More than 200 guests - including a panel of Miami art scene luminaries - attended Scheck Hillel Community School's inaugural Advanced Placement (AP) Art Exhibition on April 16. This gallery of works showcased 51 student-artists enrolled in Scheck Hillel's AP 2D Design, 3D Design, Drawing, and Portfolio Development courses. The pieces are part of a broad selection of original artwork they created throughout the academic year, following criteria specified by the College Board; these portfolios now will be submitted for assessment by that body.
Through the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) program, Scheck Hillel offers college-level courses to high school students. Many colleges grant college credit to students who obtain high scores in these classes. Scheck Hillel currently offers 19 AP courses in a variety of subjects and, throughout the past five years, Scheck Hillel students have been awarded nearly 200 AP Scholar Awards for their achievement.
April's special exhibition was the brainchild of Upper School art teacher Edith Shlesinger and Stuart Rosenthal, Chair of our Jordan Alexander Ressler Arts Program. It spoke directly to how Scheck Hillel empowers students to maximize achievement, foster identity and explore passions. Thank you to the evening's guest judges: Karina Belilty, Judith Berk King, Fela Bibas, Sigfredo Chacon and Scheck Hillel alum Orly Shuber '01. They gave special praise to the work of several student-artists with the Judges' Choice Awards: Daniela Abbo '20, Miryam Azulay '20, Andrea Benhamron '20, Clara Bromberg '20, Hannah Cohen '20, Rachel Davit '21, Noah Givner '21, Gabrielle Kurzer '20, Orly Shapiro '21, Danielle Waijman '19, Danit Weitzman '20 and Mauricio Woldenberg '20.
Karina Belilty studied art history in London and international relations in Caracas, Venezuela, where she was born and raised. She is an art dealer, art appraiser and the founder of her own contemporary art gallery: KaBe Contemporary. The Miami space showcases local and international emerging and established artists. Belilty is a proud wife, the mother of three daughters and a steadfast art lover.
Judith Berk King studied fine art at Kensington and Chelsea College in London, England, and received her MFA from Miami International University of Art & Design. Her drawing and ceramic work has been published in books and periodicals, and has been exhibited in London, New York, Los Angeles and China, as well as a number of other national and international venues. King has been the recipient of grants from the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami and faculty at Miami International University of Art & Design.
Fela Bibas was born in Colombia and raised in Costa Rica. She recently moved to Miami to pursue a Master’s in Fine Arts and continue on her artistic journey. The daughter of an artist, she grew up in the art world, watching her mom paint since she was a young girl. A serious crisis with her personal health several years ago opened her eyes to see art in a new way: as a form of therapy. Today, she uses art to change people’s lives.
Sigfredo Chacón studied at the School of Plastic and Applied Arts Cristóbal Rojas (1963-66). Chacón has developed his work in the plastic arts, showing in various national and international exhibitions, and earning esteemed awards and recognition. His work is also represented in public and private collections across the globe. Chacón lives and works in Caracas and Miami.
Orly Shuber '21 MFA, is a Scheck Hillel Community School alumna and an instructor of media arts at Miami International University of Art & Design. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Miami, Shuber is a filmmaker making documentary films about art, architecture and design. Her films have been shown at museums and festivals in Europe and the Americas.