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ACHS welding students win art award at Corvette Museum
The work submitted by four ACHS welding students, Zachary Smith, Anthony Gardener, Jacob Sneed, and Hunter Philpott took one of the awards given out at the exhibit's opening in October.
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The National Corvette Museum located in Bowling Green Kentucky is the place to go for sharp hot rods, the newest Corvettes rolling off the assembly line, and classic Corvette favorites.
Currently, the museum is hosting a new type of exhibit, an art exhibit. The exhibit is made up of one-of-a-kind artworks created especially for this show. Every piece in the exhibit is made up of car parts; hence the name, "Car Part Art Exhibit."
Professional artists from around the nation submitted designs for inclusion to the show. The curator of the exhibit, Andee Rudloff, is a Bowling Green native, artist, and advocate for the fine arts in Kentucky.
While procuring artwork for the exhibition Andee saw an opportunity to get our Kentucky students involved. She reached out to local South Central Kentucky art teachers with an opportunity for their students to submit artworks for the show within a "Junior Division." Ms. Davenport, art teacher at Adair County High School, jumped at the chance to showcase Adair County students' talents.
She not only included her art students, but also saw a chance to engage the students within the welding program under Mr. Barney Taylor.
Five artworks were submitted from our Adair County High School students: three from the art department and two from the welding department.
Tyler McKinney, senior at Adair County, created a piece independently at home using over 100 small parts and incorporated a working clock.
Jacob Absher, 11th grader, also created a piece independently. Absher's artwork is a galaxy painting done with spray paint on a fabric hood liner.
Ms. Davenport's Advanced Art class collaborated on the third piece which utilized the same type of carbon fiber hood liner for a Corvette. The collaborative artwork was sculptural using packing tape to create a human figure; it is entitled "The Vette Master."
Todd Davenport, husband of Ms. Cayce Davenport, collaborated alongside his wife with Mr. Taylor's students to create the last two artworks. Cayce and Todd Davenport are both artists specializing in metal art, some of which can be found around Columbia.
The welding students were able to apply their skills in a very unique way. Students Zachary Smith, Anthony Gardener, Jacob Sneed, and Hunter Philpott came together with Mr. and Mrs. Davenport to make two incredibly unique artworks. "The Vette Fly" and "V8 Birdbath" were the results of that collaboration.
Most of the car parts they used were donated by Paul Carter, co-owner of PJ Cycles. "A big thank you to Paul Carter for the generous donation. Some of the parts were actual Corvette parts," says Ms. Davenport.
The work submitted by the four welding students took one of the awards given out at the exhibit's opening in October.
Todd Davenport says, "It was a very unique opportunity to get to work with Mr. Taylor's students. I thank him for letting Cayce and I come work with them. He's taught them very well. I think they were all surprised to see how that invaluable skill can be applied in the art world."
Ms. Davenport concludes, "I'm so very proud of our students! They are what make our district shine. We really do have the best kids with great ideas and bright futures! I look forward to more opportunities to brag on our students' work."
A special thanks to Robin Loy, College and Career Counselor of the district for helping to organize the trip for the students to see the exhibit. As well as to Mr. Ellison with the Lake Cumberland Corvette Club for sponsoring the trip. All students who attended the trip to the National Corvette Museum, both welding and art, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
This was a first for the museum and the exhibit's success guarantees future exhibits of this kind. The "Car Part Art Exhibit" runs through January 8th, 2016.
Be sure to visit the National Corvette Museum to see all the artworks from our Adair County Students.
They make our district proud!
- Cayce Davenport
This story was posted on 2015-11-06 06:54:40
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