High Art 2021


Nine Massachusetts high schools will showcase mural art beyond your wildest dreams at the Attleboro Arts Museum’s annual High Art exhibition held in-gallery from May 18th- June 3rd, 2021. High Art connects teens with artists both past and present, fosters the creation of original artworks, and provides a professional forum for students to voice their creativity and work collaboratively.

This year’s High Art theme of DREAMSCAPES features visual expressions of the surreal that are free from conscious, clear or controlled thoughts. Dreamscapes place value on the articulation of imaginative visions, the bizarre of the subconscious and find beauty in the unconventional.  “Visitors will escape the constructs of reality and explore what is hidden in the dream realm while viewing these off the wall murals. Some murals will straddle the world between sleep and awake, take us on a stroll through a modern Candy Land, confront the stuff of nightmares, distort our understanding of a common objects and ultimately fill us with colorful and topsy-turvy experiences,” remarks Abby Rovaldi, Programs Coordinator & High Art Exhibition Curator.

Local artist, Cynthia Whalen Nelson of Narragansett, RI has been invited to serve as juror for the exhibition.  Nelson will assign the following Awards – Best in Show; Second Place; Third Place; Honorable Mention and select Merit Awards.  Gary Lavoie of Footworks, Inc. in Attleboro, MA will select the recipient of the Title Sponsor Award.  These awards will be announced here and on the Museum’s social media pages on Wed, May 19th.

Visitors of the High Art Exhibition are asked to cast their People’s Choice Award ballot by using either a QR Code reader or a computer terminal in the Museum’s gallery that connects to a Google Form. Virtual People’s Choice Award votes will be collected throughout the course of the exhibit – with the award given to the top school after the exhibition has concluded on June 3rd at 4pm.

2021 Participating High Schools

  • Attleboro High School, Attleboro, MA
  • Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, MA
  • Cardinal Spellman High School, Brockton, MA
  • Mansfield High School, Mansfield, MA
  • New Bedford High School, New Bedford, MA
  • Norwood High School, Norwood, MA
  • Seekonk High School, Seekonk, MA
  • Silver Lake Regional High School, Kingston, MA
  • Taunton High School, Taunton, MA


Title Sponsor: Gary Lavoie, owner of Footworks, Inc., Attleboro, MA

Sponsors: Craft, Inc. of Attleboro, MA; Jerry’s Artarama of Providence, RI; Local Cultural Councils of Attleboro, Bridgewater, Foxboro, Halifax, Mansfield, Norwood, Raynham, Seekonk and Taunton, MA; Reeves Co., Inc. of Attleboro, MA.


About the Juror: Cynthia Whalen Nelson’s artworks weave nature, myth and narrative together through her vibrant palate and distinctively unique style. Symbiotic metaphors of both the strength and fragility play off one another throughout her paintings and sculptures. Allegory, dream, and the passage of time are contemplated through her multi-dimensional themed artworks. Cynthia holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and MAT, Art Education from Rhode Island College.


What is High Art?

High Art is an annual exhibition showcasing the extraordinary talent and ideas of high school students enrolled in public, private, parochial, alternative, charter or homeschool programs. 

For questions regarding the High Art exhibition please contact Museum Programs Coordinator & High Art Exhibition Curator, Abby Rovaldi at either 508-222-2644 x15 or arovaldi@attleboroartsmuseum.org.

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