Fine Arts Academy News

Theatrical Rigging Workshop Oct. 1

The Fine Arts Academy will host a “Theatrical Rigging Skills Workshop” on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Centre in Evansville. The presenter will be Bill Sapsis and will cover rigging fundamentals, system components, fall arrest, system maintainence and related topics. The workshop is designed to assist individuals who work withing educational and professional theatre as well as houses of worship. Call 812-833-5932 for more information.

Anonymous 4 to Present Master Class: Feb. 5, 2012

The internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble, Anonymous 4 will present a master class on Feb. 5, 2012 from 1:30-2:30 in Wheeler Concert Hall(University of Evansville). Sponsored by the Fine Arts Academy, the masterclass is free and open to the public.

Grammy Award Winning Composer at Fine Arts Academy

On May 6, 2012 the Fine Arts Academy will present the 2011 Grammy Award winning work Calling All Dawns.

Featuring Fine Arts Academy and area singers, the performance will be conducted by Maestro Alfred Savia and accompanied by the Evansville Philharmonic.

Composer, Christopher Tin will be in residence during the final rehearsals and performance.

Mr. Taylor Earns Local and National Awards

Dana Taylor, Director of Vocal Music and technical theatre instructor was awarded the 2011 Founders’ Award by the Educational Theatre Association for significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education in the United States.

The award was presented on Saturday, June 25 at the International Thespian Festival (Lincoln, NE).

On Tuesday, June 28, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana named Mr. Taylor its Artist of the Year for his work in choral music and technical theatre. During Mr. Taylor’s tenure at MVHS, the technical theatre program has gained national recognition and students are involved in numerous school productions as well as servicing clients ranging from area high schools to the Evansville Philharmonic. Additionally, the vocal music program has gained national attention through its unique women’s ensemble “Angelus”.

Mikey Stephens-Emerson in “Lost in Yonkers”

MVHS rising sophomore Mikey Stephens-Emerson earns rave reviews in his performance of “Jay” in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers”. Read Roger McBain’s review at the following link.

“Yonkers’ Set Stage for High Expectations”

Technical Theatre Students Help “Peter Pan” Fly

MVHS Techical Theatre students Jessica King, Brandon Lauderdale and Spencer Boyle recently worked for the Evansville Ballet’s production of “Peter Pan” at the Henderson Fine Arts Center (Henderson, KY). After Tuesday’s load in and light hang, the students spent the balance of the time working as flymen for the aerial effects.  (Photo from “The Gleaner”)

Jenna Rueger Earns Multiple Scholarships from USI

Mt. Vernon High School Senior, Jenna Rueger, has been offered three scholarships from the University of Southern Indiana.  Based on her art portfolio, she has been offered the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Art Scholarship and the Art Departmental Scholarship.  She has also been offered an Academic Achievement Award based on her overall high school academic record.  She was offered an art scholarship to the Art Academy of Cincinnati earlier this year.

Jenna is an AP Studio Art Senior Honors Student.  She received Honorable Mention for her Portfolio at the Scholastic Art Awards.  In the Evansville Museum Regional High School Art Show she has won the First Place in Photography, a Merit Award for painting, and the Outstanding Freshman Award in mixed media.  In the Brescia University Regional High School Art Show, she has won the Best of Show for photography and Best of Category in Digital Media.  One of her photographs was chosen in the Design Contest for All Public Clothing, an on-line clothing company.  She has had 44 photographs chosen to appear in Getty Images.  She is presently an intern for Daniel Knight’s Studio B Photography. She has been member of the Science Club, Tri-Am, Theater, Choir, and National Honor Society.

Carmi-White Regional Art Show Winners

Mt. Vernon High School students won 24 awards at the 2011 Carmi-White Regional Invitational Art Exhibit.  Hillary Gee supervised the show and it was held at the Carmi-White County High School in Carmi, Illinois.  Over 500 works were entered from high schools the southern Illinois region.

In the 3D Category:

Ben Zickmund won Best of Category for his slab ceramic entitled “Carribean Blue; Samantha Alsop won First for her stone carving entitled “Blob”: Katelyn Herrenbruck won Second for her wheel thrown ceramic entitled “Jade Fish” and Kate Cox won Third for her stone carving entitled “Stone”.

In the Photography Category: Morgan Fields won Best of Category for her black and white print entitled “Demon Lying within” and Honorable Mention for her black and white print entitled “Ghost”; Audrey Summers won First for her color and black and white print entitled “There’s One in Every Crowd”; Bailey Ash won First for her color print entitled “Serenity”; Samantha Alsop won Second for her double exposure entitled “Distraction” and Honorable Mention for her black and white print entitled “Ferris Wheel”; Olivia Mader won Third with her color print entitled “Vortex”; Mary Klueh won Third with her black and white print entitled “Bai Merc”; Kassidy Wolfe won Third for her color print entitled “Jewelry” and Olivia Murphy won Honorable Mention for her color print entitled “Water”

In the Computer Graphic Category: Lexie Tomlinson won Third for her special effects photograph entitled “Sadie”; Cara Hoskins won Third for her bitmap design entitled “Radiate”; Nick Seifert won Honorable Mention with his object-oriented design entitled “Before the Show” and Amber Petrig won Honorable Mention for her object-oriented design entitled “Dog on Teal”.

In the Painting Category: Erica Martin won First for her oil painting entitled “Self-Portrait”; Kimber King won Second for her watercolor and ink painting entitled “Traffic #1” and Ivy Griffin won Third for her watercolor and ink entitled “City Skyline”.

In the Pastel Category: Erica Martin won First for her oil pastel entitled “Ocean”

In the 2D Category: Sabrina Hollar won Second with her mixed media entitled “Aquarium” and Haley Biggs won First Place for her ink illustration entitled “Blue Fish”.

Ben Zickmund Receives Two Scholarships

Mt. Vernon High School Senior, Ben Zickmund, has been selected to receive two university scholarships. He has been selected for the Presidential Merit-Based Scholarship to the Pratt Institute. The scholarship is for four years based on his academic record and art portfolio for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Communications Design. The Pratt Institute is located in Brooklyn, New York. Ben has also been offered the Savannah College of Art and Design Artistic Honors Scholarship. The scholarship is for four years based on his art portfolio. The college is located in Savannah, Georgia.
Ben is an AP Studio Art Senior Honors Student. He has won a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Awards and Honorable Mention for his Portfolio. He has been a member of the school’s Art Guild, Multimedia Club, Mass Media course, National Honor Society, German Club, Advanced Biology Club, Federation of Christian Athletes, the Track team, Soccer team, and Basketball team.

The Scholastic Art Awards

The Scholastic Art Awards held their Regional Awards Ceremony entitled “2011 Visions & Voices on March 20th at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University in Indianapolis. Gold Key winners from Mt. Vernon High School present to receive their awards were Shannon Felty, Olivia Mader, and Esther Menghini. They were accompanied by their families and art teacher, Otis Huddleson.

Dr. William Blomquist of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI gave the opening remarks and Scott Ham of Butler University conducted the ceremonies. The keynote address was by Jon McLaughlin, a professional musician who also played and sang one of his award winning compositions. Each medal winner was called to the stage to receive their award and address the audience.
Students receiving Gold Keys were: Shannon Felty for her photograph entitled “Lion’s Den”, Olivia Mader for her photograph entitled “What do You See”, Erica Martin for her mixed media entitled “Quiet”, Audrey Summers for her photograph entitled “Take a Drink” and Esther Minghini for her photograph entitled “Dancing Bonetrees”. Esther Menghini also won a Silver Medal for her triptych photograph entitled “Fall Impressions”.

Audrey Summers Earns Silver Medal

Mt. Vernon High School Junior, Audrey Summers, has been notified that she has won a Silver Medal in the 2011 National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. The award is for her photograph entitled “Take a Drink”.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writer and it is the largest and longest running recognition program for teenage artists and writers. She joins past winners such as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, and Robert Redford. More than 185,000 works were entered from across the nation and only 1,500 works earned national medals.

By winning the medal, she has been invited to attend the Awards Ceremony on May 31st at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Hagemann Competition for Musical Performance

Congratulations Josie Brown and Kira Irons. These Mt. Vernon High School vocalists were selected as finalists in the Hagemann Competition for Musical Performance. The semi-finals, performed on Thursday October 31 culminated in four Posey County musicians being selected. The finals will be held this summer with the winner receiving $550 in cash and an Alexander Trust Scholarship worth at least $2000.

Evansville Museum Art Show

Update: At last night’s Evansville Museum Regional High School Art Show Mt. Vernon students won 10 awards. The most awards of all schools! Congratulations!

The Fine Arts Academy invites you to the Evansville Museum High School Art Show. Seventeen visual art students from Mt. Vernon High School have had works accepted. The Opening and Awards Night is tonight, March 17 at 7 pm in the Old Gallery of the museum. The exhibit runs through Apr. 17.

Congratulations to Josie Brown and Kira Irons. These Mt. Vernon High School vocalists were selected as finalists in the Hagemann Competition for Musical Performance. The semi-finals, performed on Thursday October 31 culminated in four Posey County musicians being selected. The finals will be held this summer with the winner receiving $550 in cash and an Alexander Trust Scholarship worth at least $2000.

Congratulations are extended to Audrey Summers. Audrey has just been notified that she has won the Silver Medal for her photograph entitled “Take a Drink” in the National Scholastic Art Awards competition in New York City. The awards presentations will be at Carnegie Hall on May 30th. Student winners will be treated to a tour of New York City’s creative industries including the Tribeca Film Institute.

 

The Scholastic Art Awards have released the results of the Regional competition in Indianapolis.  Mt. Vernon High School art students won 14 awards out of the 2,200 entries from 54 counties in the state of Indiana

Students receiving Honorable Mention were: Morgan Fields for her special effects photograph entitled “Solarized Flower”, Carissa Hoskins for her photograph entitled “Ink in the Sink”, Kinsey Johnson for her digital design entitled “Rainbow Eye”, Cassie Keitel for her digital design entitled “Blue Paradise”, Kendal Lang with her photograph entitled “Through the Window”, and Kinsley Shannon for her photograph entitled “Arch”.  Jenna Rueger and Ben Zickmund won Honorable Mention for their art portfolios.

Esther Minghini won a Silver Medal for her triptych photograph entitled “Fall Impressions”.

Students receiving Gold Keys were: Shannon Felty for her photograph entitled “Lion’s Den”, Olivia Mader for her photograph entitled “What do You See”, Erica Martin for her mixed media entitled “Quiet”, Esther Minghini for her photograph entitled “Dancing Bonetrees”, and Audrey Summers for her photograph entitled “Take a Drink”

The Silver and Gold Key winners will be honored at the Visions & Voices Awards Ceremony at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 2 pm EDT.  The Gold Key works will then be sent to New York to participate in the National Scholastic Art Awards in June.

Angelus California Bound

Angelus, our sacred music ensemble will travel to San Francisco in July for a series of concerts. Featuring performances at Grace Cathedral, Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, St. Dominic’s (San Francisco) and St. Patrick’s Church (Kenwood, CA). The ensemble is also making arrangements for a vocal coaching with members of the world renowned ensemble, Chanticleer.

Meet Our Partners

The following organizations and business have agreed to partner with the MVHS Fine Arts Academy. Please check back as this list will be growing:

The Evansville Philharmonic , Concept Sound and Light, Vincent Lighting Systems, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE Local 102), New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art.

State Contest Results for Vocal Music

The following  MVHS Vocal Music students and ensembles earned Gold Medals at ISSMA State Contest in Indianapolis (Feb. 19, 2011)

Andrew Abad, Angelus, Josie Brown, Chamber Choir, David Cole, Melanie Davis, Katelynn Herrenbruck, Kate Higgins, Kira Irons, Michelle Huff, Jenna Rueger and Michelle Walker.

Earning Silver Medals were the Abad Quartet, David Barton, Cul, Carly Gray and the Seifert Quartet.

Art Guild Hosts Art Camp

MVHS Art Guild hosted their 7th Annual Art Camp on Saturday February 19, 2011. Thirteen Art Guild members taught forty-one campers ranging in age from 3rd – 8th grade. Campers made duct tape wallets from a variety of colors and funky patterns. They made book illumination reliefs with glue, foil, and ink. T-shirts were made with spray paints and personalized stencils. It was a very busy and fun day for everyone involved! We are in the process of planning a fall and spring camp for next year, please stay on the lookout for information!

Visual Arts Students in Evansville Museum High School Art Show

Seventeen visual art students had works accepted to the Evansville Museum High School Art Show. The Opening and Awards Night is March 17 at 7 pm. Six visual art students have won Regional Gold Keys at the Scholastic Art Awards. The Awards Presentation will be March 20 at 2 pm at Clowes Hall at Butler University in Indianapolis.

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