The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Salpointe Artists Explore Identity

Salpointe Artists Explore Identity

March 6, 2008 – March 9, 2008

Salpointe Catholic High School students explore and interpret the theme of identity as conveyed in the paintings and drawings of artists Laylah Ali and Turner G. Davis, whose work is on view at the Museum through March 23, 2008.

The Education Department organized this exhibition in collaboration with Salpointe Catholic High School art teachers Jo Valandry and Anna Lemnitzer. Ten students were selected through an intensive school-wide “call to artists,” in which students were selected based on private interviews and portfolio reviews.

The selected students toured Laylah Ali: Drawings from the Typology Series and Turner G. Davis: Fantastic Worlds and discussed the meaning, messages, style, and content of the artwork. Each student artist then developed a 2 dimensional work of art exploring the notion of self as it relates to identity.

The exhibition uses diverse media as a means of expressing young artists’ perspectives on personal and social influences that impact and influence self-concept and individual character.

The artists’ personal statements are available as a downloadable Adobe Acrobat file.

Earl Wheatley generously donated framing of the art for the Salpointe student exhibition.