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Second Annual EPISD College Art Fair Set for Next Week

Many representative from the top art schools in the country will be in El Paso next week to review portfolios and recruit El Paso ISD students who wish to pursue a college education in the fine arts.

It’s all part of the second annual EPISD Art College Recruiting Fair.  According to EPISD officials, their district is one of few school systems in Texas that organizes a college fair specifically for students seeking to attend art schools.

“EPISD recognizes the importance of fine arts in our education system and we want to make sure that those students with the talent and drive to pursue a college education in the arts have the means and information to do it,” said Philip Barraza, EPISD’s Director of Fine Arts. “The College Art Fair is a unique way for us to provide access to students.”

Last year, EPISD’s first college art fair resulted in the recruitment of more than 80 students that received one-on-one conferences with art-school officials from schools as far away as Paris, France.

Scenes from 2017’s fair | Photo by Alicia Chumley

The schools awarded $368,000 in scholarships and grants to EPISD students.

This year, colleges and art programs from the School of Chicago Art Institute, Maryland College of Art and Design, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, the University of Michigan, UTEP and other schools from throughout the country will be on hand to speak to students.

Recruiters from Columbia University and New York University were in EPISD earlier this year to recruit.

The recruiters will review portfolios, go over admission and scholarship information and give tips for students who wish to become more competitive in art education.

The event is 9 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, at the Region 19 Education Service Center’s Paso Del Norte Conference Room, 6611 Boeing Drive.

EPISD Fine Arts’ ‘My Fair Lady’ will Keep You Dancing All Night

EPISD’s fine arts talent — both teachers and high school students — join together this summer to stage the annual summer musical. “My Fair Lady” runs Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Ross Capshaw Theater at Coronado High School.

“My Fair Lady” is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story, circa 1912 London, follows Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor and phonetician Henry Higgins to improve class status by perfecting a more proper British accent.

“It’s so exciting to see how Eliza transformers herself after she meets Higgins,” said Alejandra Sandoval of her character Eliza. “She wants to improve herself and become a lady.”

Sandoval watched YouTube videos and movies to perfect both the cockney accent and eventually Eliza’s more refined British accent.

“You have to do that transition and it has to be obvious,” said Sandoval, a recent Franklin graduate. “Even in the first two songs it is with that strong annoying cockney, nasally sound and at the end you get to hear that the songs sound much better.”

Franklin High 2017 grad Dario Vazquez plays male lead Henry Higgins. He’s enjoyed bringing Higgins to life on stage and showing the evolution of both his and Sandoval’s characters.

“I’m very egotistical, very full of myself but throughout the story you see me change and find myself caring for this women even though I detest women and don’t want them in my life,” he said. “It’s an old show but an awesome show.”

Vasquez and Sandoval combine their talents with other high school art, drama, choir, orchestra and dance students to bring “My Fair Lady” to life.

“We are trying to teach the kids to do a full musical production as opposed to just scenes like they do at their campuses,” said Reuben Reza, general director. “Students in drama who have never been in choir are learning to sing and choir students who have never been in drama are learning to act and so on with the dancing. We want our students to have a well-rounded education in fine arts.”

Burges High theater teacher Fernie Arana calls the more than 25-year-old summer production the oldest high school musical camp in Texas.

“It’s free to students which is unheard of,” he said, explaining that similar camps costs students hundreds of dollars. “Kids learn everything from tech to how to weld, build, paint, dance, act and sing – all these things to help tell this beautiful story you see on stage.”

Tickets for the show are $5 and available prior to each show time.

Local Watercolorists Honor Chapin Student’s Work

Every year the Rio Bravo Watercolorists teams up with the EPISD Fine Arts department to present one student with a $100 scholarship award for their artwork.

The award this year went to Chapin High School senior Jesus Saenz for his painting “Sombras di Bleu” – a self-portrait he submitted for the 2017 EPISD student art show last month. Last year, the award went to an Irvin High School student.

“I feel very grateful. It really feels nice when people notice your work,” Saenz said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Saenz’s painting was among the 600 submissions to the art show – a fact that does not escape him.

“There are so many talented students at Chapin and other EPISD schools, so this is amazing,” Saenz said.

Teacher Carol Parsons is proud of her student and hopes he will continue to flourish as an artist and person.

“This is the third year I’ve had him as a student so I know what his potential is,” Parsons said. “I know I can push him to new limits, and he’s always thrilled with the results. He’s grown and progressed. I’m happy for him, especially now that he’s a senior and he knows he can do this.”

Saenz plans on saving the scholarship award money for college, where he plans to pursue a career in the arts when he graduates.

EPISD Visual Arts Facilitator Rosa Aguilar last week presented Saenz with the check from the watercolorists group at Chapin.

“We have the Rio Bravo Watercolorists come by our big student art show. They are really good at promoting the creativity and talent of our kids,” Aguilar said.

Aguilar feels the award is a good learning experience for the EPISD art students.

“Our kids take a lot of pride in the recognition,” Aguilar said. “It goes a long way because it inspires them to keep on going with their artwork, and that their work is being validated outside the district.”

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