In partnership with Wickenburg High School, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum will display art created by the first Advanced Placement art students at WHS during the months of February, March, and April.

DCWM has been proud to work with the art teachers at WHS to develop the Advanced Placement Program for art students.

These displays will be in the Wrangler Artist of the Month section of the museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center.

AP students earn college credit for their art studies by going above and beyond the typical requirements for a high school art class.

AP students must create a portfolio of college-level work in one of three course options: 2-D design, drawing, or 3-D design.

Each portfolio must meet a set of standards in selected works (quality), sustained investigation (concentration), and range of approaches (breadth). Students are required to put a portion of their portfolio on public exhibition and request public comment on it.

This is where the museum steps in - while the typical AP student usually displays their work at their high school, WHS students get the special opportunity to exhibit their work in a nationally-recognized museum.

Museum guests, volunteers and staff are encouraged to provide feedback for the student artists by leaving a comment at their exhibition.

The responses will help the student artists as they refine and finalize their portfolios for submission.

The first AP Wrangler Artist of the Month is Gabi Erdalac-Newman, whose work will be on view in the Museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center through Feb. 25.

Gabi is a senior at WHS and is currently enrolled in art studio twice a day to complete her AP portfolio requirements. “As I got into high school, art became my outlet for my busy life. I play three sports and I learned to play three instruments: percussion, violin, and keyboard,” Erdalac-Newman said.

Her musical inspirations are reflected in her piece ‘Piano Keys’, in the shape of two long stretched canvases with melted crayons.

“It represents all the different types of emotions you feel when listening to music,” she said. “Ceramics is my favorite art medium to work with because I find it the most interesting. Every time you sit down to throw something on the pottery wheel, you always get something different.”

On another musical note, tickets are still available to see Dave Stamey live in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center.

General seating is $25 per person; tickets can be purchased at the Museum, by phone at (928) 684-2272 or online at westernmuseum.org.

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