Grand Opening of New Art Gallery

Michael Gray, Visual Arts Instructor HS & IB Art
The series of events celebrating the opening of the Maria Dolores and Maurice R. Ferré Convocation Center culminated with the first art installation in the newly built gallery space. 
The series of events celebrating the opening of the Maria Dolores and Maurice R. Ferré Convocation Center culminated with the first art installation in the newly built gallery space. The Senior IB Visual Art Exhibition, showcasing the work the students completed over their last two years in high school, opened this week to rave reviews. Nearly 100 guests strolled through the multi-level gallery located in the 2-story atrium on an opening evening. Attendees included parents, alumnae, friends, grandparents, faculty and administration, students and the artists themselves.

The works had descriptive labels; however, there were many great conversations between artists and viewers about the subject and method of work. The IB program informs thorough research and artistic development throughout the course, which the guests were fascinated to hear. In tandem with the Global Health Equity Symposium also taking place this week, much of the art reflected the students’ awareness and commitment to social justice.

The reaction from the crowd was effusive at the caliber of work the girls exhibited. Viewers encountered new media and techniques not usually exhibited in a high school setting, thus creating a very high level of engagement between the viewers and the artists.
Some of the quotes heard throughout the night ranged from "We just came from Wynwood, and this is a MUCH better show!" to "Great artwork was EXACTLY what this building needed!" Our own favorite - "I NEED THAT PIECE IN MY HOUSE."
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