Visual Arts Year in Review

  • Photo shoot with Guest Artist Photographer Brian Burkhardt

  • Photo shoot with Guest Artist Photographer Brian Burkhardt

  • Senior Thesis Presentations

  • Senior Thesis Presentations

  • Trip to NYC

  • Discussion with Guest Artist Sangram Majumdar

Mindy Zacher Ronayne
May 18, 2015

Celebrating Successes

With the end of the school year approaching, it is important to take time to reflect upon and celebrate the successes of our students in the Visual Arts department.  From the four outstanding thesis shows, to the off-campus opportunities students experienced this semester, to the small every day achievements in the various arts studios, our students have much to be proud of.

The most recent exciting news within the department is the announcement that senior Oonagh Davis is a 2015 Presidential Scholar in the Arts.  Oonagh is the first Visual Arts student to receive this award at Interlochen since 1983!  This year there are a total of 141 Presidential Scholars nationwide (in all areas, both academic and arts related).   Notably, Oonagh is also the first student to ever be named a Presidential Scholar in Design Arts, a new category this year.  Congratulations!

We also had several National Scholastic Award winners this year, including Gold Medal awards for Suwan Kim, Ingrid Matison, George Spica, and Ryan Yale as well as Silver Medal awards for Oonagh Davis, Suwan Kim, Veronika Kostyuk, Hannah Mills, George Spica, Ryan Treadwell, and Ryan Yale.

Finally, we had several students recognized at the national level for YoungArts awards this past fall.  Finalists included Catalina Gonzalez, Su Wan Kim, Hannah Mills, Seyedalimohammad “Illya” Mousavijad, George Spica, and Ryan Yale; Madison Brownson received an Honorable Mention; and Merit awards were received by Zhuoyi Chen, Danielle Dinstman, Rachel Elfezouaty, Ingrid Matison, Anela Oh, Duairak Padungvichean, Doyun Park, and Ryan Treadwell.

Students were also able to work with several Guest Artists this year, including Theodora Plas, Sangram Majumdar, Brian Burkhardt, and collaborators Rita Crocker and Tracy Thomason. These visiting artists were each featured in a gallery exhibition, and each taught a workshop allowing the students to explore new ideas and working methods.  The department also hosted two Artists-in-Residence this year: Cathy Lu in Ceramics and Brian Schorn in Digital Arts and Photography.

In the fall, the Visual Arts students and faculty also had the opportunity to spend five days in New York City together.  During this trip students were able to tour college campuses and schedule interviews and portfolio reviews for admission.  Between these campus visits, faculty and students also visited several world-renowned museums and galleries to take advantage of the vibrant visual culture New York City.

As the year comes to a close, we will prepare for the large final Festival Exhibition, which will showcase work from all Visual Arts students.  This show will open on Thursday, May 28th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm and includes live music and refreshments.  The show will remain on display through the beginning of Interlochen Arts Camp.

As the year comes to a close, we are proud of the accomplishments of our seniors as they prepare to begin their college careers at a variety of prestigious institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Steinhardt School at NYU, Central Saint Martins in London, Kendall College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, Cornell University, Scripps College, Bard College, Vassar College, and Sarah Lawrence College.  We wish these graduating seniors all the best in their future endeavors, and also look forward to welcoming the underclassmen back in the fall!  Happy summer!