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Boardman “high art” teacher to have one-woman show at Jewish Community Center

January 29, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Boardman High School art teacher Jenna Hudock has her own artwork on display in a one-woman show at the Jewish Community Center on Gypsy Lane from now to March 5.

The show, which opened Jan. 16, is called "Dissonance and Distortion" and contains 16 pieces from Hudock.

Hudockis a graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High School in Summit County. Even at a young age she was focused on art. She said she developed an interest while in elementary art classes.

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Boardman High School Art teacher Jenna Hudock will showcase paintings from GOLDEN Educators Residency in her own exhibit at the Youngstown Jewish Community Center.

"I remember the posters of master artists my teacher had hanging on the stage art room," she said. "She was great, we did plaster sculptures as well as black and white solar exposure photography with a hand built "camera" using an oatmeal container."

Hudock's parents noticed the passion for art their daughter had and they were very supportive. They allowed her to take private drawing lessons and eventually oil painting instructions from a neighboring artist.

In high school she took most of the offered art classes, even summer art workshops. It was in Art 2 that she realized she enjoyed giving her peers advice on their own artwork, and that they respected her constructive criticism. Growing up in the Akron area also gave her exposure to the Akron Art Museum, where she volunteered for a youth program in High School.

"I was an art student, I minored in art in high school," she said. "I was a Scholastics Art recipient several times in HS, and more importantly, had a piece in the Governor's show my sophomore year (highly competitive)."

After graduation, Hudock chose Kent State University because they have such a terrific Art Education program. At KSU she could still be close to home and saw the potential of an art community in the Kent area. She was a recipient of a competitive scholarship "The Creative Artist Award" through the KSU Honors College. This was a four year scholarship paying for room and board. It also allowed her the benefits of being in the Honors College, such as early registration. She graduated in good standing with cum laude.

"I went into teaching right away, in Cuyahoga Falls," she said. "Boardman hired me in 2016 when the district made Center an intermediate school. I was hired to teach art part time. A year later, a position opened up at the High School. I've been teaching Digital Arts classes there since 2017 full time. Last year, 2019, I received tenure. It was the same day that I'd been notified as having been selected for the Golden Educators Residency."

Hudock recently spent two weeks at the GOLDEN Educators Residency in upstate New York, where she was one of only three teachers nationwide accepted into that prestigious summer program. Artwork Hudock created there will be featured at the present show at the Jewish Community Center.

How Hudock got the honor of the New York trip began when she received emails about the Residency and it peaked her interest, because she'd recently finished a body of work. Her credentials were also impressive and helped bring her name to the top of the list. She had received her Master of Arts in Art Education from YSU in spring 2017 with a painting exhibition that spring as well. From YSU she graduated with a 4.0 with several Dean's scholarships.

As for the Golden Educator's Residency, she said there were 200 applicants from across the U.S.

For the application she had to submit a portfolio of eight pieces, write a letter of intent and send along a letter of referral. Further, to apply, candidates had to have at least one student win a "key" award in Scholastics that year.

At the residency, which was in New Berlin, New York, Hudock said she was treated like family by the Golden family.

"They have a factory, Golden Artists colors, and run a foundation that supports painting residents," Hudock said. "They only offer the educator residency one time a year. They fed us from a five star restaurant, allowed 24-hour access to studio space, our own private quarters, as well as shared living spaces. We also received a $1,000 gift card to use on the Golden Artist Colors. We had a few workshops, a few dinner parties meeting local art teachers, as well as scholastic employees. They also gave us a tour of the factory. It was set in the country, with a lot of space to take walks, enjoy sunsets, and the view of the foothills. The residency itself is in a large converted chicken barn."

She said the residency has given her some authentic validation as a painter. Although she submitted artworks to local shows, such as the Hoyt, the YWCA women's show, The Trumbull Art Gallery regional juried exhibition, the Butler Area Artsits Shows, The YSU Festival of the Arts, and the Butler Midyear National Juried shows, this was her biggest application yet (since the high school scholarship).

"I feel pride, and I feel validated as a contemporary artist. I've always loved teaching art, it's the job for me, so having been to the residency is just a fun way to brag a bit," she said.



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