Mrs. Shoults’ Art Chosen for Exhibition
STJ High School Art Teacher’s Work Chosen for National Exhibition
The National Art Education Association (NAEA) is showcasing artwork from art educators in a juried exhibition at the association’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia through April 2018. Artwork designed by Saint James High School Art Instructor, Mrs. Evelyn Shoults, was selected for the NAEA exhibition. Out of 422 submissions, only 65 pieces were chosen for exhibit representing work from 29 states and two nations. Mrs. Shoults’ artwork is also displayed digitally in the NAEA Virtual Gallery.
“What better way to demonstrate the many ways that art shapes human potential than by showcasing work created by art educators from all across the country,” said NAEA President Kim Huyler Defibaugh. “Art educators play a vital role in developing the ability of students to envision possibilities, express ideas, create solutions, and think critically—all important skills for the 21st century.”
Mrs. Evelyn Shoults is the Advanced Placement Studio Art, Advanced Placement 2D Design, Visual Art, and Graphic Design teacher for Saint James School. In describing her selected piece, Static Apocalypse, Evelyn said, “This artwork was inspired by getting back to the basics of still-life-drawing – creating a series of drawings/painting from life and not from photographs. I wanted to put myself in the same space as the objects, so that I could study their shape/form, their mass, their unique details, and how they overlap other objects.”
“We are so fortunate to have someone as talented and skilled as Mrs. Shoults to teach our high school art students,” said Dr. Larry McLemore, Head of School. “Mrs. Shoults has consistently been recognized locally and regionally for her students’ achievements,” he continued. “We are all delighted that a national organization, such as the NAEA, selected Mrs. Shoults’ own artwork for exhibition. It illustrates what a dynamic teacher Mrs. Shoults truly is.”
Founded in 1947, NAEA is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle, and high school visual arts educators; college and university professors; university students preparing to be art educators; researchers and scholars; teaching artists; administrators and supervisors; and art museum educators—as well as more than 54,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society.