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Ten North Gwinnett students have artwork chosen for symposium

SUWANEE -- Ten North Gwinnett High School students will soon get the chance to see how their artwork is measured against their peers around the state.

The students and their 15 pieces of ceramic artwork were chosen to be in a show of 180 pieces that will be on display on April 21 for the eighth annual Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards and Symposium at The Center for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. The art will be on display there starting April 10. North art teacher Bruce Bowman said several of his students, including all of the seniors, work as part of an independent study.

Senior Michael Huh has four pieces selected, while senior Kimberly Wang and junior Nico Potgieter have two each.

The ten students selected is more than the last two years combined.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to see the work of other students from the state," said Bowman, who has taught at North for six years. "It makes it exciting to see the talent we have here at North Gwinnett."

This is another in a growing list of accolades for Huh and senior Morgan Anderson. Huh was recently honored with a first place award in the North Georgia High School Juried Art Exhibition, presented by the Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford. He was also awarded the Helen Fleming Stone Portfolio and first place in Outstanding Portfolio at the National Art Honor Society State Conference.

Anderson won a Visual Art Gold Key Scholastic Award winner for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Bowman said many of the students moved toward being independent artists by their second year in the art program.

"They're real self-motivated, independent workers," he said. "They'll take an idea, and pursue it with multiple artworks."

The other students chosen were Alexis Raia, Yun Lee, Jaeyeon Yi, Chloe Fernandes, Sydney O'Neill and Hyun Wang.