Academy Students Attend Art All-State

Academy Students Attend Art All-State

Two juniors from the Academy of Notre Dame recently participated in the Art All-State 2019 program at the Worcester Art Museum.  

Rowan McComas of Hudson, NH, and Chiao-Yun (Joy) Tu, an international student living in Dunstable, are two of only 145 students from across the state to be accepted in the highly competitive program. The rigorous selection process included portfolio reviews, written artist statements, letters of recommendation, and an interview by a panel of art professionals.


Tu remembers feeling nervous while waiting to hear back on her acceptance to the program, but after finally taking part in Art All-State, she was thrilled and “would do it again and again.”


Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association and the Worcester Art Museum, Art All-State Massachusetts is a prestigious program that brings together high school juniors of exceptional artistic potential and commitment to work with practicing artists to create collaborative installations. The program was designed by prominent art teachers to provide students with an understanding of art related careers and direct knowledge of contemporary art forms.


The program included group tours of the Worcester Art Museum, led by an artist-teacher, to view and discuss specially selected inspiration pieces. McComas and Tu worked to develop and create incredible collaborative art installations with green and blue Pikto Tape, based on the theme of mankind’s impact on nature. The students were encouraged to utilize any space in their designated area, such as floors, walls and trashcans. All projects were overseen by professional artists from The Tape Art Crew, the founders of the growing tape art movement.


McComas thoroughly enjoyed her experience and said that she was “really impressed with all the possibilities of drawing with tape.”


Maxine Shaw, the Academy’s Upper School art teacher, is extremely happy with the impact the program has on the students. “The results of this art installation process were stunning and provided an invaluable experience for our students to be part of a team creating public art in a museum setting.”