The Storm King School campus is usually bustling with activity this time of year. Students and faculty are normally out and about, enjoying the spring weather, and recognizing the works of our talented student-artists at the School’s annual Spring Arts Weekend. This spring has been far from normal due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this hasn’t stopped our community from celebrating the arts and recognizing our students in real Storm King fashion.
Staying true to the date of the live event, Storm King’s 2020 Spring Arts Weekend kicked off with a bang at 4:00 pm on Friday, April 24, when the Student Art Show went live on the School’s website and social media channels. Positive feedback from the community came in almost immediately and the new, virtual format for the show was a great success.
Visual Arts Chair John Carruthers was very pleased with the online show and the reaction of the community: “This new, virtual format proved to be an excellent way to highlight each student and their works individually. Colors and details really pop on screen and the format allows the viewer to take their time and savor each piece. I actually want to continue using this platform in the future to supplement our live art show.”
Mr. Carruthers was also very happy to announce this year’s art award recipients which included Anna Volkova ’22 for Best Painting, Igor Klimtsov ’20 for Best Drawing, Flora Cai ’21 for Best Digital, Jasmine Tian ’20 for Most Creative, and Dorothy Mao ’20 for Best in Show.
In addition to the Student Art Show, other key components of our Spring Arts Weekend include Storm King’s Annual Poetry Festival featuring works from Storm King students and other independent schools in the region; a spring dance recital, and a spring music recital. Mr. Carruthers and other department chairs have teamed up to find the best and most creative ways to hold these events virtually, and the community will be treated to several more online events to be launched in the coming weeks.
Many thanks to the department chairs, faculty, and staff who are helping to make this year’s extended Virtual Arts Weekend a success, and congratulations to all of our talented student-artists, poets, dancers, singers, and musicians who have worked hard all year under difficult circumstances to create such wonderful work.
To view our 2020 Virtual Student Art Show click here: