WEST ORANGE, NJ – The newest show by the West Orange Arts Center (WOAC) features rising stars of the township's arts community.
The West Orange High School Virtual Exhibit at WOArts.org, part of a partnership with the Visual and Performing Arts Program at West Orange High School, includes the work of the Advanced Placement Studio Art juniors and seniors. Senior artists include Brandon Andrade, Olivia Callender, Ruth  Donagher, Tricia Garchitorena, Christina Gilio-Malabre, Cassidy Joyce, Jason Latchman and Jack Mault.

To participate in AP Studio Art, students are required to complete a one-semester foundation course in studio art before moving on to advanced studies such as advanced drawing, design, painting, graphics and sculpture. After completing these advanced courses, juniors and seniors may enroll and can produce portfolios for college admission and earn up to six advanced placement college credits.

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The virtual exhibit includes images of the work along with artist's statements and take the opportunity to provide feedback to the students.

The show was installed in March by the students, and, shortly after the WOAC closed, its programming was adjusted until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. WOAC vice chair Carol Black-Lemon and Advanced Placement studio art teacher Heather Young worked to assemble the virtual exhibit experience.

"Even though we are closed to the public, we wanted to continue our mission to aspire and support the arts in our community, and what better way to do that then by acknowledging these talented young artists," Black-Lemon said. "Although the students did not get their big reception, in light of the situation, this is a very exciting alternative."

This is the fourth year the show is being coordinated by WOAC board members Lisa Suss and Frank Niccoletti.

WOAC is developing additional virtual opportunities to stay connected and keep the arts alive. The WOAC recently partnered with the West Orange Environmental Commission and Open Space Commission and coordinated with Councilwoman Susan McCartney to "Celebrate Earth Day, the Social Distancing Way" with an Art In Nature community photography campaign. The work is on view on Facebook.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  

For more information, visit www.woarts.org