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Sculpture by Jordan Meeker
2018 D. Bradley Smith Art Purchase Award Winner

The Artwork

This year's D. Bradley Smith recipient for 3-D art is Jordan Meeker. Her piece, a ceramic gun with a hand inserting a flower in the barrel, speaks to the acutely current issue of gun violence.

Creating a piece of work that includes a gun broaches sensitive issues regarding acceptable imagery in an educational setting. This piece was created during a time when schools have had to adopt new security procedures in response to shootings around the nation. In planning this piece, Jordan advocated for her conception both with the principal and then the school librarian (the piece will be displayed in the library). To ensure the meaning of her piece is understood, a written description of the artist's intent will be laminated and kept alongside the sculpture where it is displayed.

Music and visual art are both compelling interests for Jordan. She brought those two passions together for her independent study for AP Studio art by creating a sculpture that represents how art is influenced by the music of different eras.

Jordan plans to attend the University of Vermont to study liberal arts and music. A percussionist, she plays in both rock and jazz musical groups. She also has a 3rd degree black belt in karate, which she has studied since she was 5.

Image provided by Jed Kunz
Story provided by Jody Siegle

June, 2018

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