Independence Students and Alumni Collaborate on Artistic Showcase

Jul 08, 2020

If your travels should take you through Midland this summer, make sure to stop by the Museum of the Southwest where more than 30 pieces of artwork representing Independence High School students past and present are on display. 

The exhibit is called “Unlocking Potential” and aims to focus on how one art teacher can have a great impact on students. Independence art teacher Leonard Buscemi was asked by the Museum of the Southwest Education Director and former FISD teacher Melissa Rowland to showcase the artwork of his students for a show at the museum. Independence High School’s art program is renowned for sending numerous artworks to the annual state VASE competition.

Buscemi coordinated with current and former students in the show that is currently on display through August 20. He also taught a professional workshop to educators across Texas through the Museum of the Southwest.

“Encouragement and compassion, teamed with teaching each student to their needs and then showcasing their successes, builds a foundation that has limitless potential,” Buscemi said.

The displayed artwork was originally exhibited through VASE, the statewide art competition, and includes everything from sculpture and digital drawing to colored pencil and pastel drawings.

“The Museum of the Southwest is honored to include the high quality works of Frisco ISD's VASE students in the 2020 exhibition rotation schedule,” Rowland said.

Congratulations to these artists whose work is featured in the exhibit:

Joanne Dhanagar, Class of 2021 - Light and Shadows
Shivani Gollapudi, Class of 2020 - An Offering
Wyatt Guidry, Class of 2021 - Modern Femme
Aeryn Hale, Class of 2021 - Life Bringer and Bonded by Blood (2)
Anusha Kashyapa, Class of 2021 - Medha with Golden Jewelry, Rose Tinted Wedding and A Splash of Cerulean (3)
Vidhya Kommineni, Class of 2022 - The Light in my Eyes
Natalie Lemus, Class of 2021 - Ani
Xinyi Li, Class of 2020 - Spirit of the Peacock
Qianning Liang, Class of 2020 - Life in Thorns
Kaitlyn Liu, Class of 2019 - The Guzhena and I
Lillian Loyd, Class of 2021 - Solace and The Tear (2)
Ashley Lu, Class of 2021 - Resonance of Music
Jenny Ma, Class of 2017 - Two girls
Ananya Mehesh, Class of 2020 - A Day Captured
Saipriya Metla, Class of 2019 - A Moment in Time
Jathin Pranav Singaraju, Class of 2023 - My Mom-The Light of My House
Laya Srinivas, Class of 2022 - Timeless
Katie Torres, Class of 2018 - My Light in The Dark and The New Generation (2)
Alekhya Vattikuti, Class of 2023 - Smiling Sister
Angela Wang, Class of 2017 - Joan of Arc
Ann Woodard, Class of 2017 - Jordan
Maviya Yaseen, Class of 2021 - A Timeless Memory
Emma Zhang, Class of 2018 - Aiden and Trevor, Admirer and Alexis (3)

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