Create an artwork about what 2016 was for you, in any media.
sumi ink, dish soap, acrylic paint
18.3” x 14”
“This work pretty much sums up what 2016 has been for me. 2016 was a big year to me, especially because this was my senior year at my high school. To be frank, this year was the worst year of my life. All my relationships began to cripple down, and I had to deal with them while working on my apps and portfolio. I also failed in art, in which I have never failed in before. Dealing with such conflicts and being in the hole of failure made me want to run away from everything. I wanted to depict the feeling of suffocation I experienced under such events through koi pods, which appeared in the conception dream about me. (a dream that fortells birth of a child, usually dreamt by the mother or people close to her)”
Boldy Go Prize
charcoal, paper, tracing paper
36″ x 24″
“Throughout 2016, I realized that I created a fake self to hide grief and emotion. Through this fake self I kind of forgot who I really was. It was not until the end of 2016 when realized who I was. Which caused me to destroy the fake self. The bottom layer of this piece is a self-portrait of me surrounding the piece is many destroyed portraits of myself that I felt were not me.”
Exquisite Design Prize
Eye to Eye
Relief, silkscreen, and cut and folded paper, cased in book format
9″ x 9″ x .5″ (closed)
“This piece is about celebrating receiving MFA printmaking. This work is an expansion and continuum of my Thesis show titled Tajtania. I am Slovak but has been living in the U.S. For past 15 yrs. I often include architecture and architectural elements to create a new environment. It is my exploration of living in different culture and finding a balance between different worlds. The images are a composite of memories that I want to retain and revisit in my imagination from places that I visited in Europe and the US. And why Tajtania? It is derived from my first name, and its language, while readable by English speakers reflects conventions of Slovak.”
(Clara)ly You Didn’t Hear Me the First Time
brush pen & digital
6″ x 12″
“I’m going to use these images for a calendar, so there will eventually be twelve in total. For now, here are the months of January, February, and March. Anyway, 2016 was the year that I met Prof Lieu in person. She taught me so much about art and life in general, and I wanted to share the things I’ve learned from her. (Also, this piece is a warning to future students that Prof Lieu is not as scary as she seems on the first day of class and that she has celebrity crushes just like everyone else)”
Compelling Narrative Prize
12″ x 8″
“I was inspired to draw “Sinking” when I discovered I had thalassophobia, despite my love for ocean life. The scene is from a dream I had, and I felt that my clashing feelings for the ocean reflected the many experiences and emotions I felt in 2016.”
Massive Improvement Prize
12″ x 16″
“My Dad suffered from dementia and died from associated complications this year. At first, changes were slow, but the last few months he rapidly deteriorated. Tried to capture that rapid decline and ultimate death.”
Art Teacher's Prize
“The students in Art 3 Honors are developing their observational and technical skills. They are also experimenting with materials and concepts as they work towards developing their portfolio. While doing some research on portfolio preparation I came across Prof Lieu’s charcoal demonstration and shared her video with the class. We were inspired by her methods and I think the kids benefited from seeing techniques used in a studio and college setting.
We were about to begin a mixed media skeletal study when I came across the January Art Dare and shared it with the class. The students were receptive to the idea and I was reminded of the importance of letting them use their story and personal experiences in their art work. We began by using Prof Lieu’s brainstorming technique and the kids wrote about the events of the past year. They were not limited to a theme but were encouraged to think about the impactful moments in their life in 2016.
The student were able to experiment with printmaking, painting, drawing and painting and then decided what materials to use to share their story. Many of the students worked with cardboard as a surface for the first time and that led to more discovery of materials. They would ask each other for input,and I would support their ideas and offer suggestions on technique and materials. The students followed up by sharing their thoughts about their 2016. They have so much going on in their lives and their junior and senior years come with a lot of pressure; they are stressed about SAT’s, grades, college and friends.
This prompt really gave them the opportunity to tune into themselves and share their story. Thank you for the opportunity to let them shine.”