Summit Public Art's Rising Artist Mentorship Program,
, has paired artist Dan Fenelon with student artists at Summit High School. The program is in full swing, with installation of the students' artwork scheduled for late May/early June on the Village Green in downtown Summit.
Dan gave us time with him this month to discuss his perspective on the RAMP UP program and how the work with the students is progressing. He clearly has a great love of art and teaching, and strong commitment to mentoring the next generation of artists. Let's get to know Dan!
How is it going with RAMP UP so far?
All the students are highly motivated individuals and have been putting 110% effort into the project. The progress has exceeded my expectations.
What growth have you seen in the students?
They have been learning what it is like to do a public art program from start to finish. I have seen their work transform from tiny thumbnail sketches into full size vibrant sculptures.
What impact do you hope this program has on the students and the community?
I hope that the students will to continue to help strengthen the cultural foundation of their community and the community will continue to have the wisdom to support the arts.
Where do you find inspiration as an artist?
The short answer is anything from Petroglyphs to Picasso. I am really inspired by civilizations past, present and future and icons as a form of communication.