TYNGSBORO — Two juniors at the Academy of Notre Dame participated in the recent Art All-State 2018 program at UMass Dartmouth.
Annabelle Fandozzi and Taylor Martineau are two of only 145 students from across the state to be accepted in the highly competitive program. The rigorous selection process includes portfolio reviews, written artist statements, letters of recommendation, and an interview by a panel of three art professionals.
“When I read the email, I was so excited I ran to my mom for a hug,” Taylor said of finding out that she was accepted.
Annabelle said she was “absolutely ecstatic” when she heard the news that she and her classmate would both be attending the program.
Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association and UMass Dartmouth, Art All-State is an intense, two-day program that brings together high-school juniors of exceptional artistic potential and commitment to work with practicing artists to create collaborative installations. The program is designed by prominent art teachers to provide students with an understanding of art-related careers and direct knowledge of contemporary art forms.
The two-day program included personal tours of New Bedford galleries, led by practicing artists, to view and discuss specially selected inspiration pieces.
Annabelle and Taylor worked in separate groups and helped to develop and create incredible collaborative art installations based on themes derived from group discussions.
All groups worked with recyclable materials to create installations that focused on community and environmental protection.