Incline High student art featured at UNR exhibit
Old record albums, pvc pipe, plastic bottles and bottle caps are just a few of the recycled materials students used to make art for UNR’s “Reused + Recycled = Art” exhibition
Incline High School art students along with several Washoe County schools, local professional artists, and university art students submitted art in June with hopes of being accepted in this juried art show where all of the works had to be made of at least 80 percent recycled materials.
“Reused + Recycled = Art” exhibit is a part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s “Summer of Sustainability” theme which featured events throughout the summer and continues through the month of September in order to highlight the university’s conservation efforts supported by a $951,000 sustainability grant.
Incline High art students whose work was accepted to be in the exhibit are: Ruby Feidus, Bridgette Johnson, Mia Severance, Hadyne Schuft, Chloe Whatmore, Marta Krussell and Olivia Buchewicz, and graduates Makayla Jones, and Jake Ott.
Included in the exhibition is Incline High art class collaborative painting of Beethoven created on 80 record albums, and beautiful flowers made from melted lp’s, assembled on pvc pipe scraps installed in used paint cans.
Also featured in the art show is “The Plastic Footprint Project” sculpture, created by Incline High students last summer, a large foot made of single-use water bottles stepping on the Earth, leaving a large footprint (www.Facebook.com/PlasticFootprintProject).
“The doors of UNR’s Knowledge Center had to be removed in order to get the massive sculpture inside the building. This is the first time our sculpture has been exhibited indoors and it looks great,” said IHS art teacher Ann Clark. “It’s getting a lot of attention and helping raise awareness in a big way at this UNR venue.”
Exhibited along with the student work and a highlight of the show is Bonnie Monteleone’s installation “What Goes Around, Comes Around” representing “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Japanese artist Hokusai.
Monteleone, artist and marine debris research scientist from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, drove her art installation across the country to be a part of the UNR exhibit to continue her efforts to raise awareness about the conditions of our oceans and its effects on marine and animal life (www.PlasticOceanProject.org).
Five canvases and a 3-D sculpture of a wave were made from found objects and plastic she collected from ocean voyages where a sampling device was dragged behind the ship collecting particulates.
The community is invited to enjoy our students’ art work and Monteleone’s installation any time before the end of September. In addition, as a part of the art exhibit and UNR’s “Summer of Sustainability” there will be a presentation and panel discussion with speaker Beth Terry, author of “Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too,” this Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., at the UNR Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.
For more information and to see IHS art students creating their art see http://summerofsustainabilitynv.wordpress.com/.
This article was submitted to the Bonanza by the IHS Art Department.