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Rockford High School

THIS MEMES A LOT TO ME is part of the Youth Collaborative Award Category. This piece explores the relationship between our youth and their most common form of communication these days: their cell phones. Students from Rockford High School, with the help of their teachers, have created this very meme-ingful exhibit! An almost 7-foot enlarged cell phone will be designed and fabricated by students for sharing 32 memes of unsung heroes: known and unknown. The art work of the memes was originally created using various mediums including: chalk pastels, oil pastels, acrylic paint, water color, gouache, collage, digital photography, charcoal, graphite, prisma colored pencils, and computer art. We hope to highlight extraordinary people's inspiring stories through the idea of digital communication and encourage others to also make a positive difference in the world.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 24"
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 45''
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 82''

About Rockford High School

THIS MEMES A LOT TO ME is being created by students in grades 9th-12th at Rockford High School and the Rockford Freshman Center. To collaboratively complete this piece, the students and their teachers utilized STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Working together has allowed students to see how these components can be integrated. Blake Roberts created the Meme Logo and the following students created the portraits and fabricated the phone: Alex Jenkins, Bailey Hendricks, Conner Dedert, Delaney Manier, Ellie Sims, Emma Frizzo, Gabriela Espejo, Hailey Delacher, Hannah Parrott, Heather Buck, Jack Grimm, Jack Richardson, Jacqueline Hagedorn, Julian Kipke, Kaylynn Burke, Kendal Hefner, Lauren Emelander, Mallory Jarett, Maria Bosscher, Megan Lindeboom, Molly Dayton, Olivia Ford, Sawyer Osborn, Shelby Post, Trevor Sweet, Alayna Bowman, Xinlan Zhang, Kayleigh Young, Kayla Brangenberg, Andrea Werkema, and Grace Gohl. Mrs. Melissa Burkholder and her multi-media students created the Key with the unsung heroes and artist statements. Mr. Jeff Hayes translated the names of the unsung heroes in Chinese. RHS Spanish Immersion students and their teacher, Arturo Leon-Vazquez, translated the artist statements in Spanish.