Virtually Identical

Works by Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Faculty

About this exhibition

October 7 through November 7, 2021

Part of ArtsWorcester’s partnership with the Worcester Public Schools, Virtually Identical showcases the diverse studio practices of the artists who also teach this city’s students.

Public reception: Friday, October 8, 2021, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

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Statement

Featuring twenty-five artists from across the school district, Virtually Identical showcases a collection of works by the Visual Art Faculty of the Worcester Public Schools.

In Virtually Identical, artists reflect the concrete realities they inhabited in a year spent first in isolation and then in new ways of gathering and teaching. Works include still-lifes, landscapes, abstractions, figurative compositions, and mythical allusions.

Most group exhibitions share a common medium, style, or theme, but Virtually Identical is something different: the diverse work of experienced practitioners who share the responsibility of inspiring and cultivating a love of art in this city’s future.

Ben Adwetewa-Badu

South High Community School

String Virtuoso

acrylic on canvas, 30" x 20", 2021, $600

"String Virtuoso" is a painting which creates tensions and harmonies. It is a tapestry of juxtaposing colors which create a fluid and balanced order, an expressionistic fauvist style."

Keri Anderson

Norrback Avenue School

Untitled #1

oil, 20" x 40", 2021, $560

Keri Anderson

Norrback Avenue School

Untitled #2

oil, 20" x 40", 2021, $560

Laurie Atchue

Doherty Memorial High School

Mixed In

acrylic, 24" x 36", 2021, $3,000

“When we study art, we weigh options, make choices, and create, mirroring what we do in life.”

--WPS Visual Arts Faculty Member

Jay T. Benotti

Burncoat High School

New Mexico

oil on canvas, 24" x 40", 2021, $1,100

"This piece is inspired by living in the Desert and Dali."

Jay T. Benotti

Burncoat High School

Eagle Rock

acrylic, 14" x 18", 2021, Not For Sale

"This painting was created at Eagle Rock Studio during these crazy times."

Rebecca DeWeese

Doherty Memorial High School

Weathered

acrylic on tree bark, 15.5" x 12", 2021, Not For Sale

"While on a hike during quarantine, I came across this beautiful tree bark curled up like a paper scroll. I found beauty in the weathering of the bark....the decay. In contrast, my own reflection stares back at me weathered by this strange new world. Living both with the peace that nature and slowing down provides and wrestling with push and pull of technology, can I find the beauty in my own weathering?"

Joseph DiGregorio

Lake View Elementary School, Lincoln Street School

Red Pepper

glass mosaic, 12” x 15”, 2021, $275

Joseph DiGregorio

Lake View Elementary School, Lincoln Street School

Red Pepper

stained glass, 12” x 12”, 2021, $400

"In homage to the title of the show, I have chosen to create the same image in three different media. The viewer will decide if they are virtually identical, or not."

Special thanks go to Joe DiGregorio, who co-organized this exhibition.

Kate Egnaczak

Jacob Hiatt Magnet School

Mere Pond Material Study 1

Elm Park pond trash collage, 3.5" x 5.375", 2021, $150

"'Mere Pond Material Studies' repositions debris from the ponds of Elm Park through an alternative lens. This series explores the complex interdependent relationships of humans, plants, animals, and the environment in public space. Developed through a stream of consciousness process, the compositions are meant to trigger memory as it relates to the impulse to pick up or avoid waste."

Kate Egnaczak

Jacob Hiatt Magnet School

Mere Pond Material Study 2

Elm Park pond trash collage, 3.5" x 5.375", 2021, $150

Kate Egnaczak

Jacob Hiatt Magnet School

Mere Pond Material Study 3

Elm Park pond trash collage, 3.5" x 5.375", 2021, $150 (SOLD)

Kate Egnaczak

Jacob Hiatt Magnet School

Mere Pond Material Study 4

Elm Park pond trash collage, 3.5" x 5.375", 2021, $150

“Art is a lens through which we look at and understand the world on a different level, helping us build cultural awareness and empathy. Art communicates in ways words can’t; it makes us feel, it expresses our dreams, and it helps us to understand ourselves.”

--WPS Visual Arts Faculty Member

Kallie Hunter

Rice Square Elementary School, May Street Elementary School

Cherry Limeade

gouache and colored pencil, 10" round, 2021, $75

"I have a love for all things vintage. Vintage fabrics and textiles especially capture my eye. This series of round paintings was inspired by retro fabrics and color palettes."

Kallie Hunter

Rice Square Elementary School, May Street Elementary School

Pink Lemonade

gouache and colored pencil, 10 " round, 2021, $75

Kallie Hunter

Rice Square Elementary School, May Street Elementary School

Blueberry Lemonade

gouache and colored pencil, 10 " round, 2021, $75

“Art is everywhere, which means I teach everything.”

--WPS Visual Arts Faculty Member

Courtney Johnson

Clark Street Community School, Burncoat Street Preparatory School

Flora

acrylic paint on paper, 9" x 12", 2021, $250

"This body of work was created using dried acrylic paint. I was going through my art supplies and found some old paint. Just before I threw it away, I began pulling the paint out of the paint cups and noticed they looked like petals. I started arranging these dried paint petals to create flowers on paper and canvas."

Courtney Johnson

Clark Street Community School, Burncoat Street Preparatory School

Flora II

acrylic paint on paper, 12" x 12", 2021, $250

Courtney Johnson

Clark Street Community School, Burncoat Street Preparatory School

Flora III

acrylic paint on paper, 8" x 10", 2021, $250

Alana Juneau

Worcester Arts Magnet School

Beacon of Light

oil on canvas, 12" x 12", 2020, $125

"When I first visited Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick I felt like I was dreaming. The ocean waves crashing upon the rocks, the charming house on the hill, the wind whipping at my face brought tears to my eyes and stirred something inside me I hadn’t felt in a long time. I felt at that moment that there was something bigger and that everything made sense. I’ve attempted to bring these fleeting moments of clarity into my paintings."

Alana Juneau

Worcester Arts Magnet School

Red Shed 1

oil on canvas, 7" x 14", 2020, $50 (SOLD)

Alana Juneau

Worcester Arts Magnet School

Red Shed 2

oil on canvas, 7" x 14", 2020, $50 (SOLD)

Alana Juneau

Worcester Arts Magnet School

Red Roof 1

oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2020, $75

Alana Juneau

Worcester Arts Magnet School

Red Roof 2

oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2020, $75 (SOLD)

Susan Kellogg

Nelson Place Elementary School

Double Trouble

photography on metal, 8" x 11", 2021, $130

"I spend a lot of time capturing images of animals; my favorites are of course my twin Devon Rexes, who spend an inordinate amount of time literally 'twinning' with each other in "Virtually Identical" poses."

Susan Kellogg

Nelson Place Elementary School

Happy Cat

photography on metal, 8" x 11(&1/2"), 2021, $150

"I love to capture images of animals, with my Devon Rex twins being my favorite subjects. It seems that they are always inventing new facial expressions, and this was a very happy moment that I was lucky enough to catch."

“Becoming an art teacher is my way of making a difference and giving back to the world.”

--WPS Visual Arts Faculty Member

Susan Kellogg

Nelson Place Elementary School

Love

photography on metal, 12" x 12", 2021, $200

"One of the best ways that a cat shows love for his/her person is through a 'squinched' face. If you make this face back to your cat frequently - almost closing your eyes and smiling - your cat will feel very loved indeed - and so will you! I think that this image captured my cat's 'squinch' perfectly."

Susan Kellogg

Nelson Place Elementary School

Ogunquit Blooming

photography on metal, 11" x 14", 2021, $200

"Spending time in Ogunquit brings a special sense of joy and peace. I was thrilled to capture the sun sparkling on these beautiful flowers."

Timmary Leary

Central Administration

Abbreviation

acrylic on board, 12" x 12", 2021, $85

Timmary Leary

Central Administration

Rummage Sale

acrylic on board, 12" x 12", 2020, $85 (SOLD)

"The annual growth rings of a tree A thin veneer of calcium over a shell The layers of the earth’s crust These are objects that mark time and the conditions of the environment. My works are formed, much like the layers of sediment, preserving the patterns, bands of color, type and gradation in columns and grids. My thoughts on the surface of these layers change over time, reflecting the places I have been, the adventures that take me, and the people that move me. It is how I construct visual meaning from experience."

Sharon Mansfield

Districtwide

Happy Place

oil on canvas, 20" x 24", 2021, Not For Sale

Kerry McCormack

City View School

Headless Horseman

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24", 2021, $100

"The Headless Horseman is a favorite New England tale during the Fall. This acrylic painting incorporates a few details of raised paint for texture, and a little glitter paint for a bit of Fall sparkle."

Callie Mulcahy

North High School

Virtually Identical #1

acrylic on canvas, 11" x 14", 2021, $300

Erica Murphy

Grafton Street Elementary School, Challenge and Reach Academy

Duplicity

acrylic, 8" x 10”, 2021, $350

"'Duplicity' was born from experimenting with the mixing of acrylic and water and the pressing together of symmetrical sides to reveal ghostly images. What do you see?"

Amie Nemes

Doherty Memorial High School

Emergence

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24", 2021, Not For Sale

"The subject of my work is human nature and the reality of our need for human interconnectedness. Exploration of the human figure in abstract form brings forth an illumination of shapes and spaces that emerge from the surface into a reflection of who we truly are."

Tithya Puch

Chandler Elementary School, McGrath Elementary School

Hylas and the Nymph

acrylic on paper, 20" x 26", 2021, Not For Sale

"My artistic intent has always been to portray human interaction through careful studies of facial expressions and of the human form in varied poses. The inspiration for this painting comes from John Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymph, based on the Greek and Roman mythology. The accounts by Ovid and other writers tells of Hylas, who is abducted by the Naiads for his youthful beauty. In Waterhouse’s version, the viewer is the voyeur, witnessing the moment before the abduction. In this version, I wanted the audience to be a part of the experience, just as he begins to lose himself."

“Art makes my spirit joyful. Sharing that with others makes life worthwhile.”

--WPS Visual Arts Faculty Member

James Sullivan

Roosevelt Elementary School

Petunia Amore

oil on canvas, 20" x 20", 2021, $700

"Exploring how petunias are identical to each other and symmetrical unto themselves."

Gennaro Varriale-Gonzalez

Union Hill Elementary School, Nelson Place Elementary School

Motoko Kusanagi

watercolor, 21" x 13", 2021, $200

"Motoko Kusanagi is the main character of both anime and manga Ghost In The Shell by its author Masamune Shirow. Motoko Kusanagi is in perpetual conflict with her being a cyborg with a human soul. What is her actual virtual identity? What does she believe to be a human or a machine?"

Ann Villareal

Chandler Magnet School

Untitled

acrylic on canvas paper, 5.5" x 7", 2020, $50

Francis Warner

Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School

Night Roost II

oil on panel, 36" x 20", 2020, $1,200

"This image has been used as an exemplar in school for an objective on how to paint the night sky. The quiet, surreal imagery draws you into the mystery behind its creation and the narrative being portrayed."

Francis Warner

Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School

Old Woman in Church

graphite, 16" x 20", 2021, $250

"This image was an exploration into powdered graphite. The contemplative pose of the image was perfect subject matter for this drawing."

Yihong Zhou

Gates Lane School of International Studies

云 No. 6

oil on wood panel, 6" x 6" x 1.5", 2021, $225

"'云心' (Yún xīn) is series of that explores moments of daydreaming, the feeling of traveling simultaneously outward into the universe and inward into the self. Each painting depicts the sky in that daydreaming moment which reflects the inner mind and heart."

Yihong Zhou

Gates Lane School of International Studies

云 No. 7

oil on wood panel, 6" x 6" x 1.5", 2021, $225

Yihong Zhou

Gates Lane School of International Studies

云 No. 8

oil on wood panel, 6" x 6" x 1.5", 2021, $225

Collaborative Installation

The Visual Arts Faculty of the Worcester Public Schools have exhibited together as a group more than ten times. One of the hallmarks of this beloved community-driven exhibition is the collaborative installation. Each participating artist is invited to create an artwork to be exhibited grid-style alongside their peers’ work. This year, twenty faculty members participated in the collaborative installation, which draws inspiration from across the natural world.

Ben Adwetewa-Badu


South High Community School

Street Performer

acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

Keri Anderson

Norrback Avenue School

Untitled #3

oil, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

Jacquelyn Braxton

May Street School, University Park Campus School

Rocky

acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

Rebecca DeWeese

Doherty Memorial High School

H.U.S.

acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

"An abstraction and expression of my son's kidney ultrasound during treatment for H.U.S. Searching for the wonder in the body's ability to heal following toxins taking over. He is our miracle."

Joseph DiGregorio

Lake View Elementary School, Lincoln Street School

Red Pepper

acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

Kate Egnaczak

Jacob Hiatt Magnet School

Storm Settled

artist-made marker distilled alcohol inks, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

"Emotional Landscape series created with artist-made marker distilled alcohol inks on canvas explores landscape through waste as a primary medium."

Kallie Hunter

Rice Square Elementary School, May Street Elementary School

Peace and Happiness

acrylic and fabric on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

Courtney Johnson

Clark Street Community School, Burncoat Street Preparatory School

Flora IV

acrylic paint on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75 (SOLD)

Alana Juneau

Worcester Arts Magnet School

Beacon of Hope

oil on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

Susan Kellogg

Nelson Place Elementary School

Relax

photography on metal, size, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

"Lots of fun to create artwork inspired by Warhol, and I feel that my rex appears to be at the height of luxurious relaxation in this shot."

Timmary Leary

Central Administration

Untitled

acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

Sharon Mansfield

Districtwide

Garden Flower

oil on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

Kerry McCormack

City View School

Itsy Bitsy Spider

acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

"While a spider may not be everyone's favorite, this one brings a bit of sparkle to his web. The glitter spider creates his design with purples, pinks and a hint of blue and gold."

Dana Mendes

North High School

Same

oil on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, Not For Sale

"A visual representation of the emotions that were most present within the past year and a half as a result of the pandemic, racial violence, civil unrest, political polarization, cataclysmic natural disasters, navigation through mental and emotional ups and downs and more; highs and lows I feel many can identify with."

Callie Mulcahy

North High School

Virtually Identical #2

acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, Not For Sale

Erica Murphy

Grafton Street Elementary School, Challenge and Reach Academy

Impression

acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

James Sullivan

Roosevelt Elementary School

Pinecones

oil on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

"exploring the theme of virtually identical"

Ann Villareal

Chandler Magnet School

Citrus

acrylic paint and collage with acrylic and dish soap on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

Francis Warner

Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School

Reservoir; The Water's Edge

oil on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75

"The almost perfectly calm water creates a mirrored reflection which is virtually identical, except for coloration and value."

Yihong Zhou

Gates Lane School of International Studies

云 No. 5

oil on canvas, 12" x 12", 2021, $75 (SOLD)