All High Art Weekend Offers Opportunities to Aspiring Artists

By | February 1, 2022

Shown is 2022’s All High Art Exhibition’s promotional graphic created by Daemen seniors Emma Lonnen, Jennifer Myers and Zachary Nosbisch.

All High – an annual tradition at Daemen for more nearly 50 years – returns to campus in 2022 with in-person events and exhibitions.

The All High Art Weekend – with a theme of “Think Outside the Frame” – will feature Portfolio Day on Saturday, Feb. 5, followed by the opening of the All High Art Exhibition on Feb. 6. 

This year, Daemen faculty reached out to more than 250 high schools to solicit artwork from local students. 

More than 75 entries were received and will be on display in Tower Gallery on campus – an especially impressive number given the complications of COVID. 

“These events help build and maintain Daemen’s relationship with local high schools and the wider community,” said Philip Longson, chair of the event for the past three years, and assistant professor in the college’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts. 

He added, “It also provides opportunities for potential students to experience campus, meet the faculty and see the fantastic programs available in arts and performance education.”

Exhibition opportunity 

Shown is high school students’ artwork from a previous All High Art Exhibition showcased on Daemen’s campus at The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Gallery.

Local junior and senior high school students will also showcase their original work at the college.

While Sunday’s opening is by invitation only, the show will be open to the public thereafter (weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, and on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.) until Friday, Feb. 25.  

“For many of these students, this will be their first experience of exhibiting their artwork,” said Longson. 

“Seeing their work exhibited alongside their peers in Daemen’s gallery is a special experience; it gives them confidence and hopefully motivates them to further pursue the arts,” he added.

Awards will be given in various areas, including painting, drawing, sculpture, animation and more. 

Scholarships available 

Portfolio Day provides a unique opportunity: High school students interested in pursuing a career in design, illustration, animation or studio arts can have their work evaluated by Daemen faculty members for a chance to win a college scholarship. 

Each year, two incoming students are chosen as Portfolio Scholars based on the strength of their portfolio, academic potential, personal character, and leadership potential. 

Scholarships include $5,000, renewed annually, if the student maintains a GPA above 3.0.

Awardees will be presented their scholarships at a special event to be announced at a later date. 

More information – and a look at last year’s submitted artwork – is available at the All High Art Exhibition website.