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Wish You Were Here: A Youth Art Exhibition
Wish You Were Here: A Youth Art Exhibition
Wish You Were Here: A Youth Art Exhibition
Wish You Were Here: A Youth Art Exhibition
Wish You Were Here: A Youth Art Exhibition

In the CSL Green Gallery, enjoy a series of paintings by participating Fairchild Challenge high school students. 

This exhibit features artwork made by high school students participating in the Phipps Fairchild Challenge. In this first challenge of the 2019 – 2020 challenge year, students were asked to take inspiration from Phipps’ 2019 Summer Flower Show, Van Gogh in Bloom. Van Gogh often depicted breathtaking natural scenes in his paintings, and students were asked to do the same, using their favorite nature spots as the subjects and Van Gogh’s style of bold brush strokes and contrasting colors if they wished. Van Gogh also wrote many letters to his brother, Theo van Gogh, vividly describing the landscapes he was painting. The students followed suit, and paired each painting with a “wish you were here” style letter to a friend describing the scene they chose. 

The mission of the Fairchild Challenge is to foster interest in the environment by encouraging students to appreciate the beauty and value of nature; develop critical-thinking skills; understand the need for conservation and biodiversity; tap community resources; become actively engaged citizens; and recognize that individuals do indeed make a difference.

Featured Artists

Isaac Hess and Emily Morrissey | First Place 
Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School

Lily Jarosz, Emily Jumba and Tegan Lochner | Second Place
Norwin High School

Aliza Zelina | Third Place 
Shaler Area High School

Caden Ferita and Benjamin Hommel | Special Merit 
Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School

A.G. Miles-Flurry | Special Merit
West Mifflin Area High School 

Parastoo Aramesh | Special Merit 
North Allegheny Senior High School

MacKenzie Cegelski, Madison Kapisak and Jenna Mervosh 
Elizabeth Forward High School

Mirae Choe, Venice Lin and Karis Lu
North Allegheny Intermediate High School 

Maya Weaver 
Oakland Catholic High School 

Kate Malley 
Penn-Trafford High School

Delena Steimer
Penn-Trafford High School

Alisha Aboosally, Josie Walter and Derek Wessel
Seneca Valley High School

Caitlin Fedorek
Shaler Area High School 

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Grable Foundation and the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program. The Fairchild Challenge was designed and initiated by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. Phipps is proud to serve as a satellite site for conservation-themed activities that engage youth across the globe.

Images © Aliza Zelina, Isaac Hess, Emily Morrissey, Lily Jarosz, Emily Jumba, Tegan Lochner, Caden Ferita, Benjamin Hommel, Caitlin Fedorek, Kate Malley

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