Students' Art Fights AIDS in NYC
Emily Weir

Jan. 8, 2018 — Postcards can be powerful. 

Original postcard-sized artworks created by students in NMH’s AP Design course will help fight HIV/AIDS through “Postcards From The Edge,” a fundraising exhibit by the arts organization Visual AIDS. “I’m always proud when our artwork heads out into ‘the big city’ to be seen and experienced in new ways,” says the course’s teacher, Lauren Scott Corwin.

Some 1,400 postcards created by established and emerging artists will be displayed in New York City’s Gallery 524 Jan. 19–21 and sold for $85 each. All proceeds help produce AIDS-focused contemporary art programs and provide supplies and assistance to artists living with HIV/AIDS, according to the Visual AIDS website.

Corwin says her students could use any medium as long as the resulting artwork was four by six inches in size. Most took the mixed-media route, though some students used digital photographs.

“This was my first experience in having my artwork shown in a gallery, and I felt this was a huge step forward for me as an artist,” says Alex Brooke ’18. Her postcard was a photo of two hands bound by yed yarn. 

The 2018 Visual AIDS exhibition, now in its 20th year, will feature postcards by NMH seniors Victoria Lozano, Kendall Downend, Julia Robertson, Elyse Kassa, Sophie Jones, Mac Donnelly Minshall, and Alex Brooke; and by juniors Amelia Strickland, Sebastian Shin, and Jamie (Trang) Phan.

“Almost every year we’ve done this, just about every student’s piece sold,” Corwin says. “Our students make no money from this, but they learn both that their work benefits this meaningful charity and that someone out there is loving their work.” 

Learn more about the exhibition.

Postcard by Amelia Strickland ’19

Postcard by Elyse Kassa ’18

Postcard by Jamie (Trang) Phan ’19

Postcard by Victoria Lozano ’18