It has been nearly a month since I've had the time to sit down and formulate a post. For the entire month of March, I was entrenched with completing my National Boards Portfolio. For those non-educators, National Boards is a rigorous certification program that educators voluntarily put themselves through as a way to demonstrate that they are highly qualified. Don't let the word portfolio fool you either. It is a copious amount of very specific writing that analyzes and reflects upon your teaching practice. But the portfolio is finished, and now I just have to complete one more part by mid June and wait for the results.
But time does pass so quickly, and Dave is finishing up his 3-year MFA program at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. His MFA exhibit wraps up tomorrow, and he defends his thesis today. In a month he'll graduate. Time flies...
Last Friday, I was able to make it to the exhibit's opening reception at Sawhill Gallery in Duke Hall at JMU. Titled Transitional Markers, the show features work made predominantly over the last year and a half and covers nearly every inch of the gallery. Created primarily of acrylic paint on paper, cardboard, and canvas, the work wraps around the gallery and consumes the viewer. Below is a photograph of Dave standing in the gallery with his journal in tow.
In the photograph above, Dave explains his work to his dad John who came down with his mom and grandmother for the opening.
In the photo above Sam (on left) and Brian (on right) discuss art, life and teaching. Sam is a current MFA student from Greensboro, NC and a former art educator we met a year ago at NCCAT. Brian is my colleague at the high school where I teach and a friend of Dave's. All the photos below depict the exhibit in 360 fashion. I photographed the show using a tripod in the middle of the gallery snapping off eight photos to document the exhibition.
It has been amazing to see the work that Dave has produced over the last three years. He is such a source of inspiration for me, and I am glad that I had the chance to witness the journey. He has definitely created an incredible body of work.