Art Mentors: Two selected for Salem internships

December, 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community

31033488426_f7b180d080_k 31069249515_ffe66ab927_kRegis seniors Katherine Bentz and Marie Heuberger were selected in October to participate in a Salem Art Association program to work with professional artists and peers from the Salem Keizer School District. Students from the greater Salem area were invited to submit their work to the Salem Art Association for one of 13 spots in the High School Art Mentorship Program.

During the coming year, Bentz and Heuberger will have at least 10 hours of one-on-one mentoring from professional artists. Additionally, they will attend art meetings and conferences to exchange critiques of their peers’ work and develop connections in the Salem art community.

“It’s very exciting to finally be in a place where I can meet other young artists and interact with professionals! Coming from a small-town school, this program is an invaluable resource for a young artist such as myself,” Katherine Bentz said.

Regis art teacher Eric Loftin said during his tenure at Regis, Bentz and Heuberger are the fourth and fifth students to be selected for the program. Regis alumni Caitlin O’Bryant and Eilish Gormely went on to pursue art careers.

“We have been given the chance to talk to a panel of professional artists about how they made their way in the world after high school, and that was probably my favorite thing; being able to talk to artists who actually made it in the real world,” Marie Heuberger said.

At the end of the year there will be an art show in Salem that will feature work from all 13 participants.

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