Four Clayton-area art teachers have received inaugural Dorothy Demboski Art Teacher Assistance Grants from Clayton Visual Arts.
The winners are Charlene Bowling of Cleveland High, Abby Boykin of Corinth Holders High, Suzan Fontaine of Cooper Elementary and Mary Catherine Foust of Powhatan Elementary. Each received $300.
Funding for the grants came from Clayton Visual Arts’ Christmas in Clayton Art and Homes Tour in December. The grant program is a new effort by the group to support art teachers and promote art among Clayton-area schoolchildren,.
Here are the teachers’ proposals:
Boykin – “The Memory Project.” Corinth Holders students will create portraits of students in another country – Romania – who have faced obstacles in life, hoping that the portraits will show the foreign students that others care for them and their well-being.
Bowling – “This Is Johnston County.” Cleveland High students will study the works of artists Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden and then use mixed media to create works representing the students’ personal views of living in Johnston County.
Fontaine – “The Lost Art of Handwriting.” A calligraphy artist will teach select Cooper fifth-graders to use lettering sets. The students will learn and practice creating art that incorporates hand-lettering.
Foust – “GoPro Picasso.” Powhatan students will use a GoPro camera to create YouTube videos of themselves creating art from start to finish.
The grant program honors the late Clayton artist Dorothy Demboski, who was president of Clayton Visual Arts from 2009 to 2011. She live in Clayton for eight years before her death in 2013.
A teacher herself, Demboski taught many design and painting workshops and served on the faculty in the Art Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Demboski worked in numerous media. She painted “Clayton Patchwork,” the mural at The Clayton Center. She also was a featured artist in galleries on the East Coast, and her work is in numerous private and museum collections.
Demboski’s notable achievements included two Coty Awards for design of fashion and textiles and inclusion in “The Mountain Artisans Quilting Book,” which features the “Rockefeller Quilt” that she designed. She curated monthly art exhibits at The Clayton Center for several years.