McNay spotlight to feature student art

By Angelina McMinn | Staff Writer |

A representative from the McNay Museum came to speak to art students about Spotlight. This year’s spotlight selection is based on Diego Rivera’s famous painting of Delfina Flores from 1927. His painting is a full portrait of a small girl that was a family friend. Diego Rivera was an influential Mexican artist that enjoyed keeping traditional themes and culture in his artwork. The McNay feature several works by Rivera in their collection.

“She explained the history of the spotlight in depth and kind of made the art seem very personal and special to the artist, which was very cool,” Junior Kelly Nichols said.

A McNay representative explains the parameters of the Student Spotlight Program.

Students in all art classes are invited to create responses to Rivera’s artwork for the chance to be featured at the McNay. This is the eighth year the McNay has done the spotlight selection. The spotlight exhibition gives students a chance to show their creativity and show of their art skills.

All students are welcome to register and submit an artwork. The artwork has to be a response or inspired by the spotlight piece Delfina Flores. Anyone can submit a piece, they are encouraged to have fun with it and keep making art.

The registration deadline is Friday March 22, and the celebration for the spotlight selection will be Sunday May 19. Everyone registering is required to make the deadline. The celebration for the spotlight selection features all the artworks at the McNay and those who entered should attend. This is an opportunity for aspiring artists to be seen.