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Annual Juried Exhibitions

The Fourth Annual Juried Show was a great success. Many beautiful pieces were chosen for the exhibit by this year's judge, Chris Hickey, Professor of Art at Clark-Atlanta University. Martin Dawe, an Atlanta sculptor, will judge the 3-D work. A reception was held in the Visual Arts studio following the awards presentation.

Below are the 3 best in show winners for the Fourth Annual Juried show. Congratulations to all of the best of show and category winners.

The Third Annual Juried Show was held in the spring of 2007. Our juror, JoAnn Paschall chose the 60 pieces of work to be exhibited from over 120 entries. Ms. Paschall also critiqued the winners on the opening night of the exhibition. Artists and family members enjoyed hearing what made each winner special from her point of view. A reception followed in the Visual Art studio. Below are the best of show winners for the show.

Thanks to all our volunteers: Mary Stanley show organization; Patti Kisling slide presentation; Ana Bailie reception; Ana Bailie, Dave Shannahan, Bill Collier, Sue Gallo, Sue Matakis, Tracey LaFreniere and Bill Collier matting and hanging the show.

Best in Show 1st Place - Nicholas Going

Best in Show 2nd Place - Lauren Adams

Best in Show 3rd Place

The Second Annual Juried Show

For the second year running St. Pius X was fortunate enough to have Val Porter (deputy director of Fulton County Arts Council) act as juror to our annual juried show. We are so grateful for the care and time Val Porter took looking at the student work. She did a fantastic job selecting the award winning entries.

Many thanks also go out to the volunteers who took part ferrying the entries to and from The Donellan Center and also matting and hanging the show:

They were:

Mary Stanley (VP for the Visual Arts and visual coordinator of the show)

JoAnne Paschall-Darby (Exhibition Design)

Patti and Alan Kisling, Tracey LaFreniere, Ana Bailie, Mary Ellen Brigham, Trish Carrigan, Henry Darby, Lisa Brutto, Elaine Wilmot, Judy Parris, Noula Kokenes, Charlene Skulany, Allison Smith

Bill Collier (Visual Arts VP for 2006-'07)

Special Thanks to:

Binders Art suppliers and Charlene Skulany (Red Wall Director ) who donated many gifts for the winning entries and, of course all of the students who entered their work and to those students whose work was chosen to be hung in the exhibition.

Best In Show - 1st Place Where Has The Love Gone - Thom Schulte


Best In Show - 1st Place Spring Reindeer - Erin Conboy

Best in Show - 2nd Place Climbing Out - Margy LaFreniere

Entries waiting to be juried in The Donnellan Center

From L to R Mary Stanley VP for The Visual Arts and Exhibition Coordinator, Val Porter Juror and deputy director for the Fulton County Arts Council (in between is Val Porter's little girl)


Mary Stanley announcing the awards in The Young Center Auditorium

Banquet/reception after the ceremony in The Visual Arts room

Aja Snyder in front of Colleen Smith's painting

The Archdiocesean Art Exhibition 2007-2008



Tess Bailie's drawing, "Bottled Mummies" (Seen below) was one of fifty finalists accepted from 450 submissions to the Georgia High School Drawing Competition.
We are very proud of her accomplishments and the rigor she applies to her artwork.

A Visit to the High Museum

The Exploring Painting class took a field trip to see the artwork at the High Museum recently. Here are some photos of the class experiencing the work.


Above: Art Association President, Jennifer Pradhan works the printing press at Dresden Elementary school'sArt Day. In two days six members of the Art Association helped over 70 children create monoprints and had a great time doing it too! Participating students were: Rachel Pruckler, Kristina Templeton, Toria Munoz,Michelle Boltz and Elena Pendergrass and of course the wonderful students at Dresden Elementary, especially two fifth graders, pictured below who were fantastic and tireless helpers.

Field Trips & Competitions

It is the aim of the Visual Arts Department to expose the students in the various classes offered, to a selection what Atlanta has to offer. This year, with the help of Mary Stanley the students in the Advanced classes went to The Museum of Contemporary art and experienced a photography workshop with Atlanta artist Matt Hafner.They also went to see The Andrew Wyeth exhibit 'Memory and Magic'. Both of these experiences enriched their work and it was amazing how the students took on board the photography techniques Matt uses in his paintings.The sculpture class also went to Cherry Lion studios where they were able to learn from the atelier master himself, Martin Dawe. If you did not know this already, Martin Dawe is responsible for the magnificent sculpture of the bronze men carrying the world at the Northern end of Peachteree St. The students were incredibly fortunate to be able to learn from Martin Dawe (his classes are booked solid for the year) and they were delighted at the end of the day with what they had accomplished and learned.The Claywork classes went to the Carlos museum to see at first hand what they had been studying in class.This museum is one of the gems of Atlanta, and houses a fine collection of South American pottery and a fantastic collection of Greek vases. We were also fortunate to have Jo Ann Paschall-Derby come and give a demonstration of the art of bookbinding to the Printmaking class. Having been the Director of NexusPrints here in Atlanta since its inception............her skills were definitely impressive and inspiring.

Advanced Studio and the Advanced Placement class enjoying a break outside the High Museum of Art in Midtown, Atlanta.

Jo Ann Paschall-Derby engages the students in the Printmaking class as she demonstrates how to make and bind a soft cover book. In the background ..Steven Orr graduate of 2005 works on his concentration section for his AP portfolio.

National Competitions

The Scholastic Arts Awards 2006:

Every year St. Pius X has students who are awarded gold or silver keys.This year the award recipients were Megan Kisling (gold Key) Megan Brigham (silver Key) and Danielle Brutto (silver key)

Megan Brigham in front of her silver key award winning pen and ink drawing, Apple transforamtions

Megan Kisling in front of her Gold key winning relief print, Child in The Dark

Danielle Brutto in front of her Silver award winning dyptych painting, Toreador