Bishop's Student Showcase at MCASD

As part of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) Extended School Program (ESP), 42 student artists from The Bishop’s School had their work on display at the MCASD on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Museum’s Downtown at Sundown monthly event. The showcase featured live music performed by Bishop’s student musicians in addition to the artwork by their classmates. The artwork included digital media such as animation, film, video and photography; 3D pieces such as large paper installations, sculpture, stained glass and an interactive card game; paintings, drawings, and mixed media; even a painting made from melted candy.

Visual arts department chair Elizabeth Wepsic explained, “The visual arts department has been a primary school involved in the ESP since it began. Our campus is located nearly across the street for the MCA La Jolla but with the renovation in process, we are traveling to their downtown location this year.”

According to the MCASD, students made the artwork in response to the Museum’s exhibition “Being Here with You/Estando Aquí Contigo,” featuring 42 artists from the region responding to issues affecting their communities in Northern Mexico and Southern California. “Students took these personal and collective stories as inspiration to make work about their own experience focusing on the impact of materials and how they relate to their environment. Making work within the context of contemporary art encouraged students to push their personal limits and artistic practice. Taken together, their artwork becomes a commentary on their lives as students and as members of our larger regional community.”

Ms. Wepsic added, “Our students were challenged to work in new directions and to blur the boundaries between the studio practices. Many students who primarily draw used sculpture or video to explore their concepts.  

“In this exhibition, viewers saw a variety of individual and group art pieces spanning across visual art disciplines—installation art about our botanical landscape to stained glass works demonstrating the wonder of the ‘green flash’.”

Look for more photos of the event and the artwork here.

Student visual artists were Sarahi Castillo ’20, Aarav Chandra ’22, Maddie Cramer ’22, Jasmine Dabbas ’21, Naomi Deokule ’21, Brynne Faltinsky ’22, Michelle Fan ’20, Annie Fang ’22, Cate Freundt ’22, Daniel Gerlach ’22, Zaina Ghouri ’22, Zenzele Greene ’22, Annika Haagensen ’22, Ellie Hodges ’22, Sariah Hossain ’22, Nathan Huynh ’19, Ashley Jay ’19, Nihko Johnson-Newman ’22, Elena LeTourneau ’22, Drew Kessler ’21, Jack Knickrehm ’19, Luna Kostic ’21, Michelle Lai ’22, Eva Levy ’22, Juliette Levy ’22, Christie Linnard ’20, Alexandra Midler ’22, Sancia Milton ’22, Alek Navarro ’22, Carly Phoon ’20, Arman Samimi ’20, Eric Pan ’21, Anna Poon ’21, Alexis Rosen ’20, Belen Suros ’22, Tate Vaccaro ’22, Paige Walker ’22, Alexander Wu ’21, Vanessa Yang ’21, Sharisa You ’22, Michael Zeng ’22 and Claire Zhao ’22.

Student musicians performing at the event were Julia Haymaker ’22, Gavin Lee ’21, Eliana Petreikis ’20 and Novalyne Petreikis ’23.
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The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.