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Published on August 20th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Chapin High School art students land pieces in Columbia Museum of Art exhibition

CHAPIN- Eight students at Chapin High School were honored by the Columbia Museum of Art for their artwork.  A total of fifteen pieces of art from these students will be part of the 2016 South Carolina Faces and Places Photography Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at the museum in the Wells Fargo Education Gallery from September 1 through September 30. The students included are: Nicole Whitlock, Kylie Ward, Eva Slagle, Jessica Rennhack, Jordan Raymond, Rebekah Parris, Mahala Melton and Camerin Aull.

“I am so proud of this group of students and their dedication to developing their own personal voices through photography,” Visual Art Teacher at Chapin High School Stephanie Shank said. “They amaze me with every assignment they complete and being able to share their talent with the community is truly a rewarding experience.”

South Carolina Faces and Places was created to capture the beauty of South Carolina with images of its people and places. After a month long stint in the Columbia Museum of Art, the exhibition will then hit the road to Washington, D.C. to be installed in Senator Lindsay Graham’s Capitol Hill offices for the sixth consecutive year. The works of art will be on view for approximately one year and will be seen by over 7,000 people.

Slagle, an 11th grader at Chapin High was blown away when she was notified her artwork would be on display saying, “I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of myself than when I received an email from the Columbia Museum of Art congratulating me on a photograph that will hang in their collection. I also don’t think I’ve ever been more thankful or appreciative of something a teacher has done for me. Mrs. Shank’s photography class has taught me professionalism despite age through creating a portfolio and submitting my work in various competitions.”

When asked about the students’ selections into the exhibition, Chapin High School Principal Dr. Akil Ross was overjoyed saying, “I couldn’t be more proud of Mrs. Shank and these students. It is so important to help students find their voice and give them the tools they need for lifelong success. Mrs. Shank has done just that and the students really made the most of the opportunity.”

A send-off reception for all student artists in the exhibition, their families and teachers will be held on Sunday, September 25 at 3 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art. The first, second and third place winners will also be announced during the program.


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