Newark Academy has been fortunate to receive a generous bequest from the estate of David Teiger ’47 for the establishment of a world-class studio art program. Thanks to his generosity, our visual arts programs and facilities have been expanded and enhanced to offer generations of NA students an outstanding arts education.
Light, airy, fresh, open, modern, professional. These are just a handful of the words commonly used to describe the David Teiger ’47 Gallery for Studio Arts, which resides in the Elizabeth B. McGraw Arts Center. After floor-to-ceiling renovations transformed the gallery this past summer, students and faculty were in awe of the space on the first day of school. UV-protected skylights prevent damage to the artwork hanging in the gallery while new halogen lighting allows viewers to see the work without any distortion of color. Thanks to cutting-edge technology and innovative construction solutions, digital art and films can now be shown throughout the gallery on large TV screens. Additional upgrades included replacing the ceiling tiles and the double-layer sheetrock, installing two projectors, embedding a new sound system in the ceiling, and installing light-colored hardwood floors. Museum-quality pedestals and signage complete the space.
“There is now a more professional feel in the gallery,” says Arts Department Chair Elaine Brodie. “We’ve really raised the space to a higher level. The Teiger Gallery provides students and exhibitors a world-class space to showcase their work for generations to come.”
Artist Roy Kinzer opened the first show in the Teiger Gallery with an incredibly dynamic body of work. His exhibit, “Reservoirs of Possibilities,” featured paintings of fractal landscapes and cityscapes derived from digitally altered topo-graphical maps and satellite images. “Canoe Brook Reservoir,” an aerial landscape over Newark Academy, was created by Mr. Kinzer exclusively for this exhibit.
In addition to exhibiting his work in the Teiger Gallery, Roy Kinzer was Newark Academy’s Artist-in- Residence this year. The annual Artist-in- Residence Program provides students with the opportunity to practice creativity and artistic expression through extended interaction with a professional in the visual or performing arts. Students in arts classes had ample opportunities to learn from Mr. Kinzer while he was on campus. He led discussions about his body of work that was exhibited in the Teiger Gallery, analyzed and interpreted students’ artwork during classes, explained color theory, showed examples of mixing paint colors, and answered questions about his own artistic process. Mr. Kinzer’s marriage of traditional art with technology inspired NA’s art students to reach their creative potential.
A Thrilling Collaboration: Acclaimed Photographer Jordan Matter Photographs NA Dancers in New York Inspired by photographer Jordan Matter’s project The Dancers Among Us, Newark
Academy dance teacher Yvette Luxenberg frees her students from the limitations of the studio each fall and offers them the Big Apple as their stage to dance with abandon while being captured on camera by the photography students of digital arts teacher James Worrell. The photography students relish the challenge of capturing their peers in motion against the
complex backdrop of the city. The trip is always a joyous exchange of creative ideas, as the dancers find unique places to dance and the photographers capture the right angles. But this year magic happened when nationally acclaimed photographer Jordan Matter appeared at the site to shoot NA dancers in action and to provide advice and direction to NA student photographers.