The three-juror panel for the Hyde Collection’s annual High School Juried Show all noted the increase in photography submissions this year – and how impressive all the artwork was, undoubtedly making their jobs difficult.
However, the artwork has been selected, and patrons can view the work at The Hyde May 4th through the June 2nd. Here’s what the jurors had to say about the 28th year of this dynamic show.
The three jurors this year were Katie Chwazik, an educator and artist; Amy Stevens, a graphic designer and creative director at SUNY Adirondack; and Corey Pitkin, a renowned regional artist, instructor, and information technology specialist.
This year, the jurors saw a large focus on photography, and all found the submissions to be outstanding overall. Chwazik noted a particular photograph that was not ultimately selected that moved her the most, a photo of a gun control rally outside Empire State Plaza.
“There were some technical and compositional issues that needed to be worked out, but it seemed like that student had that ‘light bulb’ moment, when he or she said, ‘Hey, this is why this matters,'” Chwazki said in a statement.
The jurors found that the semifinalists stood out because their art surpassed completing a school assignment.
“A few went above and beyond and had an opinion, were unique and put themselves in the work,” Stevens said in a statement.
The Hyde’s High School Juried Show has become the gold standard for many regional high school art students, with many working on their pieces throughout the year. Students from 19 area school districts submitted over 600 works.
Make sure you stop to see what our area high schoolers came up with this year starting on May 4th at The Hyde!