Celebrating the Arts; New Hampton School Arts Day 2019

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Rainy weather couldn’t damper the spirits of our community as they headed into the highly anticipated Arts Day 2019. The Art Department, armed with the help of friends, community members, alumni, faculty, and students, organized a day to celebrate the arts. This year’s event included thirty-five workshop options in a wide variety of visual and performing arts.

Arts Day allows students and faculty to try out new forms of artistic expression and to teach or lead in their own expertise.

Art for Everyone

Following an all-school meeting recognizing student-artists with awards in performing art and visual arts, students and faculty dispersed to their selected workshops for morning and afternoon sessions. Campus favorites such as special effects make-up, guitar, and hip-hop dance, worked in concert with visiting professional artists such as John Cariani (Almost, Maine) who led a creative writing workshop. Local professional photographer Maundy Mitchell also led a workshop on lighting in portrait photography.

The diversity of the arts available reminded us of the incredible range and effect that visual and performing art touches. New Hampton School is grateful for the support of all the workshop leaders and the support of the school community to partake in this tradition each spring.

New Hampton School students performed alongside Holderness School for a special lunchtime concert.

Exhibition and performance

In addition to the workshops, students were treated to several exhibitions and performance throughout the day. During the morning’s meeting, English Department Chair B Cornog announced the winners of the April Poetry Contest, an annual tradition in celebration of poetry month. Honorees this year included Grace Bellefeuille ’19 (third place), Seth Wilkinson ’19 (second place), and Kelly Matthews ’19 (first place).

Next, a collaborative concert offered lively energy during lunchtime. Holderness School musicians joined us in Memorial Dining Hall for an extended concert. Each band was met with supportive cheers from the audience. After the afternoon workshops, the community was welcomed to the student art exhibit in Galletly Gallery in recognition of the many talented visual artists at New Hampton School.

Pictures from Arts Day are now available on the School’s Flickr.

Galletly Gallery at New Hampton School currently exhibits a selection of student artwork through the end of the academic year.

2019 Art Awards

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized with Art Awards at Friday’s School Meeting:

T.H. White Award for Poetry and Prose: Dante Beaupre ’20
Literati MVP Awards: Ines Rivera Cruz ’21, Will Rowan ’19, Chris Fridlington ’19, and Augusta Truesdale ’19
Excellence in Graphic Design Award: Will Hilfiker ’20
Creative Process Award: Hannah Tripp ’21
Excellence in Ceramics Awards: Catrina Caruso ’19 and Zola Braswell ’19
Excellence in Sculptural Ceramics Award: Noah Bolduc ’20
Artistic Vision Award: Marcus Chan ’21
Excellence in Animation Award: Cathy Li ’21 and Ines Rivera Cruz ’21
Scholar in the Studio: Tristan MacDonald ’20 
Emerging Artist Award: Samantha Davis ’21 and Sarah LaCroix ’22 
Portfolio Award in Photography: Candace Guo ’20
Art Spirit Award: Leopold Kraus ’19
Most Improved Musician Award: Sil Park ’19 
Music Citizenship Award: Taka Suzuki ’21 and Hannah Hibbert ’20
Career Musician Award: Juliette Pegula ’20 
Portfolio Award in Studio Art: Will Rowan ’19 
Best Behind the Scenes Award: Eva Petschek ’20 
Director’s Award: Gillian Bonin ’21
Best Actor Award: Claire Gardner ’19
Whole Artist Award: Makoto Komine ’20
Makoto Komine ’20 received the Whole Artist Award at the 2019 NHS Art Awards Ceremony.

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