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"Still Life"
Colored Pencil Drawing by Jennifer Pryhuber
2008 D. Bradley Smith Art Purchase Award Winner

Photo of the Artwork

Photo of the Artist This beautiful still life, rendered in colored pencil, began as an assignment in Mrs. Burger's Drawing class. The students had a choice of several collections of objects to draw, and Jennifer chose one that challenged her to communicate color, texture, and reflections. Her success is evident in the final product, which displays the craftsmanship her teachers say they see consistently in her work.

Mrs. Crerand believes that Jennifer displays "the perfect storm of artistic talents: imagination, a great sense of color and design, and craftsmanship." Jennifer began working backstage on BHS theater productions during her last two years, and those "perfect storm" qualities all come into play in that work, too. These qualities will carry her far, in whatever direction she chooses.

Jennifer's chosen direction as she enters college? Film and animation, a focus that developed for her during her sophomore year at Brighton. In school, she wolfed down the art courses available to her -- Art I and II, Drawing, Painting, and Ceramics -- and she proved herself a very serious student in Mrs. Burger's Portfolio development course, but as a 10th-grader she began to quietly nurture an interest in film and animation. "I like stories and I like art, and animation brings those elements together." Her experience in a summer cyber-arts program at Victor High School helped confirm Jennifer's choice.

Spring is a tension-filled time for most seniors, but Jennifer's strong portfolio and equally-strong academic performance assured her of a smooth trip through the college admissions process. Her patience was rewarded with an acceptance to the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Jennifer looks forward to making new friends and exploring New York City, and we know that she'll find exciting ways to put her talents to work.

photo provided by Debra Burger
story by Jim Kane

June 24, 2008

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