Judy Chicago Art Education Award: Funded by Author
March 17, 2017
This year's recipient of the Judy Chicago Art Education Award at Penn State was presented to Leah Krueger, Jessica Provow, and Anne Baker from Virginia Beach Middle School for their project, Creating Tribute: The Judy Chicago Project. Taking their inspiration from The Dinner Party, the 8th grade students were challenged to identify and research people who have "changed the world for the better." After group discussions about the qualities of the nominees, including NASA scientist, Kate Rubins and Olympic gold medalist, Misty May, students translated these qualities into visual symbols which were incorporated into their designs. Using clay as their primary material, these designs were constructed into place-settings that were displayed in the students' middle school building and will later be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, VA. The participating students commented that they had "never created art like this before," and found the project both challenging and inspiring.