Five Adair County High School students are among thousands of other students from around the country who have created original artworks for a nationwide campaign organized by NASA. Camellia Pearson, Seth Flowers, Jenna Turner, Layla Zech, and Haley Morgan are students in Ms. Cayce Davenport’s advanced art courses at ACHS who each have created an original artwork for the Dream Rocket Project now on display at Mammoth Cave National Park.
The Dream Rocket Project is a national endeavor coordinated by NASA in efforts to encourage scientific and environmental activism or awareness in students. NASA believes that “By exposing kids to the importance of collaboration through multi-disciplinary approaches we hope to inspire them to feel the freedom to DREAM big, THINK big and make a difference.” The selected themes for submissions encourage individuals to expand beyond the present state of the world and imagine our future. Perhaps most importantly, individuals are challenged to imagine their contributions to that future. These individual dreams and aspirations will combine to create a monumental 32,000 square foot work of art, providing a tangible demonstration of the beauty of individuals collaborating to meet universal challenges.
This year’s Dream Rocket artworks illustrate “The World Above & Below,” a theme befitting of the subterranean setting of Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park.
“I am so proud of these kids!" Davenport said when asked about the project. "As an art educator, I come to work for these guys. The individual artistic development of each of my students is what drives my curriculum. The Dream Rocket Project provided an opportunity to challenge a few of the advanced students and a chance to add to their portfolio of work as well as their artistic resume. I am continually surprised and proud of their individual achievements.”
The exhibition on display at Mammoth Cave is free to the public and will run through January 20th, 2018. At its conclusion, the exhibit will travel around the U.S. and be on display at other National Parks venues, ending as a decorative façade for the Space Launch System rocket replica. Launched in 2009, the project is collecting thousands of artworks from various regions of the world. Eventually, all submissions will be connected side by side to wrap the skeleton of a 385 foot Space Launch System (SLS) rocket replica. This wrapped SLS will be placed on temporary exhibit at locations around the United States including the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.
Student Exhibit pieces can be viewed below:
Seth Flowers, "Hallowed Place," Medium: Graphite/Charcoal
Camellia Pearson, "Surprise," Medium: acrylic paint
Layla Zech, "Neon Abnormalities," Medium: spray paint/graphite/ink/gel pen
Haley Morgan, "Subterranean," Medium: spray paint/acrylic paint
Jenna Turner, "We Are Not Alone," Medium: spray paint/acrylic paint