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Columbia students at Siena College's MLK Art Exhibit

Columbia students with art teacher Andrea Neiman at Siena College’s MLK Art Exhibit.

Columbia and Green Meadow students used their artistic skills to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month. Their work was displayed at Siena College’s 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series on Race and Nonviolent Social Change.

Each year, the art invitational has a theme based upon a quote that relates to Dr. King’s vision. This year’s quote came from Dr. King himself: “We may have all come on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now.”

Two Green Meadow students, Edward Barreto Perez and Jaiden Somers, created choice-based collages to celebrate Dr. King.

“Edward and Jaiden’s work shined with their choices of color, their craftsmanship, and use of collage,” said Green Meadow art teacher Karli Powers. “I am so proud of both students and look forward to having more students participate in the future.”

The Studio Art class participants from Columbia High School were inspired by the cut, black paper, silhouettes of artist Kara Walker. Students researched a human rights, animal rights or environmental problem of their choice and then illustrated the solution to that problem in an effort to raise awareness in the community. Student work selected for the exhibit portrayed themes of peace, justice, compassion and diversity to best illustrate the Dr. King quote mentioned above.

Columbia High School Student participants included:

  • Jaxon Armstrong
  • Caleb Brady
  • Heather Cooper
  • Isabella Dupont
  • Madeline Ingoldsby
  • Cora Janzow-Roden
  • Katelyn Martin
  • Noah Printup
  • Bailey Tator
  • Angel Vumbaco
  • Mahyrah York
Art teacher Karli Powers and Edward Barreto Perez

Green Meadow art teacher Karli Powers with Edward Barreto Perez.

Jaiden Somers with artwork

Green Meadow student Jaiden Somers.

Columbia artwork