Drawn Up

Christine Owusu-ampaw, Hidden Puzzles, 2017
  • Artists:
    Safaa Ali
    Aaliyah Alfred
    Jose Alvarez
    Raven Anderson
    Dylan Aristide, Sejgi Fezo, Carmen Lee, Jonathan Lin, Qi Ling Huan, and Tiffany Watson
    Malik Braswell
    Kimberly Rios Bravo
    Caralyza Carter
    Erica Cisneros
    Samiya Huntt Davis
    Miguel Gonzalez
    Elsa Guzman
    James Kagel
    Katherine Kagel
    Rayna Ledgister
    Star Aja Livingston
    Jason Maldonado
    Spencer Miller
    Ariadys Morillo
    Christine Owusu-ampaw
    Raisa Ratri
    Dandara Rimbaud
    Sarah Rodbell
    Yaileen Vivar Santos
    Qing Qing Ruan
    Hayley Sanchez
    Tiffany Watson
    Jessica Ye
    Min Zu
Recognizing the critical role of arts education in the development of creativity across subjects, apexart is devoting its next exhibition to the work of New York City high school students. Assembled from arts programs across the city, the drawings, paintings, and sculptures in this show attest to the expressivity that follows from the assertion of spaces for creative learning. Following a dismal report from the New York City Comptroller in 2014 that described arts in New York City schools as “inequitable and underfunded,” the City of New York has allocated $23 million annually to improve access to the arts in grades K-12 citywide. Measurable strides have been made in recent years, and yet despite the recent and unexpected congressional defense of the National Endowment for the Arts, which includes funds for arts education, support for the arts remains under long-term threat. With this exhibition, apexart underscores the crucial value of arts education—not just in schools across the city—but throughout the United States.

Special thanks to teachers and administrators: Ingrid Butterer at Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music, Art & Performing Arts (Manhattan); Franchesca De Los Santos at New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science (Bronx); James Giardina at Humanities and the Arts Magnet High School (Queens); Ben Russell at The High School of Fashion Industries (Manhattan); Natalie Trainor at P.S. 371 Lillian L. Rashkis School (Brooklyn); Sara Wenger at South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School (Bronx); Alex Whedbee at Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School (Brooklyn); Amy Salomon-Kohn at Mary McDowell Friends School (Brooklyn). Extra special thanks to Jackie Du for making the initial introduction to many of the participating art teachers.



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James Kagel, Fashion Icon: Ricky from Trailer Park Boys, 2018, Installation view.

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Yaileen Vivar Santos, Fashion Designs Zine, 2018, Installation view.

Brochure Images

Aaliyah Alfred, Old/young reflection, 2018, Paint and oil pastel, 24 x 18 in
 

Safaa Ali, Untitled, 2017, Graphite pencil and color pencil, 12 x 18 in
 

Jose Alvarez, The Final Frontier, 2018, Color pencil and Sharpie on paper, 12 x 18 in
 

Raven Anderson, Tropical, 2018, Graphite and colored pencil on paper, 12.5 x 10 in
 

Malik Braswell, The Gusto Show, 2018, Mixed Media Collage-paper, colored pencil, 12 x 18 in
 

Kimberly Rios Bravo, Flower Road, 2017, Color Pencil, 12 x 17 in
 

Caralyza Carter, Chasing Demons, 2017, Mixed media, oil pastel, color pencil, 24 x 36 in
 

Erica Cisneros, Two of Me, 2017, Digital print, 13 x 19 in
 

Samiya Huntt Davis, Unseen, 2017, Chalk pastel, 18 x 24 in
 

Miguel Gonzalez, Untitled, 2017, Color Pencil on Paper, 14 x 11 in
 

Elsa Guzman, Lichtenstein reimagined, 2018, Mixed media, colored pencils, oil pastels, markers, 24 x 36 in

James Kagel, Fashion Icon: Ricky from Trailer Park Boys, 2018, Terra cotta, 9 x 9 in
 

Katherine Kagel, Kate, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in
 

Rayna Ledgister, Love Yourself, 2018, Pastels, 24 x 18 in
 

Jonathan Lin, Qi Ling Huan, Carmen Lee, Tiffany Watson, Dylan Aristide, Sejgi Fezo, House paint and acrylic on paper, 2018, Paint and pastels, 35 x 25 in

Star Aja Livingston, Lewis Colley, 2018, Graphite and colored pencil on paper, 12 x 9 in
 

Jason Maldonado, Jason's Life Collage: Bling Bling, 2018, Mixed media collage, 18 x 12 in
 

Spencer Miller, Splat, 2017, Tempera Paint on canvas, 12 x 14.5 in
 

Ariadys Morillo, Raizes de Los Recuerdos, 2017, Pencil on Bristol Paper, 24 x 17 in
 

Christine Owusu-ampaw, Hidden Puzzles, 2017, Collage, 12 x 9 in
 

Raisa Ratri, Escaping Reality, 2017, Acrylic on Brisol Paper, 22 x 26 in
 

Dandara Rimbaud, Coil Construction, 2016, Ceramic, 6 x 24 in
 

Sarah Rodbell, #NeverAgain, 2018, Digital photograph, digital print, 13 x 19 in
 

Qing Qing Ruan, Painting based on Fragmented Images, 2016, Tempera paint, 24 x 26 in
 

Hayley Sanchez, Terracotta Coil Vessel, 2017, Ceramic, 9 x 10 in
 

Yaileen Vivar Santos, Fashion Designs Zine, 2018, Color pencil and sharpie, 4.5 x 5 in
 

Tiffany Watson, Emoji x Pop Art, 2018, House paint, acrylic, and marker on paper, 18 x 24 in
 

Jessica Ye, My Morning Experience, 2018, Tempera paint, 11 x 14 in
 

Min Zu, Radical, 2017, Watercolor, 12 x 18 in

 

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.