On January 28th, 2018 Columbia High School art and photography students Shaine Hammarberg and Jonathan Dalce each exhibited an original art piece, along side other art students throughout New Jersey, at the Thirtieth Annual Emerging Artists High School Art Exhibition. Shaine Hammarberg’s art work entitled “Raged Butterflies” is crafted in charcoal and colored pencil. Jonathan Dalce’s silver print photograph entitled “Photogram” is a photographic image made without a camera using photosensitive materials to capture images of various objects at different time exposures.
Columbia High School Art Educators Jon Fisher (Photography) and B. Curtis Grayson, III (Visual Art) and SOMSD’s Fine Arts Supervisor James A. Manno also attended the event.
Each year, Kean’s Department of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Art Administrators of New Jersey (AANJ), hosts the annual Emerging Artists Exhibition in the Howe Gallery. The event recognizes the outstanding artistic talents of New Jersey’s high school students in the area of visual arts and heightens public awareness of art education programs in the state.
Established in 1988 by AANJ, Emerging Artists is designed to foster better art education in our schools, provide recognition for outstanding artistic achievement, and develop an understanding of and appreciation and support for art education. The event also strengthens the existing relationship between Kean and New Jersey school districts.
Nearly 200 attendees, comprised of high school students, families, teachers, administrators and policy makers, joined in celebrating the young men and women at the awards ceremony.