Many Seniors Participate in Art Exhibit for Last Time

April 5, 2017 ~ From metal jewelry to digital photography, the latest student art exhibit in the Education Center captures a range of artistic talents. Hundreds of 2-D and 3-D works by high school students will be available for public viewing through May 2 in the building at 14160 Black Bob, Olathe.

This is the third student art display for the school year, and includes many pieces by high school seniors. A reception for the artists and the public will be held from 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

The summer exhibit starts May 10 and will feature artwork by art faculty.

Other student art displays:

  • Employee Services Department in the Education Center
  • Food Production Center, 14140 Black Bob Road
  • North Lindenwood Support Center, 315 N. Lindenwood


The Mainstreet theater in Kansas City, Mo., caught the eye of Olathe East High School photography student Nicole Simmons. “I was exploring perspective and how the building contrasts with the solid sky,” she wrote about her photo. “I like how you can see all the different textures in the building and how the sky even has an ombre effect with the blue contrasting with the greenish building top.” Her teacher is Melissa Sellers. photo by Nicole Simmons
“I chose the object of hands as one of the most important tools we have today, especially as an artist,” wrote Olathe North High School student Ian Lucas about his charcoal drawing. He was inspired by art teacher Catherine Bloomer’s assignment featuring Andy Warhol. “Hands help every individual in a variety of ways to create, construct, and help bring us to where we are now.” drawing by Ian Lucas
A trip to Chicago inspired Olathe Northwest High School’s Abby Gibbons. “I became very fascinated with the Bean and how it reflected light and color,” she wrote in her artist statement about the chalk pastel drawing. “When I got back, I decided it would be a challenge and an interesting composition for a landscape.” Her art teacher is Abbey Thomas. drawing by Abby Gibbons
Bradyn McConnaughhay of Olathe South High School made this flaming wolf of 18G nickel as the first piece in his nature-themed jewelry project. His teacher is Trish Long. “I created this pendant using the pierced metal method,” McConnaughhay wrote in his artist statement. “I filed the edges and sanded with 220-, 400- and 600-grit sandpaper. I finished the piece by polishing on the buffing machine. I attached a jump ring to create a unique necklace.” metal jewelry by Bradyn McConnaughhay