Md. students' artwork exhibited in Washington

Showcase in lobby of U.S. Department of Education

September 20, 2010|By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun

An exhibition showcasing the work of three dozen Maryland public high school students from 10 school districts throughout the state opened Monday at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington.

The juried show, which will be on display for two months in a long lobby of the federal office building across the street from the National Air and Space Museum, contains a variety of work including a ceramic Mona Lisa by seven students from Heritage High School in East Baltimore, oil paintings and digital work.

Maryland is the third state to have a show in the space, which has rotating exhibits. The work was chosen by a committee of Maryland arts educators.

"The experience itself was amazing because I got to see a lot of other students and their artistic talent," said Peter Favinger, from River Hill High School, whose piece on display is a self-portrait. The senior said his work shows his face looking up at his body popping out a Chinese carryout food container.

Having the work displayed in the lobby reminds the workers in the building of the job they have to do every day, said Jacqueline Zimmermann, director of editorial policy, publications and student art exhibit programs at the department.

"It is not just talented work. This is about kids who persist and work really hard, and about teachers who pay attention and nurture, and families who support their children," she said.

The following students from the Baltimore area have work that is being shown:

From Anne Arundel County: DeAndre Knight and Ashley Lim from North County High School; Louis Fratino from South County High School; and Kristin Schmit and Katie Emmitt from Southern High School.

From Baltimore City: Javonia Hartman, Nasheam Rodgers, Mark McGlothin, Gregory Jenkins, Ericka Kimbrough-Byrd, Brieawna Mason and Stacey Simmons from Heritage High School.

From Baltimore County: Katrina Navarro and Lauren Hartman from the Carver Center for Arts and Technology; Rodnique Steele and Bernadette Szrom from Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts; and Annie Bishai, Molly Broom and Emma Popp from Towson High School.

From Howard County: Briana Hanlon and Jane Yoon from Marriotts Ridge High School; Katherine Chorosinkski and Peter Favinger from River Hill High School; and Josh Tulkoff from Wilde Lake High School.

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