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More Cool Stuff: Academy News

  Inset by Abby Jones Academy students Erika Quinn (Freshman)) and Abby Jones (Sophomore) received ribbons for their work in this month’s Heads Up Alabama student exhibition at the Lister Hill Library, Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences. Janine Mwenja (Junior) will attend SCAD’s challenging five-week Rising Star program this summer. Students in this program enroll […]

The 2011 Art Ward Award recipients.

  Art work by Brandon Kimbrell (left) and  Samuael Urquhart. (right) Named after the visionary art educator responsible for establishing the Visual Arts and Communications Academy, the Art Ward Award is our highest and most significant acknowledgement of work well done.  Each year since 2003, the faculty has presented this award to the one graduating senior student who has […]

Summer is a great time to start new routines.

Here’s a great list from artist Lisa Hanawalt, via the Drawn blog.

Faculty News

Congratulations to the Visual Arts and Communications Academy’s own Olsen Ross. Mr. Ross was recently chosen as the Second Mile Teacher for Shades Valley Technical Academies. Each year school faculty votes on who would be the teacher missed most if they did not return the next year. Year before last, the recipient was the Academy’s photography/video […]

Magic City Art Connection

The Shades Valley Visual Arts and Communication Academy will have student art on display in the Cultural District at Magic City Art Connection on Saturday and Sunday, April 30th-May 1st .  This massive annual outdoor art event is free and takes place in downtown Birmingham at Linn Park. Come Check Us Out!    


  Here’s a swell article chock full of great advice for art students: Click HERE to read.

Visual Arts Achievement Program District Exhibition

Congratulations to Shades Valley Visual Arts and Communications Academy students ABBY JONES, BRANDON KIMBRELL, SAMUEL URGUHART*, JANINE MWENJA*, HARLEY KUYKENDALL, LAUREN WEEKLY and MAGGIE ELDER for having art work selected to hang in the 2011 district art show at Samford University. Mark your calendars for March 10th for the reception/awards from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. (An […]

Reception for student artists at Birmingham Museum

This weekend in a reception at the Birmingham Museum of Art students Harlie Kuykendal, Brandon Kimbrell, Sulakshi Dhanapala, Ann Stepanova, Esme Shields, Brooke Kimbrell, Erika Quinn, Abby Jones, Reed Randolph, Amber Wingard, Jeffrey Kent Newman Jr., Aislynn Lupien, and Tzu Cheng were recognized for having their artworks selected to hang in the museum’s Chinese New Year […]

Deadline for Visual Arts and Communications Academy Applications

Mark your Calendars: The deadline for all Visual Arts and Communications Academy portfolios and application materials this year is: Friday February 25th, 2011. Admission requirements  and application forms can be found “here.”

AP Trends

The Chronicle of Higher Education notes nationwide surge of  interest in AP Studio Art!


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