Junior Art Student Selected to Compete in Juried Media Arts Council Show

A junior art student has been selected to be among 22 local, high school students who will compete in a juried art show themed “Together We Rise” at the end of January.

Arielle Bennett ’22 submitted her works to the Media Arts Council’s annual high school student art show and will present her piece, an ink calendar titled "The Days of November" when the show goes live online January 22. 

“I'm excited to share my art with an audience and observe others' work, as an essential part of art is viewing others' styles and interpretations of it,” Arielle said. 

Seven area high schools and 27 pieces from 22 students are included in the juried art show filled with a variety of mediums like ink, oils, acrylics, watercolor, photography, digital drawing and more. Selections were based on the artists’ adherence to the theme, composition, mastery of the medium and the emotional impact of the piece.

Arielle, who had two pieces accepted into the show, chose ink as her medium because it is the tool she works best with, she said. She said the project stemmed from "Inktober," an in-class art challenge where the students were instructed to create an image for each day of the month. 

“To truly personalize it, I illustrated things I saw on my trips to school, had conversations with people about, or objects from my other classes. For example, one day, I drew the cells I observed in my biology class, and for the next, the chocolate cake my mother had just made,” Arielle said. 

The Media Arts Council juried show is not part of the AIS curriculum, Arielle decided to enter her works on her own after she was made aware of the contest in class. This is her first judged competition, she said. Along with her “Days of November” piece, she also submitted pieces from throughout her high school career.

Kerri Farrow, Arielle’s Upper School Studio Art Instructor, said this is the first year anyone from her class has participated in the Media Arts Council show. She said one of Arielle’s submitted pieces was completed in class in a month-long pen assignment in which they created a visual journal or calendar. 

Farrow said that Arielle excels in the design area and takes risks and is open to challenges while she thinks about how to solve a problem creatively.

“She really loves the process and thinks things through well,” Farrow said. “She always works to address the concepts in a thoughtful and interesting way.”

The Media Arts Council’s Virtual Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place on Jan. 23 and awards totaling $400 will be announced that day. We wish you good luck, Arielle! 


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