By Mariah Mutso, Staff Writer
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the art department hosted its fourth annual Halloween Art Show. This year, the show was titled “Postmortem: Astral Bodies.” The reception was held on Zoom from 12:30-2 p.m. Professor Laura Sweeney, a Post Alumni, hosted and organized the reception. The slideshow of the artwork was compiled by Kelcey Dilling, an art student at Post. The reception included students, alumni and faculty; students from Post, Suffolk County Community College and East Rockaway High School. There were over 70 pieces including paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media art, embroidery, sculpture and digital art.
There were five awards given out at the end of the show including first, second and third place as well as honorable mention and high school division. The winner of the high school division was Daniella Pedi for her artwork titled “What Lurks in the Dark,” Ink, 2020. The winner of Honorable Mention was Sara Halvorsen for her work titled “Michael Myers’,’ colored pencil, 2020. The third prize winner was Angraciela Scott for her work titled “Reborn within the Exosphere,” Digital, 2020. The second prize winner was Jenna Fisk for her piece titled “A lot of Tape,” mixed media, 2020. And lastly, the first prize winner was Gabriella Cavaleri for her piece titled “Trash Trees,” mixed media, 2020.
Professor Winn Rea, the chair of the art department and the director of the studio foundation program attended the event. “This year, because of COVID, ‘Postmortem’ was a virtual Halloween exhibit. Sponsored by the Department of Art, this year’s show drew more participants than ever from a variety of majors, and even some ambitious area high school students,” Rea said. “It’s a great opportunity for artists to showcase their work—spooky or not. I want to extend a big thanks to Professor Sweeney who organized the show for the third year in a row and always makes it a fun event attending in her own cosplay outfits and encouraging everyone to show up in their favorite costume. The show lives on in a printed ‘zine version’ provided to all participants.”