Students from 12 area high schools participated in Mount Wachusett Community College’s 33rd Annual Regional Exhibition of High School Art. Sponsored by the MWCC Art Department, the competition presented cash prizes to 10 students, the MWCC Art Club award to one recipient, and honorable mention awards to 72 students during a ceremony April 9. More than 300 items were on exhibit in the college’s East Wing Gallery.
“The Annual Regional Exhibition of High School Art is one of the most popular exhibits and annual events for the college and the community,” said Art Professor John Pacheco, who organizes the event. The exhibit featured work in both two and three dimensions, including drawings, photographs, painting, graphic design, collage, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. The exhibit was judged by the art department faculty, who look for artwork that demonstrates originality and artistic technique.
Cash prize winners in this year’s exhibition are: Dakota Deal of Gardner High School; Jordan Martin of Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School; Nick Zbikowski and Cassandra Fayorsey of Oakmont Regional High School; August Stowers and Olivia Witkor of Quabbin Regional High School; Julie Fox, Megan Gage and Haley Wilmot of Wachusett Regional High School; and Michael McKenna of Contoocook Valley Regional High School in Peterborough, N.H.
Angela Kelly of Wachusett Regional High School received the MWCC Art Club Award.
MWCC offers an associate degree in art and many graduates continue their studies to pursue bachelor’s degrees at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Montserrat College of Art; UMass Amherst; Savannah College of Art and Design; and others.
This year, MWCC added a new academic program, Liberal Arts and Sciences with an art concentration. The new program provides a broad foundation in academic studies with an emphasis in art and design. This degree includes important fundamental courses recognized by transfer institutions and industries that value creative thinking and innovation. Students transfer to four year programs where an art background is necessary but not the sole focus such as: art therapy, art history, museum studies, art conservation, art administration, non-profit management, or education. This program meets the requirements for MassTransfer agreement.