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2017 Vesey Munson Art Show
2017 Vesey Munson Art Show
Posted on 06/02/2017

On May 24, 2017 the Puyallup School District honored student artists from across the district at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts in the annual Vesey-Munson Arts Show. Presented in honor of former Puyallup art teachers Dan Vesey and Deb Munson, the Vesey-Munson Art Show was begun in 1998 as a way to celebrate student achievement in the visual arts.

This show is the largest culminating event in the district which gives student artists an audience for their creative expression. The show demonstrates student acquisition of art concepts and techniques, their achievement in art classes, and the creativity with which they communicate through works of art.

Vesey and Munson taught in the Puyallup School District for many years inspiring students and other teachers. They were well loved, served as mentors, and held the highest standards for creativity and originality. Each shared their gifts by visiting classes throughout the district, organizing events, and furthering the arts in the community. Their mission continues in the district and community – the arts are for ALL students.

The arts are an important part of Puyallup School District’s academic offerings. Since arts education provides students with essential skills and knowledge they need to be productive, college and career ready citizens, the district supports a strong arts program for all students.

Washington state law identifies the arts as a core content area and an essential part of the basic education goals of all school districts. In Puyallup secondary students have the chance to enroll in several visual arts courses. Junior high art classes teach the principles of design using various media such as drawing, painting, and printmaking. Advanced art classes introduce additional media such as clay, silkscreen, scratch board, and water based paints. Ceramics classes introduce students to slab, coil, and drape construction. Some schools include wheel thrown ceramics courses.

In high school, courses become more narrowly focused and include Drawing, Interior Design, Painting, and Sculpture. Under the heading of Arts and Communication, students can participate in Photography, Graphic Design, Video Productions, and Web Design.

The annual Vesey – Munson Art Show is one example of the tradition of excellence celebrated in the Puyallup School District. The art show honors excellent teachers such as Vesey and Munson, and celebrates the achievement of hundreds of student artists in Puyallup schools.

Devin Konsmo