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An Arlington Career Center
Student Show

Dates: June 1 -24, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 2022, 5-7 p.m.

Students from the Arlington Career Center developed and produced this professional calibre show with mentoring provided by volunteer Arlington Artist Alliance members. Students selected the theme and learned all aspects of art show production including framing, pricing art, and curating an exhibition.

All proceeds from art commissions will be donated to the Career Center to purchase art supplies.

Exhibition description written by Arlington Career Center students:

“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction”- Pablo Picasso

Many of us are not yet eighteen but we've grown up in an age of destruction. In an era of a pandemic, global warming, war, and oppressive legislation, it often feels like there's nothing left to destroy. Sometimes it’s easy to think, ‘What’s the point of fighting the inevitable?’ We sometimes are forced to wonder if this world is even worth saving…

Despite the path society is heading, we believe that there is something worth fighting for. We keep working for change and we believe that destruction has an opportunity for rebirth and renewal. Destruction can be beautiful, whether that be unkempt landscapes, broken glass, or shattered buildings. Beneath the shabby appearance of a derelict park or an abandoned building is the possibility of something new, the promise and act of creation.

This exhibition dives into the minds of high school students from the Arlington Career Center to understand what destruction means to us. This exhibit is a display of destruction through the mediums of photography, painting, and collage. We are turning art on its head by destroying the artwork of our classmates and using it to create new art. Our works push the definition of destruction itself to convey their creators unique thoughts and emotions about the world around them.

All artwork is for sale in person or on our website.

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