Students in the Socorro Independent School District are leading the way for young artists with their art work being displayed in two recent exhibits at the El Paso Museum of Art.
SISD Student Showcase
Twenty-seven SISD students made history as the first students in a local school district to exhibit their work at the 59-year-old downtown museum. The art was displayed April 21-23 and drew a large crowd of students, families, teachers and friends for the opening reception.
“I am really excited for our students,” said Macka Jones, visual arts specialist for SISD. “This is an amazing experience and for many of them a dream come true. We are proud to be a district of endless opportunities and that is what we created today, an opportunity for our students.”
The student showcase featured the work of students from Americas, Eastlake, El Dorado, Montwood, Pebble Hills and Socorro high schools. It featured beautiful ceramics, diverse paintings and hand-crafted sculptures.
The exhibit originated last September when students toured the museum’s permanent collection of art, the 7,000-piece Kress Collection. Students were asked to choose a work that caught their eye and create an art piece inspired by that particular work.
“This is a really big deal,” said Noelle Marquez, a senior at Pebble Hills. “My freshmen year I would have never imagined that my work would be featured in a museum.”
Metamorphosis Trash to Treasure II
The Metamorphosis Art to Treasure II exhibit featured more than 450 pieces of artwork made from recycled material. The annual contest was part of the It’s Your World community project that creates art work with recycled material and raises awareness about environmental conservation.
The ongoing community project is spearheaded by El Dorado High School students and their art teacher Candace Printz. Now a non-profit organization, It’s Your World allows students, community members and local organizations to take part in desert clean ups to turn the trash into art.
“We have seen great response from the community,” Printz said. “People are making art work, the desert is being cleaned up and animals are being helped. Although we have different agendas, we work together to become stronger to make a difference in our community.”
The exhibit was on display through May 13 at the El Paso Museum of Art. Proceeds from art sold at the show will go to the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and MuttLove organizations.