SUMMIT, NJ - A photo -- entitled "I'm Not a Terrorist" -- taken by Summit resident and Oak Knoll School Class of 2017 student Caroline Westdyk, is currently being featured in the Morris Museum’s Fresh Perspectives juried exhibit.
Jennifer Breitenstein, Oak Knoll’s Upper School photography teacher, said Westdyk’s inspiring photo grew out of a long-term project she created in class.
“She explored the idea that ‘they’re both me’ in dealing with dualities within ourselves, and similar human qualities we all share despite our cultural and religious differences,” said Breitenstein. “By collaborating with a Muslim friend and using a mirror to allow representation of a social stereotype facing the humanity of each individual, Caroline made a strong artistic statement.”
Westdyk earned an Honorable Mention for the photo at the regional level of the Scholastic Arts competition in February.
The Fresh Perspectives exhibit began in 1989 and was created to give “artistically-accomplished high school students a professionally-organized museum exhibition experience,” while also recognizing their teachers for encouraging student talent, according to the museum’s website.
The exhibit began with an opening reception and awards ceremony April 7 and will be open through May 26.