On December 17, Stevenson students launched Home: Places and Spaces—an ambitious, multimedia collaborative virtual art exhibition featuring the songs, videos, and photographs of more than 85 upper division students in choir, AP photography, songwriting, and darkroom courses. 

This vast and innovative creation, dreamed up by upper division visual arts teacher Ms. Whitney Aguiniga and upper division choir director Ms. Willow Manspeaker, called on students to explore a topic that is close to the heart and top of mind for most students learning remotely today: what it means to be at home, and what it feels like to experience the feeling of “home.”

After spending months writing songs, shooting music videos, taking and developing photographs, editing footage, etc, the students curated and launched the exhibition on cutting-edge virtual gallery platform ArtStep. Visitors could tour through the virtual ArtStep gallery space to see the entirety of the exhibition, which organized student projects by medium—and they could explore each piece up close by zooming in on it with the simple click of a button. 

On the opening night of the exhibition, six students spoke about their experience creating work for the show, as well as what they learned from reflecting on the concept of “home” to inspire their art. All of the students described how the process revealed to them that home is not just a physical space—but an intangible sensation, one that they aimed to evoke and recreate in their work.

Ms. Aguiniga explains, “The students did not approach this topic lightly. Home is a privileged refuge for some; while many are currently experiencing displacement, loss, disruption of safety and normalcy, and the line between work and leisure is blurring. We are incredibly proud of students for their thoughtful, sensitive, and critical approach to creating each work.”

As the COVID pandemic carries on, Home: Places and Spaces is an exhibition that will speak to so many—especially those of us who are forced to learn and work from home, where spatial boundaries have become more and more blurred, forcing us to explore what—or who or where—really creates a sense of “home” for us, if not a physical space. If you missed the opening celebration or would like to learn more about the project, stay tuned for an upcoming digital guided tour of the exhibition, which will be held in celebration of its closing in January.

You can do a self-guided tour through the exhibition and enjoy the Artist Talk from the December 17 opening at www.stevensonschool.org/live.