On Tuesday, January 16th, the Board of Education recognized talented D75 artists at the start of the monthly meeting. Forty-four students have artwork currently hung in Studio 75 at the District Administrative Center. These students and their families were invited to attend a casual reception from 6:30 to 7:30 with the school board, administrators, teachers and other community members. Refreshments were served, and speaking with the young artists whose work is now on display was a highlight. Lily, a fourth grade artist, said that having her pastel pumpkin hung and that being honored has made her feel “proud and confident.” Standing by their framed piece, each artist was met with applause and congratulations as they stated their name and grade level.
The artists’ gallery, appropriately named Studio 75, opened in 2015 and has had annual student artist exhibits since the fall of that year. The idea to renovate the room into an open, spacious and modern meeting place, enhanced with professionally hung artwork made by K-8th grade students, was the vision of Dr. Henrikson in collaboration with other administrative, custodial and art teaching staff in the district. Art teachers, Lilly Fischer from CSMS, Lisa Shirley from MG and Jennifer Savone from WS spend several hours mounting, framing and hanging the students’ work to show in the best and most spectacular way. Curriculum Coordinator Dan Swartz says that he has received many positive comments about the beautiful space and about how amazingly the artwork is displayed. At the board meeting he stated, “When people come in from the community and other districts, they rave about our student art studio. I often hear people comment how the student artwork creates a wonderful environment in Studio 75 and about the great artwork of District 75 students!" Jen Savone comments that Studio 75 has been a meaningful addition to our district as it is yet another opportunity among many in our schools where various students are given a “moment to shine!” Look for an upcoming change of artwork and the school board recognition of D75 artists to happen again this spring!