Ashley Gallegos '21 Featured in the 2021 AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit

Oak Lawn Community High School is excited to announce that the 2021 AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit is now available online and that one of our students, Ashley Gallegos, Class of 2021, has been featured!

The exhibit features 50 high school artists from six countries who submitted work to the 2021 AP Art and Design Exam. Amid a global pandemic, AP Art and Design students worked with diverse ideas, materials, and processes to create highly impactful pieces. The exhibit represents the resilience and perseverance of high school students worldwide who created innovative works of art, some of which were inspired by the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. The exhibit also features student and teacher reflections on the works, providing compelling insights into how artists and educators approach art making.
During the AP Art and Design Exam adjudication, over 400 Readers graded student portfolios submitted for review in 3-D Design, 2-D Design, and Drawing. Culling from the top scores, the 50 students selected for the AP Art and Design Digital Exhibit represent outstanding examples from the Sustained Investigation and Selected Works sections of the portfolio. The digital exhibit is designed not only to showcase the rigor and excellence of the AP Art and Design portfolio but also as an exemplar teaching tool shared with AP Art and Design students around the world. In this capacity, high-achieving students' artwork and statements, teacher statements, and principal statements help teach best practices and support arts advocacy.
“The digital exhibit gives AP the opportunity to share student inquiry based on personal experiences” said Rebecca Stone-Danahy, Director of AP Art and Design. “The AP Art and Design exhibit captures student voices responding to real-world events happening around them. Students from around the world are grappling with sophisticated ideas and presenting smart content back to us. It is refreshing to see original, visual solutions to complex problems.” 
“The students who have taken AP Art and Design have shown the world evidence that an in-depth study of materials, processes, or ideas done over time promotes advanced artmaking skills,” said Trevor Packer, Head of the AP Program. “These students have faced great challenges and have shown themselves to be both creative and resilient.”

The AP Art and Design program was founded in 1972, and as of 1978, about 4,500 students had completed portfolios for submission to the program. Today, over 60,000 students participate annually. Research shows that AP students are better prepared for college and those who receive a score of three or higher (on a scale of one to five) are eligible to receive college credit. AP students are more likely to enroll in college, stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate on time in four years. Following challenging coursework, success on AP Exams helps students save money on college tuition and potentially graduate with less student debt over the course of their education.
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