Alverno High School AP Art Students Celebrate Art Exhibit in Sierra Madre

Emma Andres
Isabella Dominguez

Over the course of the last year, four Alverno High School students have been working incredibly hard to complete their Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art Portfolios featuring a variety of different works of art. On Friday, May 13, each of the students had the opportunity to showcase a small collection at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre.

Seniors Emma Andres, Isabella Dominguez, Cynthia Lee, and Ciara Madigan have each created a portfolio featuring 24 pieces of original art that ranged from collage to photography to sketching to painting. From this larger collection, each student selected a handful of pieces that

Cynthia Lee

would be shown at the exhibit opening on Friday, May 13. That evening, the girls set up an Artists’ Reception that welcomed their friends, family, classmates, and members of the local community to view the beautiful and unique work they have created since August.

“Showcasing their work is such a monumental part of creating these portfolios,” said Tim Lewis, AP Studio Art Teacher and Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair. “Through the entire process, these young artists learn the value of not only creating incredibly vibrant and innovative pieces of art, but also the importance of being able to relate

Ciara Madigan

that work and passion to someone seeing it for the first time. The pieces they have created are unique and I look forward to seeing the direction their art takes as they move on to college next year.”

Emma Andres’ body of work was a sequence of vibrant and abstract pieces using bodily figures and their relationship to shapes and other geometric elements. “I wanted the collection as a whole to represent diverse states of mind and the possibilities of the imagination,” she said. Emma will be attending the University of California, Irvine in the fall.

The work of Isabella Dominguez was an exploration of her personal interest in Japanese printmaking and ukiyo-e painting. Isabella said about the pieces, “The style of these forms inspires the choice of figures and desire to simplify them.” After graduating, Isabella will be attending the University of La Verne.

For her portfolio, Cynthia Lee studied and researched medical journals and artists anatomy books. “When I was creating my pieces, I was looking to demonstrate the way in which anatomical illustrations use a layered approach to drawing the human form,” she said. Cynthia will be attending Newcastle University in England next year.

Finally, Ciara Madigan’s concentration was on the exploration of design elements that childlike objects make when put together using design, photography, and collage. Ciara said, “The intention of my portfolio is to bring about feelings of nostalgia and a sense of loss of childhood.” Ciara will be attending Whittier College in the fall.

In addition to the Creative Arts Group, these young women also had their art showcased at Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Pasadena office and the Robert Graham Memorial Gallery at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels this year. Every venue allowed them to feature a different set of pieces from their portfolios.

“The thoughtfulness, talent, and passion that these young women put into creating their art for this exhibit is a testament to their commitment and love of the arts. Alverno High School is incredibly proud of these young women for the beautiful works they have created,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “Emma, Isabella, Cynthia and Ciara are not only talented artists but incredible scholars whose academic excellence and artistic endeavors have been recognized as members of the National Art Honor Society. Alverno was thrilled to have their art on display at the Creative Arts Group and we thank them for this wonderful opportunity.”

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a progressive Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 3,600 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit



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