SACO—Artwork by two Thornton Academy students has been selected for display at the 1st Annual Maine Statewide High School Ceramics Art Show at the University of Augusta. Sophomore Gabriella Miller was awarded 2nd Place in the Functional category for her piece “Inferno” at an opening reception held at the university’s Gannett Building on April 9. The ceremony was attended by First Lady Ann LePage, who assisted with the certificate and award presentations. Visitors may view Miller’s work along with sophomore Skyler Gaudette’s piece “Chevron” through April 26 at UMA’s Gannett Gallery.
TA visual arts teacher Dana Altman explained, “This is a great opportunity for our students because it is the first show dedicated completely to ceramics. Often high school art shows are predominately filled with 2-dimensional artwork, so to have a show dedicated to 3D work, specifically ceramics, is a great way to recognize the amazing talents of our students. The fact that it is a statewide show is very special as well. The students get to see their work alongside their peers from all over the state, displayed in a gallery in the capital city.” The ceramics from Thornton were chosen among many submissions for their craftsmanship and originality. “Gabby and Skyler worked incredibly hard on these pieces, perfecting their form and surface design,” said Ms. Altman.
The show was juried by three Maine ceramic artists and 14 schools from across the state participated. The exhibit is part of an ongoing partnership between the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association and UMA to help reinforce the value of teaching art in high schools and to provide high school artists the ability to show their work in a public gallery. Maine Art Education Association Member Russell Kahn, a high school ceramics teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School, served as the show’s project organizer.
UMA’s Gannett Gallery is located at 331 Water Street in Augusta. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 12-5 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.