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AP Student Art Show Dazzles
By Amanda Boyle

May 5, 2015
On Thursday April 23, Byram Hills High School hosted a community reception for Advanced Placement (AP) student artwork. Students displayed their work, including paintings, drawings and photographs, all boundlessly creative. These students have been working on their craft throughout their school career.

Several students in AP Studio Art spoke about their work. Junior Pranav Solanki's work deals with the imagery of reflection, and examines the way light and objects distort on different surfaces including glass, chrome, and water. His works are detail-oriented, drawing the viewer in. Solanki enjoys working with charcoal, because it allows a higher contrast, which he said gives his drawings a more realistic edge.

Senior Rafael Palomino's AP Studio work concentrates on the theme of Latin America’s culture, architecture and people, where his family’s roots lie. He explores both historical and contemporary topics of Latin America. One work is a portrait of a girl with her skeleton showing, a reference to the Day of the Dead. Palomino explained, "The Day of the Dead is a festival that's supposed to represent how important life is and how much you should cherish each and every day. I wanted to show how beautiful life is through a piece like this.”

Senior Tasha Skotnicki’s photographs are portraits that do not reveal the faces. She said this allowed a sense of privacy to the subjects while still showing their personality. Skotnicki spoke highly of the many art classes she has taken at the high school, including film, ceramics, and photography. One of the things she appreciated the most about the film classes was collaborating with other students who were passionate about film. She plans to continue to study film--specifically film and audio production--at American University in the fall.

Junior Corrin Burke, in AP Photography, presented photographs where she manipulated lighting and contrast to show emotional portraits.

Senior Noelle Love, in AP Graphic Design, worked on texture and pattern in nature where she combined images and swirled colors to create an edgy dreaminess.

Junior Nikki Snyder, also in AP Graphic Design, exhibited work on "emotions that can be seen through the eyes,” in which she used color and repetition to create urgency.

Junior Anastacia Villis, in AP Photography, presented photographs dealing with the societal issues teenagers face today. Her works unflinchingly deal with drug abuse, depression, and eating disorders.

Senior Katie DiMauro, in AP Graphic Design, showed witty and thoughtful cartoon works on ghosts.

These are just some of the many talented junior and senior artists who displayed their work at the art show this year. Enjoy some of their art in the video above.