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BCA students place in art competitions

Published on Thursday, April 21, 2020

alex driskell's art  gillian pigg's art

BCSD provided photos / Alex Driskell's piece is on the left and Gillian Pigg's is on the right.

Two Berkeley Center for the Arts students recently received accolades for their artwork.

Freshman Gillian Pigg and junior Alex Driskell placed in separate art competitions. Both have been active young artists for a few years.

The Berkeley Center for the Arts is Berkeley County School District's first arts magnet program established on the secondary level. It is housed on the campus of Goose Creek High School.

Freshman Gillian Pigg was recently awarded Best in Show at the Converse College Young Women in Art juried show. The gallery reception had to be cancelled but she was still recognized for the award.

Her piece is a snake drawing done with Prismacolors and charcoal. She used a pop of green color to give the piece more dimension.

Pigg has been an active artist since middle school. Beyond high school, she is thinking about working independently as an artist as well as working in conjunction with other companies for animations and illustrations.

Pigg said she misses school.

“I miss the environment of the art classes so much because those were the main classes that I looked forward to,” she said, “and being surrounded by so any creative people was just so much fun all the time.”

She said she gets a lot of support from her parents as well as her art teachers, Kirsten Kelly and Shannon Boyd.

“They are both so great,” she said. “I am so grateful for them. I wouldn’t be able to produce such great things without them.”

Driskell placed in the Top 10 for the South Carolina Atlantic Institute Art Competition. The competition will host a Zoom awards ceremony in June to announce the final placing of students.

Driskell is a BCA junior and an active member of National Art Honors Society.

The theme of the competition was “embracing differences and encouraging uniqueness.” Driskell created a digital piece that shows two people – one black and one white – facing each other, and their gaze creates bridge, symbolic of bridging a gap between differences.

Driskell has been an active artist since sixth grade and hopes to pursue animation beyond high school.

She said Boyd has been a big supporter of her work, and gave high remarks to the impact being a BCA student has made on her as a student.

“It’s something I really appreciate and I definitely recommend it to anyone else,” she said.

Monica Kreber