April 24 2018

Burlington Middle School Student's Artwork to be Published in Statewide Magazine


A Burlington middle school student’s artwork has been chosen for a state-wide publication.

Marshall Simonds Middle School 8th grader Navya Garg’s photography, “Chameleon” was selected for publication in The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, the only statewide print and online publication featuring jury-selected artwork, photography, poetry and creative writing by students in grades 8 to 12, a blog post on the school’s website says.

“Chameleon” was selected from over 700 works submitted by teens from schools and community organizations across the Commonwealth, the blog post explains. All published works are juror-selected to ensure artistic excellence. Through this selective process, The Marble Collection, nonprofit publisher of The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, strives to assemble the most diverse and acclaimed collection of work.

When describing her work Garg says she focused on the changes people make throughout their lives.

“Chameleon represents the diversity in the personalities of Humans,” she said. “It develops the idea that people have more than one trait that makes them who they are, and who they are becoming. In addition the  chameleon’s ability to change color and blend into its surroundings adds to the message that we all try to fit in todays cruel society.”

After being selected for published, Navya Garg participated in The Marble Collection’s free Mentoring for Publication Workshop, in which she was paired one-to-one with a college student mentor to develop their 21st century skills through four steps: create, respond, connect, and present, the blog says. In the 6-week workshop, teens explore the creative process, edit their work for publication and exhibition, and learn to present their artistic visions to audiences.

“Navya’s commitment to her craft and the workshop made her a pleasure to work with over the last six weeks,” mentor Rebecca Foote said. “She has a true passion for art that shows through her work. Navya is full of great ideas and a drive to pursue all that art has to offer.”

As for her future work, Garg says she wants to continue making pieces that speak to people.

“In the future, I hope to continue to create artwork that sends a message,” she said. “Artwork that makes people feel understood; makes them feel good about themselves and the world.”

High-quality framed prints and canvases of  “Chameleon” can be purchased on The Marble Collection’s e-Gallery.

The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts is set for release in mid-May and can be purchased online. Published teens will be honored at The Marble Collection’s annual magazine release gala, Spring into Art, on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm at UMass Boston’s Harbor Gallery. The gala will feature an exhibition and sale of jury-selected teen artwork and a program of teens reading their original creative writing. Students receive free admission. General Admission tickets can be purchased for $25.00.


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