Cranbrook Kingswood's Student Nicole Heppard To Have Artwork Displayed in National Art Museum

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Cranbrook Kingswood high school senior, Nicole Heppard, has had her artwork selected by Art.Write.Now.DC, to be exhibited at the Lyndon Blaine Johnson Library & Museum in Washington D.C through the U.S. Department of Education and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Cranbrook Kingswood high school senior, Nicole Heppard, has had her artwork selected by Art.Write.Now.DC, to be exhibited at the Lyndon Blaine Johnson Library & Museum in Washington D.C through the U.S. Department of Education and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Created as an extension of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Art.Write.Now National Exhibition celebrates the literary and visual artwork created by students across the United States. Both events seek to identify and present the work of students who exhibit exceptional artistic vision or expression.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program was founded by Maurice Robinson in the 1920’s as the founder of Scholastic Publishing Company. Former award winners, which include Robert Redford and Andy Warhol, have continued to acheive distinction in the fields of diner and applied art and design.

A select number of pieces which received Gold Medal status through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are selected for year-long display at the Art.Write.Now National Exhibition. Categories presented range from comic art, journalism, and poetry to painting, photography, sculpture, and more.

Heppard’s entry, called “Tree Trunk Hypnosis”, is a mixed media piece. Heavily influenced by the usage of symbols throughout history, Heppard created a work which depicts the presence of symbolism in a variety of mediums and cultures. She has said of her process, “I began researching different symbols. I then began placing map pins throughout the piece, creating intersecting lines with string.” Embedded within her drawings are a wide variety of symbols, which are reminiscent of her influence by “mandalas, and the patterns that occur in everyday life.” Her piece will be displayed as part of the exhibition until August 2016.

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