New artist showcase Now open



Juried art show for high school kids

Journal & Courier March 21, 2016

Ron Wilkins,

Nana Miller, a Big Sister, and Ziya Faulkner, a Tecumseh Junior High School eight-grader, strolled through the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, taking in the works of students from eight high schools.

“In the paper, I read this was an exhibit that was going on, so I wanted to bring her here for her to see it,” Miller said. “Ziya is an artist, also. She’s in the eighth-grade at Tecumseh.

“I’m trying to talk her into seeing how to do something like this,” she said. “I feel like Ziya could have one of these.”

The two stood in front of Rachel Goodman's sculpture titled, “Persephone.”

“I actually like all kinds (of art). My favorite is digital art,” Faulkner said as she and Miller looked over "Persephone," and Faulkner recited what she knew about the mythological daughter of Zeus, king of the Greek gods, and Demeter, the harvest goddess.

During an interview late last week, Goodman said, “I just always liked Greek mythology. I like Persephone, and I wanted to embody her into a piece of art.”

Her work won best in show for the Tri-Kappa New Artist Show, which runs through April 23 at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette at 102 S. 10th St. It also won a blue ribbon for sculpture.

For Goodman, a junior at McCutcheon High School, her entry this year is the second year to participate in the New Artist Show, and she plans to enter again next year as a senior.

Faulkner admitted she might strive to enter work next year when she becomes a high school student. While she likes all art mediums, she likes digital art, which she explained is drawing and creating art with a computer.

Michael Crowthers, curator of collections, exhibitions and education, explained it is the 37th year for the judged art show for high school students. Students from McCutcheon, Harrison, Jefferson, West Lafayette, Benton Central, Central Catholic, Rossville and Oakdale high schools have pieces in the show.

Also on display is a gallery titled "A Bicentennial Legacy Exhibition Artsmart: Indiana."

Crowthers explained the year-long display celebrating the state's 200th anniversary includes artwork featuring Indiana.

“We can see the history of our state in this artwork,” Crowthers said explaining that photography did not exist or was rare during much of the 19th century.

The works of art gives a glimpse of what the state's first frontiers saw before the area was settled and populated, he said.

If you go:

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is open daily between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The New Artist gallery will be on display through April 23.

The Bicentennial Legacy Exhibition will be on display throughout the year.