Plainfield, NJ, February 23, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Those just on the brink of graduating high school are often filled with big dreams and life-long ambitions. Every year, the duCret School of Art, located in Plainfield, NJ casts an open submission invitation to high schools all throughout the state. It's an opportunity for creative and artistic minded teens to have their work displayed in NJ's oldest professional art institution. It also allows them to mingle with other high school artists and art teachers throughout the state, and view the works of their peers from differing high schools.
This year duCret School of Art is hosting it’s 32nd annual statewide High School Art Show. This year’s submissions from participating High Schools have netted 471 pieces ranging from oil, pastel, acrylic, pen and ink, watercolor, mixed media and charcoal sketches to photography. The opening reception is Friday, February 25th from 7:30 – 9:00 PM. Students, parents and supporters of teen artists are invited to duCret to view the work and celebrate in the annual recognition and awards ceremony.
duCret School of Art has been launching talented individuals into successful art careers for 85 years. Last year’s show received a record number of submissions from not only local towns such as Watchung, New Providence, Bernardsville, South Plainfield and Summit, but also from Bayonne, Randolph and Bergenfield. Over 90 prizes were awarded in 17 different categories at that show.
With a challenged economy and soaring college tuitions, specialized schools such as duCret have noticed a sudden increase in enrollment, as more individuals are seeking career avenues indicative of the old days – where person-to-person relations with clients create long lasting bonds that enable people to help one another through hard times. The atmosphere at the school is warm and encouraging and parents are continuously invited to partake in events that the students participate in throughout the year.
Aside from enrolling high school graduates into a 3 year art career program, the school, with several weekday evening class opportunities has attracted more and more adults as well, who are coming back to class to hone skills once given up or are there to learn about new opportunities in the visual art field.
With the explosion of the Internet, many more artists are creating websites for themselves and graphic skills are in high demand almost as equally as fine art portraiture skills.
The duCret School of Art, has launched the career paths of nationally acclaimed portrait artists, illustrators and graphic designers, some who are now affiliated with the nation’s most prestigious advertising agencies. Until recently, only those in artistic communities knew of its existence and who of public note had come through its doors.
"Despite where one may live in NJ, location is not an issue when an artist has a dream," says Frank Falotico, Director of duCret. This is a proven fact, as students enrolled at duCret hail from all across the state. Not only does the Annual High School Art Show allow high school teens to meet peers in different counties, they and their parents together can tour NJ’s oldest art school and actually see where some of NJ’s legendary alumni first learned their craft and launched their careers.
This year, the High School Art Show Opening reception is Friday, February 25th, 2011, from 7:30PM - 9PM. For those who cannot make that evening’s award ceremony, the show will remain open to the public from February 28th – March 4th , 9:00AM – 5:00PM and individuals are invited to simply stop by the school, peruse the gallery and take a tour of the school as well.