LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Several young student artists from WEB DuBois Academy are now exhibiting their art at the Speed Art Museum of Louisville.
“Empowering Through Panels: WEB Dubois Academy Pitch Comics” features original pitch comics created over the course of a semester by students in the school’s gifted and talented art program.
A pitch comic is a complete comic book proposal that includes a synopsis and sample artwork. As part of each comic book creation, each student explored the history of comics and manga, and how the art form shaped popular culture.
“My favorite cartoon is probably Raymond the bad guy,” said eighth grader Isaac Bell. “That looks threatening to me.”
The exhibition was made possible through the Speed Art Museum’s Community Connections program and was funded by a grant from the Norton Foundation.
“Everyone is excited, everyone is happy to be here,” said Jahi Peake, AP art teacher and vice principal of WEB DuBois Academy. “The kids were just amazed that they actually incorporated their work into a real museum.”
It’s a partnership that school officials say has lasted for years.
“I’m just thrilled that they have the chance to grace these beautiful walls of the museum and also to be seen and heard and to have their vision and insights matter to the community,” Peake said.
The student whose work is featured on the walls of the Speed Art Museum is something they won’t soon forget.
“I feel like it not only sends a good word for DuBois as a school, but also just that it’s a good way to launch students into artistic careers,” Bell said. “It’s a good confidence booster.”
The exhibit is slated to be on display at the Speed Art Museum for a few months and then go on permanent display at the school.
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