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Celebrating Student Talent!

Our Senior Art Showcase took place on April 22, 2024 at the Norma Herzog Community Center. This is a time to honor our Senior Visual Artists with their own adjudicated Art Exhibition. Thank you to the City of Costa Mesa for their help with acquiring the facility and our Adjudicators Alisa Ochoa and Kate Ryan for providing their expertise in judging the artwork.  We are also grateful for our sponsors for donating food for our event: Newport Rib Company, Avila's El Ranchito, China Dragon , and BB Bakery for your contributions in making our event special. 

Here is a list of our Best of Category Winners for our 2024 Art Show:

Wheel thrown Ceramics Penelope Vargas- " American Gothic"

Hand Built Ceramics- Julia Gee- " Untitled" ( Soft Slab)

Printmaking- Madeline Stute- " Discorder, Transformation, & Acceptance"

Pastels- Janelle Eufracio- " Never Enough"

Mixed Media- Indie Johnson- ( no title)

Digital Design- Nam Lee- " She Changed"

Photography- Niklas Nace - " Underground Series"( black and white crowd shot)

Painting - Max Paalman-Homeless

Watercolor- Gretta Harmon- " Slow Down While You Can "

Drawing - Samantha Hernandez- " Sabotage"






If you have any unused musical instruments, please contact us or your child's school for information on how to make a tax-deductible donation that can help a deserving student. Band & orchestra instruments, guitars & ukuleles, hand drums, and small percussion are all needed.

“The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive.”
― Ken Robinson

"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."
- Neil Gaiman

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."
- Kurt Vonnegut

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A large sculpture is displayed among other artwork on a table covered with black cloth.
A collage of various drawings that won the Best of Mixed Media award.
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Women and men are observing artwork displayed on a table covered with black cloth.
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Senior Art Show featuring students and faculty, all smiling behind artwork that says %22Senior Art Show.%22
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About Us

Newport- Mesa Unified believes that every student must have access to education and opportunities in the Visual and Performing Arts. The district is divided into 4 zones, each based upon the four comprehensive high schools that our middle and elementary schools feed into. There are arts opportunities at every site for every child.

We have partnerships with the city, community organizations, and arts communities throughout Orange County. We have created venues for student performances, written grants to enhance technology and learning in the arts, and have hosted events and festivals that allow our students to shine.

.For more information about visual and performing arts programs available to your child, please visit each individual school's website. 

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Tamara Fairbanks 
Teacher on Special Assignment