Virtual Arts Day 2020; Celebrating Student-Artists & Artistic Mediums

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Arts Day—but make it virtual? This semester, our school community has been met with many challenges and adaptations. Arts Day, a cherished spring tradition, underwent many renovations to achieve success as a Virtual Arts Day. The Visual & Performing Arts team pulled together an incredible schedule of demonstrations, concerts, and challenges to keep our students and community engaged in this new form of the annual celebration. Assisted by friends, alumni, faculty, and students, the day pulled together to honor the arts.

Candice Guo ’20 received the Portfolio Award in Photography for the second year in a row for her exceptional work and vision.

Art for Everyone

With performances from Sage Beebe and Ke Chen during school meeting, and a sneak peek into the continuing work of the spring musical cast and crew, Virtual Arts Day 2020 experienced a great start. Our arts faculty took time to recognize student-artists with awards in performing art and visual arts, before transitioning to a shared virtual day of activities. From Zoom to Facebook Live, new samplings were available every hour from noon til 9pm. And for those who work best in an asynchronous environment, students received an array of challenges choose from throughout the day, no matter their time zone or location.

In addition to the workshops and challenges, students were treated to several open mic performances throughout the day. Featuring Emily White ’19, Ray Aley ’18, and faculty member Doug Thompson, we are grateful for the contributions of all artists in our community to help bring fun to the day, as well as a time to relax and enjoy. At the time of publishing, these concerts are scheduled to take place in the afternoon and evening of Virtual Arts Day.

Virtual arts day 2020 included our annual ceremony to honor student-artists.
Samantha Davis received the Whole Artist Award at the 2020 Art Awards Ceremony, highlighting her diversity and excellence in many mediums.

2020 Art Awards

Congratulations to the following students recognized with Art Awards at Friday’s school meeting:

T.H. White Award for Poetry and Prose: Talia Shirley 
Literati MVP Awards: Leo Spieler and Marcus Chan
Excellence in Graphic Design Award: Brinly Janelle
Innovation in Ceramics Award: Sarah LaCroix
Emerging Artist in Ceramics Award: Hadley Rossignol
Excellence in Ceramics Award: Noah Bolduc
Artistic Vision Award: Janice Liu and Aaron Liu
Animation Award: Hannah Tripp
Scholar in the Studio: Emma Yao 
Emerging Artist Award: Julia Guadagno
Portfolio Award in Photography: Candice Guo
Most Improved Musician Award: Cam MacLean 
Music Citizenship Award: Ben Fridlington
Career Musician Award: Wyeth Tobey 
Portfolio Award in Studio Art: Makoto Komine 
Best Behind the Scenes Award: Quincy Payne 
Director’s Award: Magal Conard
Best Actor Award: Wyeth Tobey
Whole Artist Award: Samantha Davis

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