Wednesday, May 11, 2011



A Juried High School Art Exhibition

WHEN: May12 – June 12, opening reception on Tuesday, May 17, from 6:30- 8:30 PM
WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown

Still Life Apple PutzFifty outstanding artworks by talented New Jersey high school artists will be on view in the 22nd annual Fresh Perspectives exhibition at the Morris Museum from May 12  through June 12, 2011. All artists selected for Fresh Perspectives will be awarded a certificate of participation at an opening reception. The reception is open to the public, by reservation: please call 973.971.3718 or  e-mail (above: Still Life Apple, Raphaela Putz, Oil on Canvas; Mountain Lakes HS)

Zoo Cahill (2)The annual Fresh Perspectives juried exhibition began in 1989 to give artistically accomplished high school students a professionally organized museum exhibition experience and to recognize art teachers for their encouragement and the effective teaching of these talented student artists. An exhibition catalog will be available with the names of student artists, as well as the names of their teachers. (right: Zoo, Ben Cahill, Oil; Hunterdon Central Regional HS)

The Prom Dress Dalessio cThis year’s judges were Serena Bocchino, artist, and Maria Lupo, MFA, MA, ATR, Healing Arts Coordinator for Atlantic Health.

“Overall, I was awestruck by the wealth of young talent.” Lupo said. “I left feeling inspired by the next generation of artists and the wealth of talent and creativity in our community.” (left: The Prom Dress, Alanna Dalessio, Rubber Bands; Vernon Township HS)

Starbucks Coffee Kosiecki cThe high school artists’ works are in a variety of mediums, from classics such as painting, drawing, and sculpture to more contemporary media using computer-based graphic design, found objects, and video animation. (left: Starbucks Coffee, Claudia Kosiecki, Embroidery; New Providence HS)

Bocchino stated, “I would like to congratulate the teachers for the commitment to their students that is made evident in the high caliber of work submitted to this year’s exhibition.  All the work submitted to this year’s competition exhibited a high level of skill, technical abilities and powerful emotional expression from your students.”

Selected artists for the 2011 Fresh Perspectives exhibition:

(Alphabetical by school name/artist name)

Bayonne High School
Raymond Diaz: 3x3 = Me, Computer Graphics
Teacher: Charlann Meluso

Amanda Unger: Zephyrous Dream, Computer Graphics
Teacher: Charlann Meluso

Bergenfield High School
Francis Mendez: Unquiet Mind, Acrylic
Teacher: Michele Kurnath

Ashley Zavala: Madame by Morning, Digital Photography
Teacher: Ashley Carr

Blair Academy
Natalie Bacon: Garden of June, Ceramic
Teacher: Kate Sykes

Bloomfield High School
Christie Rose: Squawking Bird, Wire and Aluminum Cans
Teacher: Bonnie Gaspar

Cranford High School
Gina DeCagna: Mariana, Acrylic and Tissue Paper
Teacher: Joanne Knego

Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Ben Cahill: Zoo, Oil
Teacher: Betty Jacobsen

Katie Engberg: The Players of the Stage, Oil            
Teacher: Betty Jacobsen

Kearny High School
Lesley Ruiz: Interior, Oil on Canvas Board
Teacher: John Bednarczyk

Leonia High School
Paul Fromholtz: Ragdoll, Mixed Media
Teacher: Katharine Philip

David Moses: Koishi (pebbles), Terracotta, Grog and Wood
Teacher: Sheila Racz

Alyssa Viloria: Rock, Alabaster
Teacher: Katharine Philip

Livingston High School
Klara Blazek: Sacre Coeur, Black and White Digital Photography
Teacher: Arlene Brown

Ryan Leslie: Persephone’s Regret, Graphite and Colored Pencil
Teacher: Linda Majzner

Madison High School
Mike Mantone: The Craftsman, Oil Pastel
Teacher: Kathryn Cimis-DeBiasse

Middlesex High School
Robert Lally:Untitled Vase #3, Ceramic
Teacher: Kelly Clark

Millburn High School
Natasha Baskin: Natasha, Mixed Media
Teacher: Mary Weber

Puyun Tafreshi: Alter Ego-Self Portrait,Plaster Strips, Mod Podge, Wood, Acrylic and Polyurethane
Teacher: Christine Vos

Mount Olive High School
Christopher Weiss: iPod Touch and Ear Buds, Sculpture
Teacher: Donna Larkin and Todd Carpenter

Lauren Wisnewski: Autumn Sunlight, Oil on Canvas
Teacher: Diane Phares

Mountain Lakes High School
Raphaela Putz: Still Life Apple, Oil on Canvas
Teacher: Linda Aldrich

New Providence High School
Laura Gregory: Untitled, Photography and Found Objects
Teacher: Bill Vivona

Claudia Kosiecki: Starbucks Coffee, Embroidery
Teacher: Lynn Celler

Newark Academy
Veronica Bernardo: Untitled, Mixed Media
Teacher: Elaine Brodie

Anne Brakel: Untitled, Digital Painting
Teacher: Debby Dixler

Kendall Fawcett: Untitled, Fiber
Teacher: Jay Torson

Nicole Friend: Untitled, Stoneware with earthen slip
Teacher: Elaine Brodie

Newark Arts High School
Jao Zago: Find Freedom in the Wings of an Angel, Acrylic
Teacher: Fausto Sevila

Passaic Valley High School
Melissa Jaeger: Untitled, Digital Photography
Teacher: Lori Demsey

So Young Yun: Where is Your Mind At? Pen, Newspaper, Construction Paper, Acrylic, Watercolor
Teacher: Carrie Ingraham

The Pennington School
Leah Schaeffer: Tree Composite, Digital Photography
Teacher: Mark Ross

Randolph High School
Lara Blackman: Untitled, Digital Photography
Teacher: Jim King

Ben Iluzada: Garden, Collage
Teacher: Christian Montone

Patricia Mygas: An Abstract Portrait of the Universe, Found Objects
Teacher: Pat Carew

Jariza Ricart: Medusa, Ceramic
Teacher: Pat Carew

Anna Thornton: Untitled, Digital Collage
Teacher: Jim King

Ridge High School
Benjamin Callahan: Abuses and Usurpations Original Digital Painting in Photoshop
Teacher: Wendell Jeffrey

Grace Chueng: Literary Escapes, Graphite
Teacher: Wendell Jeffrey

Cal Hoffman: Spare Me, Animation
Teacher: Debra Calie

Paul Padian: Decay, Digital Inkjet Print
Teacher: William Ortega

Emily Schumann: Tantrum, Graphite and watercolor
Teacher: Wendell Jeffrey

Michael Sommer: Who?, Ceramic
Teacher: Bruce Morozko

Saddle Brook High School
Mario Grambone: Sunrise on the Riverside, Photography
Teacher: Kate Pritchard

Vernon Township High School
Alanna Dalessio: The Prom Dress, Rubber Bands
Teacher: Patricia Soriano Bunger

Watchung Hills Regional High School
Carolyn Thornton: Vitamin A, Colored Pencil
Teacher: Mary Lewis

West Essex High School
Joe Raimondo:Wrestlers, Acrylic, Charcoal and Pastel on Primed Chipboard
Teacher: John Atura

West Morris Mendham High School
Isabella Kapur: Self portrait, Oil on Canvas
Teacher: Onelio Marrero

Nick Metzler: Soul Searching, Bronze
Teacher: Michael Wolf

Westwood Regional High School
Susan Gugger: Trombone Player, Wire
Teacher: Michelle Stoute

About the Morris Museum

The Morris Museum explores and celebrates the arts, science, history and theater through exhibitions, educational programs, performing arts and special events. Founded in 1913, the museum serves over 200,000 adults and children each year.  The Morris Museum is designated as a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) and has been awarded the NJSCA’s Citation of Excellence. This program was made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; and the F.M. Kirby Foundation

The Morris Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM; Thursday, 11 AM to 8 PM and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 PM. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit