Eleven Jamestown Pubic School artist have the unique opportunity to exhibit their artwork at the Social Security Administration Offices in the Hazeltine Plaza. The exhibit was the brainchild of retired Social Security Administration employee Dee Stewart who contacted JPS Visual Arts Chairperson, David Mazzone, about displaying student artwork in their remodeled offices.
“This is such a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful artwork created by our students, kindergarten through 12th grades, to the community,” said Mr. Mazzone. “We are so thrilled that the Social Security Administration Offices contacted us for this opportunity.”
All JPS art teachers in the district submitted one piece of student artwork. JPS artists who are a part of this exhibit are:
Elementary School: Lilliana Gates-Warrior, Mariah Lorenc and Madison Medina,
Middle school: Maisy Chang, Elyse Jones and Chance Scott
JHS: Abby Anthony, Summer Booth, Nigel Eastman, Austen Johnson and Rebecca Rew
JHS art teacher, Kirk Frink, photographed, enlarged and printed all of the artwork to fit into 16” x 20” frames to keep the look of the exhibit uniform. Mr. Mazzone and Mr. Frink hung the artwork right before Christmas.
“It is really nice that the Social Security Administration is hanging our artwork,” said JHS senior Austen Johnson who has a charcoal drawing in the exhibit. “It is exciting to see your work hanging where the community can see it. I’m just glad people like it.”
The JPS Art Department is hoping to rotate the student artwork every two to three months and would like to thank the Social Security Administration for displaying student’s artwork to the local community.