2022 Honors Visual Art Exhibition


    Welcome! The 2022 Honors Visual Art Exhibition celebrates the competencies, creativity, and achievements of student artists from each Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) high school. The works on view virtually and on the exterior windows of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, are all made by SPPS visual art students, and demonstrate a variety of paths to artistic self-discovery—from technically disciplined to playful, from highly personal to globally-minded.

    The Visual Art education SPPS offers students, provides them with a rich means to understand themselves and the broader world around them, to unpack history and culture, express complex ideas, formulate innovations, and bring about creative solutions.

    This year’s exhibition showcases a range of mediums, styles and techniques. Highland Park Senior High School’s 10th grader Angelica Amador engages viewers with her delicate and ethereal watercolor painting Noname. Angelica says that her painting tells the story of a person allowing themself to let go and get lost in their art. And, she “realized that the process of making art could be way more loose and spontaneous than previously thought”. Amaya, a Johnson Senior High School Sophomore, rendered a beautiful charcoal and graphite drawing of a skeletal structure. Delicate and intentional shading create the skull’s three-dimensional quality. Outlines of a leaf crown cast full leaf shaped shadows adding a playful quality to the rendering.

    The Honors Visual Art Exhibition and Honors Concert are long-standing collaborations between Saint Paul Public Schools, the Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M), and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The program celebrates over 30 years of extraordinary creative talent by more than 10,000 participating high school students. The events have featured the artistic and musical talents of these students through visual art exhibitions, vocal and instrumental performances, and spoken word poetry. Students are selected to participate through art submissions and auditions.

    Please be sure and visit the M in downtown Saint Paul from June 25–July 24, 2022, when large vinyl showcasing the student work will be on view on the museum’s exterior windows on 4th Street. The M is located at 350 Robert Street North, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101.

    We hope you enjoy the exhibition and we thank you for celebrating Saint Paul Public Schools’ emerging creative talent.

    Dr. Joe Gothard, Superintendent, Saint Paul Public Schools
    Dr. Kate Beane, Executive Director, Minnesota Museum of American Art
    Chris Harrington, President and CEO, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts