Friday, May 20, 2011

St. Bernard student wins the 4th Congressional District Art Competition

Haleigh Black, recently won “Best of Show” at the 4th Congressional District Art Competition held at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, earning the St. Bernard Prep Senior exhibition rights at the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Haliegh’s work titled “Perpetual Use of the Mind’s Eye” was entered into the mixed media category, having used paper sculpture, watercolor, acrylic paints, chalk pastels, metal, and various other mediums. Her great- grandmother, Irene Graham, served as a model for drawing the woman pictured on the left side of the piece.

“I wanted the pieced designed to convey that we as humans should make use of our imaginations frequently throughout our entire lives,” Haleigh said.

Her picture depicts an aged woman’s profile that is looking at a clock, symbolizing the many years lived and the many things seen and remembered over time. These remain within in mind as she carries them with her in an active imagination.
“I created the woman’s profile in a way that allows the viewer to see the imagination inside her head. It is filled with creations and dreams like that of a child,” Haleigh explained.

Mrs. Mona Ivey, art instructor at SBP, received the news of Haleigh’s winnings just days after tornados ripped through Cullman County. Ivey said, “I am so proud of Haleigh and her accomplishments. Her artistic ability has been demonstrated over the last few years and I look forward to seeing what her future holds.”

Haleigh was presented with a ‘Best of Show’ trophy, $500 cash prize, and two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, D.C. for the National Exhibition Reception. In addition, her work will be exhibited in the Nations Capitol for one year.

Haleigh is the daughter of John and Sabrina Black of Cullman. After graduation from St. Bernard Prep School, she plans to build an art portfolio at Wallace State Community College with the goal of transferring to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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