Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, The Westmoreland extending its temporary closure and Greensburg Salem High School extending its remote learning until January 26, the high school art exhibit that is usually held in person in the Museum's Community Room was cancelled. To provide a platform for these wonderful art students to showcase their work, we are now offering this virtual version of Greensburg Salem High School's Art Exhibition. The students are featured in alphabetical order and their works can be viewed larger by clicking on them! We hope you enjoy!
"Everyone usually wants a unison in their work. But that turns out to be something that will cause a loss of interest over time just like any other material thing. Its bought, broken, then thrown away. That’s why nothing here is unison. Instead of taking this statement as an accounting for everything take it as a generalization of facts. Something completely different was on my mind every time a piece was made. That will be clearly obvious in some pieces more than others. Telling a viewer what to think is boring. So, go ahead make your own conclusions." - Gregory Arentzen
"The people, words, and locations I see in media are what mainly guide my inspiration. I tend to find specific things like that fascinating and compelling, and I like to convey that significance in my work. I’m currently in 11th grade at Greensburg Salem High School, and in the future I want to pursue art!" - Kaylee Joseph
“ 'Don’t cry over spilled milk.' To this day I still get teary eyed over small things like spilled milk. However, now I have learned to embrace this part of my personality. My goal was to create a sustained investigation or body of work that showed how those emotions feel. To take what I feel so much of and let them pour onto the canvas. I begin each piece with a starting layer of gouache paint and build off of that layer with whatever I feel the painting needs, colored pencils, sometimes markers. Stacking imagery that conveys those emotions on top of my first layer until I’m satisfied. Post graduation, I hope to attend an art school. I love storytelling and illustration and have several webcomics. I hope in the future to be a full time comic artist." - Colleen King
"People have always interested me; humans are such complex beings with elaborate emotions and perceptions. There are numerous factors that influence people’s perceptions, especially how they see themselves. I wanted to explore this idea by photographing people and creating art based on the photograph, the person in it, and their interpretation of themselves. In most of my work, I use charcoal, pastels, and printmaking materials. I will continue to experiment with this idea in my art, and I know I will continue making art in the future, but I am not exactly sure what my plans are post-graduation." - Eileen Long
"I am a senior at Greenburg-Salem High school, and I am in AP Art this semester. My concentration focuses on the effects mental health can have on someone, especially relating to current events and self-identities. It focuses on the portrayal of seeing mental illness through a third-person lens to try and show the difference between viewing and experiencing mental illness." - Alexis Marx
I am a junior at Greensburg Salem High School. Throughout my sustained investigation, I was able to capture movement in both the body, mixed media materials, and the geometric shapes in the background. The mixed media materials attempt to show control of the dancers as if they were puppets. I do want the viewers of my piece to question the purpose of the string and why it’s placed the way it is. I want people to see my art as something symbolic. - Olivia Robl
"My favorite musician, David Bowie, once sang 'Time may change me, but I can’t trace time.' My concentration is focused on the same concept of change in the form of metamorphosis. Via my concentration, I am asking how I can depict metamorphosis, whether it is my own or that of something else. I have figured out how to answer this using a medium I have been long comfortable with - makeup. I create intricate looks on my face, photograph them, and use an application to edit photos and/or drawings together. Thinking into the future, I’d like to continue my learning and creation of art; I’ve found a great passion in art that I believe I can stay dedicated to. I will be starting community college in the near future, and I plan on taking art classes there! Right now, I feel I am going through a metamorphosis of my own and will emerge with a greater understanding of myself." - Mars Thomas