AP Art Students Get Inspired at Advanced Visions

AP Art Students Get Inspired at Advanced Visions

High school seniors and AP art students Samantha Coccaro and James Valencia were recently selected for LIU Post’s prestigious exhibit “Advanced Visions 15: High School Artists of Excellence.” Their artwork was displayed in early January at the Student Art League gallery in the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at Post, culminating in a Jan. 9 awards ceremony and reception.

“Overall, the gallery was a great experience,” said Coccaro. “It was nice to walk around and see all of this amazing artwork and to be surrounded by such amazing artists. I had the pleasure of speaking with a few people about the work and received helpful suggestions for some things I should try.”

“I loved going to the LIU art show because I got to see all the different art,” said Valencia. “Some of the pieces really inspired me to try new things with my art in the future. I was also glad that a few professors critiqued my art piece and helped me figure out what I can improve on.”

“This was a wonderful opportunity for these young artists to display their work beyond a school setting,” said Derek Mainhart, their AP art teacher. “I'm so proud of Samantha and James, both for their artistic accomplishments and their initiative in getting their wonderful artwork before an audience.”