Seniors Commit to Arts Colleges

Eddie Holmes is headed to the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College to major in Music Education.

Kyler Ross will be attending the Parsons New School of Design in New York City, majoring in Commercial Photography.

More announcements coming as we get word!




Six Musicians Headed to Districts; 5 All-State

Congratulations to the following students for being accepted into the Northeastern Massachusetts Senior District Festival.  Chorus: Jenna Nee '14, Nora Bradford '15, Hannah Wagner '16, Ember Hua '16, and Michaells Fana '17.  Orchestra: Derek Yan '15, bassoon.  Jenna, Nora, Hannah, Michaells, and Derek received enough points to qualify to audition for All-State!   The District Festival will be held in early January at Lowell High School.  Great work!




Outstanding Artist Series 2013-14 announced

Seven outstanding artists will be displaying their work this year in the Remis Gallery of the Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts.



Vera Struck: Reclamation Art



Karen Jones & Priscilla Serafin: New Works



Michael Updike: Slate Art



Dr. Regina Valuzzi: Paintings from Science



Emma Ashby: Encaustics (wax art)



Daniel Long: Found Object Still Lifes


To view a rack card of our exhibitors with dates and information about receptions with each of the artists, click here.




Cig Harvey speaks with students

Photographer Cig Harvey made a huge impression on students when she spoke during her art reception on April 26.  A large number of students turned out to meet the photographer, who recently released a photo book called You Look at Me Like an Emergency.  Students got to hear some of Cig's secrets on capturing the perfect photo and enjoy a beautifully catered spread provided by Dining Services.




Three students take home national awards

in art, writing


As if winning 39 Boston Globe art awards wasn’t enough, three Gov’s students recently won top awards in the 2013 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Two of the awards

were Gold Medal writing awards for Imogene Robinson ‘13 and Myles Badger ‘13. Helen Shi ‘15 won a Silver Medal for her ceramics

piece; she had already received a Gold Medal from the Boston Globe competition!


Last year we felt very proud when Milan Gary ‘12 won a Gold Award at the national level for her ceramics piece. This year, we tripled our success! This is the first time a Gov’s student has won a National Award for writing and the 10th time we have won a National Award for art. We are the only high school in Massachusetts this year where students won National Awards in both areas.  These awards are the highest honors given to high school writers and artists in America. Our three talented students will receive their awards at a special event at Carnegie Hall on Friday, May 31st. Their winning work will be displayed

in New York City during the summer of 2013.




Another successful Museum Day

Deploying 405 students and 70 faculty members to over 20 different locations is no easy task, but once again our annual

Museum Day was a success. Students visited such institutions as The African American History Museum, Institute for Contemporary Art, Federal Reserve Bank, Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody-

Essex Museum, and many more.  Acclaimed photographer Rania Matar was on campus to talk to a group of students who also visited the Academy’s extensive archives.




Students bring home 39 art awards

Each year, The Governor’s Academy enters students’ works of art into the Boston Globe All Scholastic Art Awards Competition. This year, Governor’s arts students won an astonishing 39 awards in the competition, the largest number of art awards that our students have ever earned. The total number of awards that the Academy won this year was more than any other Independent School in Massachusetts. This is the third time in the last five years that Gov’s has earned that distinction.


Twenty-nine Gov’s students won awards in 4 different art disciplines: ceramics, studio art, photography, and film. Our artists won 15 Gold Keys, 10 Silver Keys, and 14 Honorable Mentions. Especially impressive were the 8 Gold Keys won by our

students for their Portfolio work, which is considered the most advanced level of art in the competition.




AP Art visits New York City

During January semester break, Ms. Struck and Mr. Huntington

took the AP Art students to New York City. They visited “Matisse:

In Search of True Painting” and “Faking It: Manipulated

Photography Before Photoshop” at the Metropolitan Museum of

Art, “Martegna to Matisse” at the Frick Collection, “Inventing

Abstraction” at MOMA, and got to see the Butterflies & Dinosaurs

exhibit at the Natural History Museum. They also took in The

Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway. Exhibit Catalogs are

available in Kaiser.




Two students in District Music Festival

On Saturday, January 5, 2013, junior vocalists Jenna Nee and Amy Corman joined forces with 200 of the region’s top singers in the 55th Annual Northeast Massachusetts District Choral Concert. The concert, held at Lowell High School, brought together singers from 58 Massachusetts cities and towns who auditioned in November to be part of the ensemble. Amy and Jenna received some of the highest marks on their audition and were chosen as 2 of the 50 sopranos honored to be a part of the ensemble. Their conductor was Dr. Sandra Babb, choral director at the City University of New York.


The chorus’s six musical selections varied from Baroque to 20th Century works.  Students rehearsed for 5 hours on Wednesday, 5 hours on Friday, and 4 hours the Saturday morning of the concert. After the choral portion of the performance, listeners also heard the Northeast District Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. Congratulations to Amy and Jenna who both represented The Governor’s Academy so well.




Electronic Music Studio receives upgrades

The Electronic Music Studio on the lower level of the Wilkie Center has undergone a serious facelift over the course of the semester, with further improvements planned in the coming months.

Rather than the tangled (though functional) cluster of wiring amongst the workstations previously, a new audio rack at the end of the room has allowed us to spread out the space, allowing more elbow and desk room for students to work. The addition of larger, higher-powered monitors connected through a mixer to each student computer has made it easy for every student to

hear compositions and recordings in their true form.


In the coming months, semi-permanent cabling will connect every channel from the tech booth directly to a rebuilt studio workstation for the ability to get complete, high-accuracy, digital recordings of every performance in the Wilkie Center’s auditorium. This work will allow students, both in class and on their own, to learn industry standard post-production, recording, and audio mixing techniques. Truly an exciting time to be interested in digital recording, electronic music, film scoring, and music production as we augment this fledgling piece of our music program!

Formerly known as ArtsScene, our GovsArts print newsletter is available on campus in Admissions, the Kaiser Art Center, and the Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts.


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