Texas Tech University

Hutchinson Middle School
Artists left to right: Mckaylah Aboohamidi, Maureen Castro, Brooklyn Garcia.

Art Building Studio Gallery, September 28 - November 3, 2019
Reception: Saturday, October 12th, 5:30-7:30 PM
Día de los Muertos Procesíon: Friday, November 1st, 6:30-7:30 PM

Photographs by 22 Hutchinson Middle School students from 2017 and 2018 are included in this exhibition.  Since 2012, Hutchinson Photography students have participated in an elaborate photoshoot during their study of the Día de los Muertos holiday and cultural celebration. Photography students create the backdrops, choose the angles, direct the photoshoots, and apply the editing for the photographs they produce.

Over the last seven years, several other content areas of instruction have been integrated, promoting the interdisciplinary component of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Throughout the Día de los Muertos unit of study, technical theatre students research the holiday, create designs for face painting, paint the designs on one another, and serve as models for the photoshoots. Student work is on display around the community during the holiday celebration. Hutch students create ofrendas, produce photography, build sugar skulls, participate in an entire school "Día De los Muertos Day" with full makeup and attire, and a local high school comes to celebrate with their mariachi band.

Students in the exhibition include: Emma Abdulrahman (2018), Mckaylah Aboohamidi (2018), Claire Brensinger (2018), Zachary Casias (2017), Lailani Perez Castro (2017), Maureen Castro (2018), Brooklyn Garcia (2018), Nellie Herrera Autumn Hillis (2018), (2017), Emme Hocker (2018), Treavon Hutchinson (2018), Za_ni McMurray (2018), Donovan Morin (2018), Ethan Rivera (2018), Jeron Robinson (2017), Jaclyn Rodriguez (2018), Yasmin Ruiz (2018), Amoriz Runnels (2017), Shamesha Tipton (2017), Julia Welsh (2017), Abby Wideman (2018), Nova Willingham (2018).

The exhibition is presented at Texas Tech University in conjunction with the 2019 South Central Regional SPE Conference. Join us for the exhibits reception on Saturday, October 12th from 5:30-7:30 PM.

And join us for the annual city-wide Day of the Dead Procesíon 6:30-7:30 PM on Friday, November 1st.