Upper Moreland student wins art award
Upper Moreland High School senior Deanna Black channeled her fears and Dn[LHWLHs LnWR KHU fiUsW PL[HG media painting and, for her efforts, won The Best 2D Mixed Media category at the 26th annual Pennsylvania State Education Association’s Touch the Future student art exhibit.
“It’s a glimpse of the feeling of dread that you get from uncertainty,” Black said. “[Winning] was very unexpected. When I won, I was really surprised … Seeing something personal [win] meant a lot to me.”
Black said this school year was the first time she’d attempted mixed media art and that “Fear of the Unknown” was her first piece. And while she has completed other pieces now, it remains one of her favorites.
“I thought the message was interesting,” Black said. “I really like the way it turned out … It was a personal part of me that I put on canvas. It’s like my child.”
Since winning the award, Black said she has been encouraged to go forward with her art, especially mixed media, which she originally dabbled in as an experiment.
“It definitely motivates me to keep painting,” Black said. “Obviously someone liked it enough to pick it.”
Black said she has been participating in art classes since childhood but, even as a toddler, was more in tune with drawing and the arts than many of her peers. She said her first “scholastic art class” was when she entered high school and increased her interest in the different styles.
“I really enjoy expressing myself through art,” Black said, “and connecting with people through the pieces I make.”
Once she graduates in June, Black plans to attend hutztown University as a communications design major. She was accepted on the spot by hutztown during National Portfolio Day in New vork last November.
Black’s work was exhibited at Arcadia University in Glenside from Feb. 15 to March 14, along with 300 pieces of artwork done by students in 27 school districts around Bucks and Montgomery counties.