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CHS students at Norman Rockwell museum

Columbia students with Studio Art teacher Miss Neiman at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

Eighteen Columbia High School students enrolled in Studio Art submitted original artwork to the 2018 Reimagining the Four Freedoms Student Exhibition held at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

The exhibition commemorated former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union speech, in which he believed every American was entitled to Four Freedoms. Norman Rockwell, a 20th-century American painter and illustrator duplicated these Four Freedoms in a poster series. To honor the 75th anniversary of this poster series, students were asked to create a work of their own which reimagines what the Four Freedoms might be in 2018.

Student work selected for the exhibit portrayed themes such as Freedom from Bullying, Freedom of Self-Expression, Freedom from Environmental Destruction, Freedom from Violence and Freedom from Censorship.

“Our students were inspired by the high contrast, cut, black paper, silhouettes of artist Kara Walker,” said Columbia art teacher Andrea Neiman. “I am so proud of the work they created.”

Student participants included:

  • Jaxon Armstrong
  • Katharine Asenbauer
  • Carolyn Berry
  • Alexis Bulan
  • Emily Casatelli
  • Anthony Cozzy
  • Emily Domalewicz
  • Lily Donahue
  • Catherine Fleming
  • Aryonna Hansen
  • Ava Johnson
  • Katelyn Martin
  • Nickolas Moscatiello
  • Devin Nesbeth
  • Grabrielle Stringer
  • Bailey Tator
  • Sophia Venable
  • John Paul Villa

The exhibition included more than 100 works from seven Capital Region school districts. It was held in conjunction with National Youth Art Month and was sponsored by the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Capital Area Art Supervisors (CAAS), Region 6 and the New York State Art Teacher’s Association (NYSATA).

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