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QACHS Visual Arts Teen of the Week — Jenna Hauser

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CENTREVILLE — It seems like just yesterday when Jenna Hauser was named first place artist for the entire State of Maryland at First Lady Yumi Hogan’s 4th annual statewide art exhibition at the House of Delegates in Annapolis.

This sparked an incredible display of work from Jenna at Queen Anne’s County High School’s first ever ArtScene last spring, in addition to contributing artwork to Haven Ministries’ Art for your Home Service-Learning project with other classmates and art department chairman, Stephanie Zeiler.

Jenna is a senior at Queen Anne’s County High School. This past year of big accomplishments and exciting new changes in the arts in Queen Anne’s County helped her also become part of the district’s first ever inaugural inductee class of the National Honor Society at QACHS, serving as vice president. Jenna also enrolled in the district’s first ever Advanced Placement Studio Art class for this spring. Another first for the county and an intensive endeavor that Supervisor Michael Bell said will prepare her for art school.

“Bringing AP Studio Art courses to the district levels the playing field for our student artists out there,” Bell said. “Now they can receive college credits in art, have the opportunity to build the kind of portfolio colleges are looking for, all filled with personal work that allows them to express themselves in authentic ways in their own authentic voice. This opportunity for Jenna is important, because she plans to go off to college and major in art.”

“Art isn’t just a class for Jenna, she sees it as life,” said Zeiler. “She plans to attend art school next year, hopefully SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) or RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), which are her top two choices.”

Jenna understands her role in history here at Queen Anne’s County, and expressed this to her teacher recently.

“As someone who has always aspired to be a professional artist, I have learned the true importance of practice and dedication,” Jenna said. “Through constant experimentation, and trial and error, I try to show growth in every piece, not only as an artist but as a person.”

This year she strives to take her art to the next level. Zeiler put a further exclamation point on the high praise she has for this young lady, saying, “Jenna is not only one of the most technically skilled artists that have come through QACHS, she also is creative and kind. Before she even came to us she was researching and practicing new techniques to constantly become a more proficient artist. Now she is learning to take that mastery an apply it to conceptually challenging artwork.”

“We look forward to seeing her work at ArtScene 2020 this spring on Tuesday, April 21, and know this will be another banner year for the arts in Queen Anne’s County,” Bell said.

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