Alverno Heights Academy AP Studio Art Students Showcase Portfolios


Over the course of the last year, two Alverno Heights Academy students have been working incredibly hard to complete their Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art portfolios featuring a variety of different works of art. On Friday, May 18, these young women had the opportunity to showcase a small collection at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre.

Seniors Melody Wu and Clarice Huang have each created a portfolio featuring 24 pieces of original art that ranged from collage to photography to sketching to painting. From this larger collection, each student selected a handful of pieces that would be shown at the exhibit opening on Friday, May 18. That evening, the girls set up an Artists’ Reception that welcomed their friends, family, classmates, and members of the local community to view the beautiful and unique work they have created since August.

“Showcasing their work is such a monumental part of creating these portfolios,” said Tim Lewis, AP Studio Art Teacher and Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair. “Through the entire process, these young artists learn the value of not only creating incredibly vibrant and innovative pieces of art, but also the importance of being able to relate that work and passion to someone seeing it for the first time. The pieces they have created are unique and I look forward to seeing the direction their art takes as they move on to college next year.”

Clarice Huang’s body of work focused on the blending of figures from classical paintings into photographed urban environments. “The cut and edited figures in these images do not seem to belong in the scenes and represent a sense of isolation. My hope was to have the figures look out of context in these urban environments,” she said. “It also explores the notion of freedom and regeneration of oneself. This is a series of postcards, symbolizing a journey of growth, and exploration of the world.” Clarice will be attending Art Center College of Design and plans to study film.

For her portfolio, Melody Wu chose to bring together images of the scientific body to delve beneath the seen human body with photograms, painting, and medical images, to imitate the x-ray look associated with scratching “beneath the surface.” Melody said about her art, “It is human nature to make judgments based off of observations but also to inquire about what we cannot see. My concentration highlights human curiosity to look beneath the surface while incorporating my own interest in the connections between science, art, life, and human understanding.” Melody will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and plans to study bioengineering.

In addition to the Creative Arts Group, these young women also had their art showcased at the Robert Graham Memorial Gallery at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels this year. Both venues allowed them to feature a different set of pieces from their portfolios.

“The thoughtfulness, talent, and passion that these young women put into creating their art for this exhibit is a testament to their commitment and love of the arts. Alverno Heights Academy is incredibly proud of these young women for the beautiful works they have created,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “Melody and Clarice are not only talented artists but incredible scholars whose academic excellence and artistic endeavors have been recognized as members of the National Art Honor Society. Alverno is thrilled to have their art on display at the Creative Arts Group and we thank them for this wonderful opportunity.”

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