Student art brightens Central Office

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 06:19 PM

Typically, the hallways of the Union County Public Schools Central Services building are quiet. That stillness was broken recently when Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis hosted student artists and their families during the first Superintendent’s Student Art Showcase reception.

Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, principals, and community leaders joined with the student artists to celebrate their work.

At each of the school system’s 53 schools, the school’s art teacher selected two pieces of artwork to represent the school in the Superintendent’s Showcase.

The artwork is submitted to Mrs. Candy Stufflebeam who serves as the collection’s curator. The pieces are matted and framed using frames that are recycled year-to-year to minimize cost. The artwork is displayed throughout the hallways of the Central Services building.

Being able to meet the young artists was especially interesting for Central Services employees who walk past the artwork countless times every day.

“I glance at the painting by Shaye Stegall, a 10th grader from Marvin Ridge High School, every day when I come to work because it’s next to my office,” said Human Resources Specialist Lorayn DeLuca. “It was really nice to be able to meet Shaye and to be able to talk to her about her artwork.”

Student artwork from UCPS schools has decorated Central Services for several years. In the past, students were invited to stop by and see their work. This year, Dr. Mary Ellis established the Superintendent’s Student Art Showcase to meet the young artists and publically honor their work.

 “We have the opportunity to recognize students for their academic performance through Honor Rolls, Spelling Bees, and Academic Excellence Awards,” said Dr. Ellis. “We recognize students for their athletic performances with championships and trophies. I am excited that we now have a new opportunity to recognize students for their visual art abilities.”

The student artists, their parents, principals and art teachers were invited, as well as Union County Board of Education members, Union County Commissioners and Union County Community Art Council Board members.

“I’m very proud of our students,” said Porter Ridge Middle School Principal Bashawn Harris during the art showcase. “It is great to participate in this event and have our students’ artwork honored by our superintendent and community leaders.”

During the Showcase, guests were invited to walk the hallways looking at the artwork, take pictures and enjoy light refreshments in the Central Services Board Room.

 Photographs were taken of each student with his or her artwork for display on the UCPS Facebook page (

 The artwork will be displayed in Central Services until December of 2014.


• This article was provided courtesy of the Communications Office of the Union County Public Schools.