Recently, I was given the pleasure to jury the first high school art show for the new gallery space housed at the Public Education Foundation
in Las Vegas, NV. The artwork was stunning and it was no easy task to select the art to curate the In A Word show! The following is my juror statement with just a small sampling of the talent from these incredible teenagers!
| Cracked Track Chappelle Kent|
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but it can also be worth just one.
Whether resulting from a visceral reaction to a powerful image or the pure emotion of a fading
memory, In a Word represents the profound impact a piece of artwork can have on its viewer.
Our current visual culture engages the viewer beyond words using a treasure trove of images --
created with a camera, an artist’s hands or simple brushstrokes. The selected artworks feature a
concise efficiency, an ability to give you a single word, if any at all, to define what you are
experiencing when interacting with the work.
| Fear the Darkness Savannah Pessin|
| Unwritten Chelsea Suarez|
Using their surroundings or layering the words to
create subtle undertones and meanings, the young visual artists chosen for In a Word used their
voices to create a feast for the eyes. A feast our society increasingly responds to with visual
answers – in some cases superseding the necessity for any words at all.
| Greyeyeskid Kristina Johnson |