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Budding Talent Put on Display in Effort Spurred by CCSD Board Member Michael Miller
5/21/2014 2:54:06 PM

Shown: The winning artwork was done by Kaveon Foggy of St. John’s High School, who drew a pastel on paper self-portrait.
By Damion Smalls

The Art Institute of Charleston held the 2014 Youth Art Showcase on May 16, an event which local high school students were celebrated for their hard work and awe-inspiring skills.

Several esteemed patrons present included Mayor Joe Riley, Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, and Representative David Mack. Mack commented on how important the event was for both the children and the city as a whole. He was left highly impressed by the teenagers.

Riley addressed the crowd and praised Miller for advocating the arts in such a innovate manner. He also admired the works of the students, advising them to continue on with their passion with words of guidance. Riley relayed how the expo came about, which stemmed for Miller’s persistence on acknowledging deserving young artists with an outlet that championed their abilities in a grand setting.

The artists in attendance were all given certificates of accomplishment while scholarships were awarded to select drawings bestowed and doled out by acclaimed artist Jonathan Green. The first place prize went to Kaveon Foggy of St. John’s High School, who drew a pastel on paper self-portrait. Foggy earned $3000 for school with his production.

The International Culinary School at the Art Institute prepared exquisite hors d’oeuvres for guests, which combined Asian, Mediterranean, and European stylings. The avant-garde school provided a relaxed atmosphere that helped the adults and adolescents come together in a natural fashion.

Miller beamed throughout the ceremony as his vision came to fruition with flawless execution. The appreciation he has for art was not lost by the artists. They showed excitement as their names were rattled off then congratulated by a who’s who of Charleston’s elite. The eclectic group of students seemed to share great camaraderie with each other, showing support for all in the face of competition.

The stage gets even bigger for the highest ranked pieces from the exhibit as they will be featured at the upcoming 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The rest of the artwork will continue to be viewable in the gallery at the school through May 28. It’s safe to say that Councilman Miller got his wish in spades.

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