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Governor’s School student artwork on display at Hartsville

on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in News, Arts & Culture, Education, Local News

Artwork by students at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) will be featured at the W. Reaves McCall Gallery at the Hartsville Museum through April 13. The exhibit is being shown in conjunction with the National Youth Art Month, which takes place annually in March.

For two weeks in January, Interim offers GSSM students a wide variety of exciting course offerings that allow students to tap into undiscovered talents and explore new possibilities. Art in the Interim, taught by GSSM’s Visual Arts Coordinator, Patz Fowle, and GSSM Artist in Residence, Mike Fowle, is a popular choice during Interim. To inspire the souls of these young artists, Art in the Interim students went on excursions to Columbia art galleries and artists’ studios. Upon returning to their own art studio on campus, students explored traditional and innovative art techniques and processes to create meaningful works of art using a variety of art media. Jay Medina, a GSSM senior, said, “Art in the Interim has given me the time and opportunity to discover art I didn’t know I could make.”

The enriching Student-Choice art program at GSSM provides individuals the opportunity to explore, experiment, and thrive in a creative studio-based art environment. “It’s so thrilling to work alongside the creative leaders and innovators of tomorrow and to witness the creativity that emerges in an authentic way through artistic self-expression,” says Ms. Fowle. “It is obvious to see—with works that range from watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic on canvas and even three-dimensional, mixed media, kinetic paintings—that these STEM students were able to successfully reveal their artistic abilities.”

GSSM’s public art exhibition will feature works of the ten students who participated in this year’s Art in the Interim as well as selected works from other students who frequent GSSM’s Open Art Studio throughout the school year. Participating artists include:

Michelle Adamson, child of Ludresha McFadden and James Adamson, of Columbia

Shayla Carney, child of Lillian Carney and the late Josh Carney, of Myrtle Beach

Elizabeth Anna Colmer, child of Daisy Wang Colmer and Earl Edward Colmer, of Rock Hill

Stevie Evans, child of Cynthia and Anthony Evans, of Lexington

Brianna Fuller, child of Sharon and Joe Fuller, of Summerville

Anna K. Hewitt, child of Karen S. and Kent E. Hewitt, of Aiken

Catlyn Johnson, child of Jessica Peeples, of Rock Hill

Mackenzie Meadows, child of Billie and Shannon Meadows, of Indian Land

Jay Medina, child of Luz Celis and Jesus Medina, of Greer

Nghia Nguyen, child of Mai and Ha Nguyen, of Florence

Katherine Porter, child of Carrie and Henry Porter, of Columbia

Thomas Richburg, child of Candy and Les Richburg, of Sumter

Jenny Schaffer, child of Jane Schaffer, of Varnville

Emma Schreiner, child of Faythe MacKay and Jason Schreiner, of Greenville

Reed Studer, child of Heather and Todd Studer, of Prosperity

Kathleen Tatusko, child of Amy and Mark Tatusko, of Aiken

Dejanay Williams, child of Melissa Miller, of Heath Springs

“Art is a strong unifying element within a culture,” says Fowle, “and the collaboration between the Hartsville Museum and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics allows us to see the beautiful, beneficial bridge that connects the history of Hartsville with the future of Hartsville through art, education, and community.”