First Art Show of the 2022-2023 School Year

Photos by Ava Cheng.

On September 9th, the first art show of the school year was held in the Gooding Gallery, exhibiting around 35 pieces of varying size and media, most of which were created at the end of the last academic year.

This was the first of around ten shows that occur each year, displaying artwork from students at both the Whitehurst and San Jose campuses. “Every single one of those Whitehurst students shows up because they’re super excited to be featured with the high school students,” said Laura Rippel, the Fine and Performing Arts Head, “we have a good portion of them with their parents. But usually about 80% of our student artists will show up and probably 30% of their parents.”

Each year, ten shows take place including the adjudicated show, the Bolles Visual Showcase Awards, the final show in the second semester. Students put forth their work, which is judged in the categories of 2D, 3D, and photography, before judges from the art community outside Bolles distribute awards for each category and best in show.

It usually takes around two to three hours to set up the pieces, and the art remains hung in the gallery for around a month.
The receptions are held during Activities periods, where viewers are encouraged to survey the artwork and enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries provided by Flik.