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West Orange Arts Council Presents West Orange High School Virtual Exhibit

29 Apr 2020 9:09 PM | Patricia Mitrano (Administrator)

Through an exciting partnership with the Visual and Performing Arts Program at West Orange High School (WOHS), the West Orange Arts Center’s (WOAC) latest show features rising stars of our arts community.  The installation took place on March 8 and shortly after the West Orange Arts Center closed and adjusted its programming until further notice. While our doors may be closed to abate the spread of the coronavirus, we are working to stay connected and keep the arts alive. 

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We are delighted to present the  West Orange High School Virtual Exhibit at It includes the work of the Advanced Placement Studio Art Juniors and Seniors. Senior artists include: Brandon AndradeOlivia Callender, Ruth  Donagher, Tricia GarchitorenaChristina GilioMalabreCassidy JoyceJason Latchman, and Jack Mault.

To participate in AP Studio Art, students are required to complete a one-semester foundation course in studio art before proceeding to advanced studies like advanced drawing, design, painting, graphics and sculpture. After completing demanding advanced courses, juniors and seniors may enroll producing portfolios for college admission and earning up to six advanced placement college credits. 

The virtual exhibit was compiled by WOAC Vice-Chair Carol Black-Lemon and Advanced Placement Studio Art teacher Heather Young.  "Even though we are closed to the public, we wanted to continue our mission to aspire and support the arts in our community, and what better way to do that then by acknowledging these talented young artists," said Black-Lemon.  Young concurs "Although the students did not get their big reception, in light of the situation, this is a very exciting alternative." This is the fourth year the show is being coordinated by WOAC Board Members Lisa Suss and Frank Niccoletti. 

The community is invited to visit the virtual exhibit and take the opportunity to provide feedback to the students. WOAC is currently developing additional virtual opportunities. Most recently the WOAC partnered with the West Orange Environmental Commission and Open Space Commission and coordinated by Councilwoman Susan McCartney to "Celebrate Earth Day, the Social Distancing Way" with an Art In Nature Community Photography Campaign. The work is on view on Facebook. The striking images came from far (Italy) and near (West Orange and surrounding community).

This program is 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 and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  For more information, visit

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