2015 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

2015 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition


Can you imagine showing a piece of your art as a fifth grader at a professional gallery? All 47 Forsyth School Grade 5 students shared their artwork with their families on Tuesday night, Dec 15, 2015 at the William Shearburn Gallery at an exhibition entitled “It’s a Small World.”

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Forsyth fifth graders worked with St. Louis artist Carrie Becker, Forsyth’s 2015 Nicholas Aaron Aitken Artist-in-Residence, to create shoebox dioramas with miniature, handmade accessories, which Becker then professionally photographed. The photos were enlarged, mounted and hung at the gallery. Some students also had their dioramas displayed at the gallery so guests could see the level of creativity and attention to detail required to make their scenes lifelike.

At the reception, Head of School Mike Vachow thanked Bart and Tamara Aiken who established the Nicholas Aaron Aitken Artist-in-Residence Program five years ago in loving memory of their son, Nick, FS ’04. This endowed fund pays annually for a visiting artist to work with fifth graders over a concentrated period of time to enrich students’ experience and knowledge of the arts. The Aitkens were especially impressed by our students’ artwork and loved seeing the progression of their pieces from empty shoebox to still life photos.

Special thanks to the William Shearburn Gallery for hosting this event. Every year, Forsyth School art teacher Ellen DeFilippo works to ensure that the artist-in-residence program is a success, and this year was no exception. Our appreciation, as well, to the Nicholas Aaron Aitken Artist-in-Residence committee: Tamara and Bart Aitken, Ellen DeFilippo, Lisa Forsyth, Terri Goslin-Jones, Nancy Kranzberg, Ellen Pace, William Shearburn, Mary Ann Srenco, Head of School Mike Vachow, and Director of Development Erica Axelbaum.  Each artist-in-residence provides unique studio art opportunities for Forsyth fifth graders. Carrie Becker’s project was challenging, engaging, and on target for fifth graders. Finally, our deepest gratitude to the Aitken family for this exceptional studio art opportunity.


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