NWSA student art showcase marks 25th year

admin | 5/31/2012, 5:50 a.m.

Twenty-eight high school seniors will have the chance of a lifetime on Friday, June 1st, when theyll display an impressive collection of their artistic creations at the Artseen Gallery in the Wynwood District [2215 NW 2nd Avenue]. The exhibition will highlight works that are representative of various disciplines including: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and installations. Its all part of New World School of the Arts [NWSA] High School Senior Showcase an annual spring event that will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. And according to Maggy Cuesta, dean of visual arts for NWSA, the quality of their work far exceeds their tender ages. This will be their first time having their work exhibited in a real gallery so the expectations we have for them are much higher, she said. There will be a lot of art collectors at the showcase as well as other gallery owners so the pressure is on. This is the kind of situation and opportunity that professional artists work for every day. And despite the kids only be 18-years-old, they are all highly-trained, creative and gifted. Artistic prodigies Two must-see artists, according to Cuesta, include a collaboration by twin sisters Erika and Jessica Suhr an installation comprised of a black and white drawing with projected imagery from their childhood. Jessica also holds the distinction of being the schools ninth Presidential Scholar an honor that is only given to 20 U.S. students in the art field each year. She will be joined by faculty member and advisor Tom Wyroba who has molded the young careers of six other students who also garnered the award. Cuesta notes that this years 28 artists will be continuing their training at some of the countrys top schools. In total, they have been awarded $8.5M in scholarships. This senior showcase is something weve been doing since NWSA High first opened 25 years ago, Cuesta said. But its gotten so popular that we recently moved it to the studio in Wynwood. Its much larger and tends to be a space where college students display their work. Since our students also received training from college faculty, it was a perfect fit. This is a big moment in their lives. It shows how important it is to maintain the arts in our public schools. For more information call 305-237-3620. The showcase is free and open to the public. NWSA is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida that prepares students for professional careers in dance, music, theater and visual arts. By D. Kevin McNeir kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com