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FHS AP Art Students Honored at “2005 Young Masters Invitational Exhibition” at DMA

Senior FHS AP Studio Art students Tracey StaffordWhat is it like to have your work hang in one of the most renown museums in the country while you are still in high school? Senior FHS AP Studio Art students Tracey Stafford and Jesse Vaughn recently received this honor as selected exhibitors in the “2005 Young Masters Invitational Exhibition” at the Dallas Museum of Art’s FINA Gallery during March 6th-April 10th.

The Dallas Museum of Art, Advanced Placement Strategies, Inc., and the O’Donnell Foundation announced the winners after jurors deliberated for hours over 375 entries from outstanding AP Art Programs in the Dallas metroplex to select 36 student works from 14 high schools and 20 teachers. Tracey’s oil self-portrait called “Introspective” and Jesse’s computer graphic design titled “It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense” were among the selected works.

Senior FHS AP Studio Art students Jesse VaughnTracey, Jesse and teacher June Waggener were honored at a reception and awards ceremony at the DMA on the evening of Tuesday, April 5th. Tracey’s mother, Charlotte Stafford and Jesse’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Vaughn also attended the event.

In his judge’s statement, artist Paul Booker, noted that the artwork in the exhibit “shows a very sophisticated ability to approach a simple and direct idea with the creativity and skill necessary to convey that idea in an interesting manner”. He continued by saying that “this sophistication reflects a level of teaching that encourages the development of technical skills and also educated through exposure to ideas in the visual arts”. Both Tracey and Jesse plan to pursue art as a career.