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AP Student Art Exhibit selects UCS student work as among top 30 in the nation
AP Student Art Exhibit selects UCS student work as among top 30 in the nation
Posted on 08/09/2019
Studio shot of Lauren with award winning photo

A recent Utica Community Schools graduate is among only 30 of the nation’s top student artists to have work selected for a prestigious national exhibit.

Lauren Seymour, a 2019 graduate of Eisenhower High School, had her photograph “American Epidemic” selected from approximately 1.5 million individual pieces reviewed for the Advanced Placement Studio Art Exhibit.

“Our entire community congratulates Lauren for her commitment to excellence,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “Her work demonstrates the creative talent, professionalism and high standards that are nurtured every day by our teachers in UCS classrooms.”

Seymour’s work will be featured in the traveling exhibit which includes stops at the Chauncey Conference Center in New Jersey and the AP Annual Conference in 2020.  Her 2019 art teacher was Nancy Druia.

Seymour’s selected photo reflected her goal to have others express themselves and not hide what they consider flaws.

“It shows that people don’t need to hide themselves because there are other people out there who feel the same way,” she said.

Seymour received the top score – 5 – on her AP portfolio. AP scores of 3 to 5 are generally accepted for credit among the nation’s top universities and colleges.

Seymour is attending Grand Valley State University in the fall to major in photo journalism and photography.

"Lauren is very intuitive and is extremely original,” Druia said.  “She worked incredibly hard and enthusiastically to complete a comprehensive and sophisticated portfolio."