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Display Case at APS Administrative Building Features Student Art
Artwork in the new display case at the Bruce and Alice King Educational Complex (City Centre) will rotate throughout the school year.
February 28, 2012
From glittery sharks to a neon ferris wheel, from realistic sunflowers to abstract designs, from an Alice in Wonderland teapot to sleek, curved vases, the new display case in the lobby of the APS administrative offices at City Center made it’s debut in early December with the first exhibit of student art from the district’s visual art programs.
Having a dedicated space to display student art was the result of a collaborative effort between APS Chief of Staff Joseph Escobedo, Chief Operations Officer Brad Winter, Director of Maintenance and Operations John Dufay, and Fine Arts Director Janet Kahn.
At Dufay’s direction, the case was designed and built by APS carpenter Dan Sells. The 16-foot long maple case features sliding glass doors, adjustable shelving and an interior lighting system. In addition to Sells, the other APS craftsmen whose talents are evident in the finished case were Glazier Supervisor Pete Trujillo, Ramon Tapia, and Victor Velarde.
The case is intended to feature the work of student artists enrolled in visual art classes across the district. From October through May, the work will rotate monthly between mid-school and high school art programs. During the summer, the case will feature work from the district’s elementary Fine Arts program. From late August through September, the case will display high school student art that will be for sale at A is for Art!, the annual fundraiser sponsored by the APS Education Foundation.
On January 18, the Board of Education held a reception to acknowledge the collaborative effort that went into making the display case a reality. Supt. Winston Brooks formally recognized the talent and hard work of Mr. Sells as well as everyone who contributed to the project.