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“Cosmic Creations: Artists Explore the Cosmos” Opens in the Spirtas Gallery Nov. 14

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Kelly Zhang
Student artwork is displayed in the Spirtas Gallery as a part of the new exhibition, “Cosmic Creations: Artists Explore the Cosmos.” During the big renovation in 2018, Raedeke requested for a student gallery to be built in a place that is centrally located within the school. “It thought it would be a great opportunity for students to showcase their work so that everybody could see it,” Raedeke said. “It wasn’t just tucked away in some corner [that] nobody goes in.”

The student art exhibition, “Cosmic Creations: Artists Explore the Cosmos,” opened in the Spirtas Gallery Nov. 14 and will run until the end of the semester.

Centering around the concept of outer space, the show features a variety of sculptures, ceramics, drawings, paintings, photos and models. Daniel Raedeke, AP studio art and painting teacher, works with the art department to program and plan the student galleries each year. 

“[The space theme] came about from a brainstorm session that [Mr. Robbins] had in his class and from a project that they’re doing in sculpture,” Raedeke said. “Mr. Robbins curated it so there are primarily clay objects in this show.”

Created using a mix of clay, paper and digital models, many of the pieces include space themed objects such as planets, stars, aliens and spaceships. 

“My sculpture consists of a galaxy shaped whale with planets and stars on it,” senior Rachel Tang said. “I put a lot of time and effort into this piece so I’m glad that other people can see and appreciate it.”

The art department teachers typically plan around six art exhibitions per school year, focusing on specific themes or classes such as the annual senior art show and the AP studio art showcase.

“The gallery is the equivalent of the performance space for visual artists,” Mr. Raedeke said. “Performance artists and musicians get to be on stage and share their performance with an audience, so this is a way for [visual artists] to share their work.”

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