RVA is cranking out talented artists and one of its unsung heroes is getting its due this February.
Twenty years ago, Hall was told the CFA,”has the potential to become the best high school visual arts program in the country.” this was the pitch that drew him in, a brand new teacher, to begin working with a small band of students in an old classroom at Henrico High School. While the CFA just celebrated its 25th anniversary, the Visual Art component was not created until five years later at the behest of the Henrico Arts Specialist at the time, Bucky Wise. Its future was not always certain and the evolution of the program was not always even, but that promise of greatness has continued to draw talented students and instructors to the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School through the years.
“With that steady flow of talent from across Henrico County, the visual arts program at the Center for the Arts has indeed become one of the best visual arts programs in the country with consistently strong showings in national art competitions like the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Young Arts, as well as many others” began Hall. “This exhibition is intended to highlight the amazing visual artists that have come out of this hidden gem of the Richmond arts community and who are finding success across the country and around the world.”
Nine Alums from Henrico High’s Center for the Arts is about to get some major face time at the glave kocen gallery. Lovingly curated by “Coach” Jeff Hall, these artists were selected to represent this milestone in CFA’s history;
Meredith Argenzio ~Project Hotel Rehearsal landed Meredith and Alex Schweder on “The Today Show”
Alex Curley~ Info not available at press time.
Emily Erb~ Displayed work at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street and exhibits this year at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
Eleanor Farley~ Whimiscal Sculpture landed her a top ten nod in 2012 via Baltimore’s, “City Paper.”
Ben Jurgensen~ Shows work internationally and is Assistant Professor at the Sculpture Dept. at RISD.
Andrew Pranger~ He started a small collective of young artists who found disused spaces in towns and turned them into temporary “pop up” galleries, gaining rave reviews from local and national art publications.
Stanley Rayfield~ The VMFA and The Morris Museum acquired work for their Permanent Collections and was commissioned by Spike Lee to create a portrait of “Radio” from “Do the Right Thing.”
Dash Shaw~ Dash’s graphic novel, "New School", was named one of the best books of the year by NPR.
Jane Winfield~ Shows internationally as well and teaches Drawing at VCU.