Artwork by Dana Chesser, a 2018 graduate of Century High School, was selected to be part of the National Art Education exhibition in Alexandria, Virginia. Her work was one of sixty-six selected for the show out of 1,160 submissions nationwide. The exhibit will be on display through September 21, 2018.
Representatives from the following member schools of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) participated as jurors: The University of the Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art; Laguna College of Art + Design; Parsons School of Design, The New School; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Minneapolis College of Art and Design; San Francisco Art Institute; Maryland Institute College of Art; Pennsylvania College of Art & Design; College for Creative Studies; Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts; and Kansas City Art Institute.
According to Century art teacher Frank Reaver, “Dana is one of the most technically talented students I have had the pleasure of teaching. I have had few students with the ability to master a new material so quickly and create images as well as Dana. Watching students like her develop as a person and artist is the most rewarding part of teaching visual art.”
Over the past four years, Chesser has participated in mission trips that served communities across the nation in areas such as New Orleans and Logan, West Virginia, by building handicap ramps, painting houses, and leading youth clubs. She experienced her first international mission trip last year in Managua, Nicaragua. She took the inspiration for her AP Studio Concentration from her trip to Gutierrez Norte, a rundown village in Nicaragua.
This summer Chesser will be heading to the Adirondack mountains to serve a small community alongside her youth group. In the fall, she will be attending Liberty University with a major in Youth Ministry and a minor in Global Studies. She would like to become a youth pastor, working with non-profit organizations to further her mission work.