The AP Art Exhibit is a spring tradition at Gibbons. That's usually when the main lobby transforms into an art gallery, showcasing the creative work of our talented student-artists.
But this May, things changed due to COVID-19. Mindful of that, Gibbons Visual Arts Department invited guests to explore the exhibit virtually from the comfort and safety of their homes.
"Families," said Rebecca Dason, visual arts educator, "were and still can celebrate all that these talented artists have accomplished together in this new way."
The virtual exhibit, which is available for viewing through August 20, features 256 works of art by 29 student-artists in four galleries. The works, noted Visual Arts Educator Rebecca Dason, were conceived and created during the school year from August 2019 to May 15, 2020, and represent a selection of the students' favorite works created for their AP portfolio.
The finished works range from paintings and photography to ceramics. Viewers can stroll through the different galleries by just a click of a mouse.
And that was a positive in these uncertain times. "Families," said Dason, "were and still can celebrate all that these talented artists have accomplished together in this new way."
Student artist Kayla Pham '20 agreed and added that she was excited about the opportunity to continue the art exhibit virtually! Pham's work on display in the exhibit is an ebony pencil drawing titled, "A Fan of Me."
Asked what she learned from being involved in the arts program at Gibbons, Kayla said: "I have learned more about patience, and that art takes time. I also have learned that it is okay to make mistakes or if something does not turn out all right."
In the fall, Pham will be attending NC State University, majoring in art and design.