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Digital Portrait by Chris Day
2018 D. Bradley Smith Art Purchase Award Winner

The Artwork

Photo of the Artist Chris Day is the recipient of this year's D. Bradley Smith recognition for 2-D art for this digital portrait of a friend. Portraits are a particular focus of his artwork. In fact he does them professionally, on commission, for others.

Chris strives to have his art pieces tell a story. He used that intent, the idea that a single image can communicate a narrative, as the basis for his independent study Advanced Placement class in studio art this year.

Both music and visual art played a prominent part in Chris's home life as he was growing up, so it is natural that he is gravitating to the idea of a career in the arts. Chris will attend MCC next year and then plans to pursue studying animation as he continues his education. But he sees digital imagery as a tool and is not set on a singular path for his career. As digital mediums develop and change, he will see where his studies take him. He is committed to the idea that learning is a process that gradually takes one to new places.

In addition to art, Chris has been involved in athletics, specializing in the long jump and the triple jump on the track team.

Image provided by Chris Day
Story provided by Jody Siegle

June, 2018

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