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Student artwork from the Lincoln Middle School exhibition

Students in Harold Smith's art class hosted an art exhibit at Lincoln Middle School last week, drawing on works in "Testimony: African American Artists Collective."

The student showcase, called "Our Testimony," explores the emotions, memories and values of the Lincoln Middle School artists, said eighth grader Gabriella Morris.

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Lincoln Middle School Students: 'Our Testimony'

Student artwork from the Lincoln Middle School exhibition

Clockwise, from top left: Lincoln Middle School student Arianna Rodriguez, classmate Koen Tenjack and artwork from 'Our Testimony,' a showcase of reactions to an exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

 

Students in Harold Smith's art class hosted an art exhibit at Lincoln Middle School last week, drawing on works in "Testimony: African American Artists Collective."

The student showcase, called "Our Testimony," explores the emotions, memories and values of the Lincoln Middle School artists, said eighth grader Gabriella Morris.

"These paintings are our hearts and souls," Gabriella said.

Eighth grader Arianna Rodriguez chose to paint a woman of color whose experiences haven't been represented by the art community.

"Their beauty isn't always appreciated in the world," she explained.

The exhibit is also a middle school time capsule with paintings of anime, a PlayStation controller, the movie "Venom" and a box of Honey Cheerios.

"That's what I ate this morning," said eighth grader and cereal artist Koen Tenjack. "It's my masterpiece."

As for Mr. Smith, the art teacher, he's retiring in January. His work will be on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art through March 27, 2022.

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