblog entries. Each note counts as a vote. All notes will be counted at 2pm at our April 26 Teen Art Scene at NC Museum of Art. For more info, visit http://bit.ly/ArtScene2014. We look forward to seeing your favorites!

While we’re busy selecting our favorites for the Teens, Inspired art and video exhibition, you can vote for your favorites for ‘People’s Choice’ award. You must be a member of tumblr to like and reblog entries. Each note counts as a vote. All notes will be counted at 2pm at our April 26 Teen Art Scene at NC Museum of Art. For more info, visit http://bit.ly/ArtScene2014. We look forward to seeing your favorites!

New Teens, Inspired Submission

Tavita Mageo

Winged Glory Everyday Allegory

Southwest Onslow High School

Onslow County

Instructor: Renee Winter Otero

Acrylic on wood panel  12” x 18”

Artist Statement:

I chose Thomas Wilmer Dewing’s Winged Allegorical Figure, circa 1888, as the inspiration for my painting. I wanted to show the winged allegorical figure in our hectic contemporary world, instead of the elegant, refined, Renaissance-style setting that Dewing had chosen for the background in the original painting. And the place I chose to show that was on an ordinary street bench in a busy American city, where anyone can sit, even ordinary mortals going about their ordinary lives. 

It’s almost like the allegorical figure has decided to take a break from being important and symbolizing lofty ideas long enough to see what it feels like to sit on a city bench like a regular person.  I also subtly changed the gender of the mythological figure from female to male- well really, the figure simply emerged as male as I was painting. I used a warm terra-cotta color in the figure to give it contrast with the cool colors of the background.  I was really drawn to the expressive brushwork of Edgar Degas’ ballerinas and Renoir’s portraits for painting the figure, especially the feathery wings; I felt like the loose brushwork of Impressionism was a perfect way to create the otherworldly feeling I wanted.

New Teens, Inspired Submission
Renea Shrewbury
Linked
Description : I named this photograph “Linked” for two reasons. The first reason is obvious, because its a linking fence!! The second is because it is a symbol of photography and the way every photograph is linked together. Every photograph is made up of the same things, lighting, shutter speeds, lines, shapes, etc. If you look you can see the shadow of the over lapping intersections in the fence.It makes the photograph have more character,as well as the different lighting as the blurred part turns clear.
Davie County High
Davie County
Artist Statement : I believe that photography is a work of art that tells a story. Each photograph is unique and has a meaning. In my photographs I like to show emotion and details that people most often wouldn’t notice unless they took the time to examine objects. As you get older you begin to be in a hurry, and you only see the big picture. I want adults to see more than the big picture. I want them to see the small details that make things the way they are. I like to put those details within my photographs so people have a different view when they look at a real life object. I want people to see the glare of the sun off of a rain drop on a leaf, rather than just a rain drop sitting on a leaf. Every photograph is linked together, made of tiny details in order to make the picture seem so much more than what it seems. That is why I photograph. My main focus is nature and everyday objects around us.

New Teens, Inspired Submission

Renea Shrewbury

Linked

Description : I named this photograph “Linked” for two reasons. The first reason is obvious, because its a linking fence!! The second is because it is a symbol of photography and the way every photograph is linked together. Every photograph is made up of the same things, lighting, shutter speeds, lines, shapes, etc. If you look you can see the shadow of the over lapping intersections in the fence.It makes the photograph have more character,as well as the different lighting as the blurred part turns clear.

Davie County High

Davie County

Artist Statement : I believe that photography is a work of art that tells a story. Each photograph is unique and has a meaning. In my photographs I like to show emotion and details that people most often wouldn’t notice unless they took the time to examine objects. As you get older you begin to be in a hurry, and you only see the big picture. I want adults to see more than the big picture. I want them to see the small details that make things the way they are. I like to put those details within my photographs so people have a different view when they look at a real life object. I want people to see the glare of the sun off of a rain drop on a leaf, rather than just a rain drop sitting on a leaf. Every photograph is linked together, made of tiny details in order to make the picture seem so much more than what it seems. That is why I photograph. My main focus is nature and everyday objects around us.

New Teens Inspired Submission
Kayla Surrette
Swirling Grass
Celebration Christian Academy and Performing Arts
Wake County
Instructor: Julia Ackerman
Raffia, dried beans, driftwood, organic materials; 16”W x 11 7/8H x 3”D
Artist statement: After looking at the “Stickworks Playhouse” by Patrick Dougherty, I was inspired to do my own version.  I used natural mediums like raffia, dried beans, driftwood and grass.  On my canvas, the straw and other natural materials are wound together in circular shapes.  I started out my project by taking driftwood and framing the edge of my canvas.  Then I used dried beans to create extra texture.  I wove raffia by hand  to create spiral shapes and  I used grass and other natural materials to fill the negative space.   I feel like my art piece describes my personality and vibe.  Patrick Dougherty had a very good idea but I think that it must have been difficult to use saplings to create a sculpture on a wall.  Even for my small-scaled project, it was difficult to keep the raffia in place.  I like the idea of using natural materials.  I think that they bring a different kind of feel to art pieces.

New Teens Inspired Submission

Kayla Surrette

Swirling Grass

Celebration Christian Academy and Performing Arts

Wake County

Instructor: Julia Ackerman

Raffia, dried beans, driftwood, organic materials; 16”W x 11 7/8H x 3”D

Artist statement: After looking at the “Stickworks Playhouse” by Patrick Dougherty, I was inspired to do my own version.  I used natural mediums like raffia, dried beans, driftwood and grass.  On my canvas, the straw and other natural materials are wound together in circular shapes.  I started out my project by taking driftwood and framing the edge of my canvas.  Then I used dried beans to create extra texture.  I wove raffia by hand  to create spiral shapes and  I used grass and other natural materials to fill the negative space.   I feel like my art piece describes my personality and vibe.  Patrick Dougherty had a very good idea but I think that it must have been difficult to use saplings to create a sculpture on a wall.  Even for my small-scaled project, it was difficult to keep the raffia in place.  I like the idea of using natural materials.  I think that they bring a different kind of feel to art pieces.

New Teens, Inspired  Submission
Alicia Woods
Gateway to Heaven
Celebration Christian Academy and Performing Arts
Wake County
Instructor: Julia Ackerman
Wood, poster board, glass and glue; 17 ½”W x 14”H x 1”D
Artist statement: I was inspired by the “Mona Lisa 2” by Deborah Sperber.  I love that the artist used whatever she had to make this beautiful piece.  It showed me that you can use anything to make art.  I used a few primary and secondary colors including yellow, blue and green. I chose glass gems and wooden beads to form the cross, sky and grass in my mosaic piece. The yellow part of the sky represents heaven, the blue part of the sky represents earth and the cross is Christ Jesus - the only way to heaven from earth.  I used the glass gems because they’re beautiful and simple just like the sky.  I used the wooden beads for the cross and the dark gems represent the nails that went into Jesus’ hands and feet.  The meaning of this picture is the love of Christ.  I think art is for people to express themselves and their beliefs. That’s what I am hoping to do with this piece.

New Teens, Inspired  Submission

Alicia Woods

Gateway to Heaven

Celebration Christian Academy and Performing Arts

Wake County

Instructor: Julia Ackerman

Wood, poster board, glass and glue; 17 ½”W x 14”H x 1”D

Artist statement: I was inspired by the “Mona Lisa 2” by Deborah Sperber.  I love that the artist used whatever she had to make this beautiful piece.  It showed me that you can use anything to make art.  I used a few primary and secondary colors including yellow, blue and green. I chose glass gems and wooden beads to form the cross, sky and grass in my mosaic piece. The yellow part of the sky represents heaven, the blue part of the sky represents earth and the cross is Christ Jesus - the only way to heaven from earth.  I used the glass gems because they’re beautiful and simple just like the sky.  I used the wooden beads for the cross and the dark gems represent the nails that went into Jesus’ hands and feet.  The meaning of this picture is the love of Christ.  I think art is for people to express themselves and their beliefs. That’s what I am hoping to do with this piece.

New Teens Inspired Submission 
Madeline BonnerLine of focusCedar Ridge High SchoolOrange CountyInstructor: Rebecca Stone-Danahyphotograph
Artist Statement: This photo represents how fast life can go and that you always need a little focus in your life. This photo captures this idea by having a “line of focus” surrounded by unfocused colors. This photo also uses actual texture to make the viewer feel as though he or she could actually be in the picture. This helps the reader see the image in his or her viewpoint so that he or she can take away the intended idea, that you should keep your life focused. Aaron Siskind also uses a lot of actual texture in his pieces. For example in his photo, Kentucky 4, he uses texture to create a mood of rough distrust. This is what inspired the image Line of Focus to utilize texture to create emphasis on the symbolism. The image, Line of Focus, captures the idea that life should always have a focus that overpowers its distractions, in order to get to the goals that are created.

New Teens Inspired Submission 

Madeline Bonner
Line of focus
Cedar Ridge High School
Orange County
Instructor: Rebecca Stone-Danahy
photograph

Artist Statement: This photo represents how fast life can go and that you always need a little focus in your life. This photo captures this idea by having a “line of focus” surrounded by unfocused colors. This photo also uses actual texture to make the viewer feel as though he or she could actually be in the picture. This helps the reader see the image in his or her viewpoint so that he or she can take away the intended idea, that you should keep your life focused. Aaron Siskind also uses a lot of actual texture in his pieces. For example in his photo, Kentucky 4, he uses texture to create a mood of rough distrust. This is what inspired the image Line of Focus to utilize texture to create emphasis on the symbolism. The image, Line of Focus, captures the idea that life should always have a focus that overpowers its distractions, in order to get to the goals that are created.