Up­per Moreland stu­dent wins art award

Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns


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.

: En­joy wine tast­ing courtesy of Car­di­nal Hol­low Win­ery, mas­sages courtesy of Cortiva In­sti­tute, fa­cials by Mary Kay, mu­sic by the School of Rock, prizes and much more.

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