Students present art-inspired, original works at PFAC

Posted: March 10, 2020

On February 8 at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, seven selected student poets from Newport News high schools presented their original work inspired by art exhibited in the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.

Earlier this year, students visited the PFAC to view the installation To Walk in Beauty: Native American Art, Past & Present. Students chose a piece that inspired them and wrote a poem that developed the theme and grew out of their personal responses. Presenters were those who won cash awards for their work, totaling $500.

The Artistic Verses program was created in 1993 by Leslie Clark, a former Warwick High School English teacher, who, along with several other Newport News English teachers, encouraged students across the district to use art as a springboard for poetry.

Today, the project is funded by the Newport News Arts Commission and the Peninsula Community Foundation and has evolved to include Nathan Richardson, noted resident poet, and a Google Site featuring the students' work.

Contest Winners

First Place:
"refugees & resilence" by Leea Copeland
Woodside High School
Artistic Inspiration: Exodus ii

Second Place:
"Peacekeeper" by Evan Gray
Menchville High School
Artistic Inspiration: Glen Bryant

Third Place:
"Beyond the Block" by Juliana Morales
Point Option
Artistic Inspiration: Beyond the Block

Fourth Place:
"Mute-ilation" by Chloe Douglas
Menchville High School
Artistic Inspiration: Bust of a Woman

Honorable Mentions:

"A Message to the Village" by Janel Burnette
An Achievable Dream
Artistic Inspiration: The Storyteller on a Navajo Theme

"God, Ink, and Bars" by Karmen Fry
Heritage High School
Artistic Inspiration: John 3:16

"Pennies in the Well" by Steffanie Powell
Woodside High School
Artistic Inspiration: Well Wisher