Recognizing, encouraging, and celebrating Alexandria students and teachers!
Exhibit: February 2rd – March 10th 2018
Artist Reception: Friday, February 23rd 2018
The All City High School Art Exhibition hosted by the Convergence Arts Initiative returns February 2 – March 10, 2018 for its third and most exciting year so far. This year’s expanded event features over ninety Alexandria high school students and will welcome two additional schools to its juried exhibition; Commonwealth Academy and The Howard Gardner School. Returning for 2018’s collaborative event are students from Bishop Ireton, Episcopal High School, T.C. Williams, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School. Each year, these exhibits are overwhelmingly successful in bringing together students and faculty from Alexandria’s city’s high schools for a friendly and collaborative event focused around the arts. This year, the exhibition expands to six participating Alexandria high schools and will continue to recognize, encourage, and celebrate the creative pursuits of the visual arts students and teachers within our community.
The All City high school student artists participate in all aspects of the exhibition from submitting a call to framing and hanging their work. The exhibition features a diverse display of artwork in a variety of media. Over ninety students will participate in this year’s exhibition juried Allison Nance and Lisa Schumaier. Prizes will be awarded in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, digital design, ceramics, and sculpture.
Location: The Gallery @ Convergence – 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA, 22302. Ph: 703-998-6260
Gallery Hours: Fridays 10am – 5pm & Saturdays 10am – 4pm
Artists Reception: Friday, February 23rd 2018. 7pm – 9pm
Participating High Schools
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School –The Visual Arts program at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School is a comprehensive arts education for all students from JK through 12th grade. Students work on both two and three-dimensional projects and experience the media of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, digital media, and photography. Faculty members encourage personal expression and emphasize the artistic process rather than focus on the finished product. Artwork created in the high school years is more complex, unique, and self-expressive in the two-dimensional media of drawing, painting, and printmaking, the three-dimensional media of ceramics and sculpture, or a combination of both. Students learn to research, plan, and execute individualized projects as well as work collaboratively on the creation of group projects. Our students are regularly recognized in national and local art competitions.
T.C. Williams High School – TCW offers more than 3500 Alexandria students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to explore their creative selves through the media of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and computer-based graphic imaging. In addition to a four-level sequence of broadly exploratory art classes in Art 1, 2, 3 & 4, the art department offers Ceramics, AP Studio Art- Drawing, AP Studio Art- 3-D and AP Art History courses. A chapter of the Art Honor Society at T.C. further promotes these students’ exploration of their creative selves through the arts. Photography and Graphic Design classes reside within the Career and Technical Education umbrella and include a two level Commercial Photography sequence and basic and advanced courses Graphic Design. At any one time more than 700 T.C. students are enrolled in one or more of these classes.
Bishop Ireton High School – The Visual Art Program at Bishop Ireton offers a robust arts education program designed for all students who are passionate about art. Students may take four years of progressively intense study which prepares those wishing to continue their study of art into college. Classes are: Principles of Art; Painting and Drawing; AP Drawing and 2-D Design (in which students produce a minimum of 24 works for their portfolios); AP Studio Art: Drawing (for the serious art student who wishes to advance theoretically in art); and, Honors Portfolio Preparation/Senior Studio (for the student wishing in-depth or independent project assistance). Fine Arts students at Bishop Ireton develop self-discipline and pride in work accomplished, and serve the community with exhibitions and performances. The spring “Evening with the Arts” program highlights the talents of students in the visual arts, music, and drama.
Episcopal High School – Founded in 1839, Episcopal High School is a co-educational, college preparatory boarding school in Alexandria, Va., located just 10 minutes outside the nation’s capital. The Arts Department at EHS instills in students a lifelong commitment to the creative arts and the world of imagination. As the only 100 percent residential boarding school in a major metropolitan area, Episcopal is able to bring the arts to life by frequently taking students into the nation’s capital to explore its cultural resources, as well as inviting many talented performers and artists to campus. The Angie Newman Johnson Gallery hosts four professional exhibitions and two major student exhibitions each year. EHS offers a wide variety of visual arts classes in photography, painting and drawing,
ceramics, and bookmaking and yearlong advanced courses in 2-D and 3-D mediums. Each year, the Ainslie Arts Center is the home to over 60 percent of Episcopal’s student body, who work and perform in an abundant variety of visual and performing arts courses. Students who wish to focus their talents and energies toward serious training in the arts, over four years, are able to prepare for a major in the arts at the college level. Episcopal students show their work locally and nationally and some alumni go on to pursue careers in the arts.
Commonwealth Academy – The art program at Commonwealth Academy gives students of all ages the opportunity to explore different kinds of artistic expression and various artistic techniques. The High School art curriculum offers students Advanced Art, Honors Art, and Portfolio Preparation Program. Students are able to study oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, ceramics, printing, silk painting, drawing, and more. Commonwealth Academy graduates have been admitted to PRATT, MICA, SCAD, CIA and numerous other art programs at universities.
Howard Gardner School – Founded in 2004, The Howard Gardner School is proud to celebrate 15 years of creating unique educational experiences for each student. HGS is a small, independent, educationally-progressive school serving grade 6 – 12. Based in environmental science and the arts, the mission of HGS is to help bright, creative, non-traditional learners use their unique strengths to thrive academically, intellectually, and emotionally. Named one of the top five “Most Nurturing School Communities” by The Washington Magazine.
All City 2018 Logo Design
Leo Kong, Class of 2021, student of Junko Pinkowski at Episcopal High School
Allison Nance is the Director of IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) and Director of Washington-area Initiatives for International Arts & Artists (IA&A), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding through exposure to the arts. She joined IA&A in 2013, prior to which she was with the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA from 2008-2013, where she was the Director of their international exhibition space, the Target Gallery, from 2012-2013. She co-founded microWave project, LLC in 2010, a curatorial partnership that acts as a conduit between artists and businesses, exploring alternative exhibition venues with an emphasis on site-specific installation art. Allison is Vice-Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, whose role is to advise City Council with regard to policies that will strengthen the arts and further public access to the arts and cultural matters. She is the chair of the Commission’s Grants Committee, served on numerous public art selection committees, and for the last three years has worked on the Commission’s Annual Work Plan task force, outlining which new public art projects the City of Alexandria will initiate. Allison serves on the Executive Committee for the Washington, DC Chapter of ArtTable, the foremost professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts. Allison was born and raised in Northern Virginia and moved to Alexandria in 2008 where she currently resides.
Lisa Schumaier was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, attended Alexandria City Public Schools and graduated from T. C. Williams High School. She received her BFA from Radford University and worked for many years as a buyer, display person, and manager at Why Not, a small independent toy and kids clothing store in Old Town, Alexandria. She spent many hours as a teenager being mentored by artists in the Torpedo Factory Art Center and helped all she could to get it off the ground in 1974. In 2003 Lisa took a new career path as a full-time artist and was juried into the Torpedo Factory in 2004, where she is currently a resident artist. She has served for many years on the Board and Committees of that organization and also enjoys volunteering with Alexandria Tutoring Consortium helping kids learn to love reading.
All City High School 2017 Committee
TCW- Beth Coast, Taki Sidley
SSSAS- Kate Elkins, Joey Wade
BI- Victoria Eichler
EHS- Liz Vorlicek
Visual art teachers at Bishop Ireton
Visual art teachers at Episcopal High School
Visual art teachers at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes
Visual art teachers at T.C. Williams
Benjamin Lyon (photography)
Taki Sidley (photography)