Student artists in the Form of 2023 contribute works to the SPS Permanent Collection.
BY IAN ALDRICH
If you’ve found yourself in the Lindsay Center for Mathematics and Science during the month of June, you might have taken notice of something new in the building. It has nothing to do with the innovative “green” technology that powers much of the Center or some sparkling piece of scientific equipment. In fact, it has nothing do with science or math at all.
And that is kind of the point.
On a first floor wall near the main staircase hangs a three-part painting by Samantha Seeley ’23. A 17-year-old Massachusetts native who’s attending the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the fall, Seeley and Ella Raniolo ’23 each made original art pieces as part of their work in AP Portfolio Drawing and Painting. Both students then donated their creations to the School’s Permanent Collection, which comprises original artwork by students and alumni.
Fine Arts Teacher and Arts Department Head Leigh Kaulbach, who oversaw the two projects along with Arts Teacher Brian Schroyer, says the idea was born in part out of a desire to showcase more student artwork around the grounds.
Noting that the Art Department had exhausted its bank of existing work, Kaulbach says, “We knew it was time to open the doors back up to gathering outstanding student and alumni works and we felt this was a great opportunity.” At the Lindsay Center, the alcove across from the Foucault pendulum just past the main entrance presented the ideal space to showcase a large student piece. After speaking with Science Department Head Julie Cepiel and Math Department Head Parker Chase about the location, Kaulbach and Schroyer agreed a digital project would work best to fill the space — and that Seeley was just the artist to create it.
Seeley’s finished piece is a digital triptych that Kaulbach says “integrates a scene of the natural world with imagery of the physical body rendered in a highly illustrative, digital style, which mirrors the scientific and technological subject matter studied in the Lindsay building.” Raniolo, meanwhile, took inspiration from the great blue heron, “Hank,” who is frequently found fishing just past the dam below Library Pond. It’s a spot that’s visible through the windows in the Friedman Community Center’s Raffini Commons, which is where Raniolo’s drawing will ultimately hang.