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ART: SUSTAIN IT! Exhibit

In the Spotlight: Dr. Barbara Gothard ExhibitOn Saturday, June 9, Dr. Barbara Gothard presented the ART: Sustain It! exhibit. The impressive exhibit was the culmination of Dr. Gothard’s AOP project, The Art and Sustainability Project, and the featured artwork was created by students from the nationally acclaimed The Preuss School UCSD in San Diego. Dr. Gothard created the Art and Sustainability Project in collaboration with Barak Smith, chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Preuss. The event was held at Space 4 Art in San Diego and curated by Gerald Montoya.

Dr. Gothard designed the Art and Sustainability Project as a way to incorporate principles of environmental stewardship into a studio art class. The students used eco-friendly materials when producing their artworks, and focused on the Five R’s: Recycle, Reuse, Reclaim, Repurpose, and Respect.

The exhibit was very well attended by The Preuss School’s students, parents, teachers, administrators, friends of the school, and the general public. Projects featured included paper mosaic self-portraits, watercolor pencil drawings, hand-made paper, mono-prints, watercolor paintings, optical illusion drawings, found object sculptures, soft sculptures, and cardboard relief sculptures. The superb quality of the work on display was a testament to Dr. Gothard’s exceptional abilities as an artist and educator, as well as the students’ artistic talents. Enjoy the photos of this remarkable exhibit!

Soft sculpture created by Jessica, grade 12 A visitor admires the students' optical illusion projects
Soft sculpture created by Jessica, grade 12 A visitor admires the students' optical
illusion projects

Paintings created by Preuss students

"Geometric Fashion," by William. Recycled paper in pyramid shapes is used to create a fashionable dress
Paintings created by Preuss students "Geometric Fashion," by William. Recycled paper in pyramid shapes is used to
create a fashionable dress

3D cardboard relief sculptures

3D cardboard relief sculptures
3D cardboard relief sculptures 3D cardboard relief sculptures

Paintings created by Preuss students

Guests view the students' paper mosaic self-portraits
Paintings created by Preuss students Guests view the students' paper
mosaic self-portraits

 These paintings were done on paper that the students made from recycled materials

 A student stands with one of her paintings
These paintings were done on paper
that the students made from
recycled materials
A student stands with one of her paintings

 The pencils in Maximiliano and Brando's artwork display the numbers of students who drop out of high school each year in California

 Rosary beads shaped into an AK-47 gun reflect the number of deaths in Mexico that have resulted from drug war violence. By Edgar and Carmelo
The pencils in Maximiliano and Brando's
artwork display the numbers of students

who drop out of high school each
year in California
Rosary beads shaped into an AK-47
gun reflect the number of deaths in Mexico
that have resulted from drug war violence.
By Edgar and Carmelo

 Detail of a cardboard relief sculpture

 Paintings created by Preuss students
Detail of a cardboard relief sculpture Paintings created by Preuss students

 Paintings created by Preuss students

 Students from Preuss manage the entryway to the exhibit
Paintings created by Preuss students Students from Preuss manage the
entryway to the exhibit

 Guests enjoy the diverse artwork on display

 Visitors congregate in the outdoor area of Space 4 Art
Guests enjoy the diverse artwork on display Visitors congregate in the outdoor area of Space 4 Art

 Daniel with his soft sculpture

 Cesar and Selene with their soft sculptures
Daniel with his soft sculpture Cesar and Selene with their soft sculptures

 Barak Smith, Dr. Barbara Gothard, and Victor Nelson

 Dr. Gothard with curator Gerald Montoya
Barak Smith, Dr. Barbara Gothard,
and Victor Nelson
Dr. Gothard with curator Gerald Montoya