Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017

Dream comes true for HHS student

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Harvard High School senior Morgan Logan works on a clay project at the school. HML PHOTO BY RHONDA MIX

A dream came true for Harvard High School student Morgan Logan a few months ago when the senior received a scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a college associated with Chicago’s famed and prestigious art museum.

“I’m really happy about it,” Logan said during a recent interview. “The school is close to home and is one of the best. It’s the second best art school in America, behind Yale, and it’s tied with the Rhode Island School of Design.”

Logan said she has loved art her whole life and has enjoyed taking a variety of art classes during her time spent at HHS with art teacher Suzanne Hereley.

Currently, she is enrolled in Hereley’s advanced art class and also is working on an independent study project revolved around painting. Though she said she enjoys working with all mediums of art, she said she prefers to work with anything two-dimensional – including painting, drawing and digital editing.

“I want to get a graphic design degree in illustration and maybe minor in something like Spanish,” she said of her career goals for the future.

Hereley said she is very proud of Logan whom she believes has taken the initiative and made her dreams come true on her own.

“She’s taken all her art classes with me, and last year she decided one goal was to go to art school,” Hereley said. “I helped her work on her portfolio. She has done a lot of different independent studies and works on things she wants to do. She’s a very dedicated and hardworking student who is enthusiastic about trying new things. I love her enthusiasm for art.”

Hereley also said, in an age when pursuing a career in a field such as art is often discouraged, Logan still has her mind set on that particular career path.

Both women agree that arts education is vital to students.

“Studio work is a different way of working involving hands-on learning,” Hereley said. “There is brain research that shows that art promotes innovative and creative learning. Moving into the 21st century, you are going to have to [get creative experience] for the field you want to work in, and in classes such as art … is where I see value. And this applies to all the arts, including music and dance.”

Logan also is a stout supporter of keeping art alive and well in schools.

“It would be bad if you just had to take math and science,” she said, laughing. “For some people who are creative, they think band and chorus are big deals [and the programs should continue]. But art should be big too.”

Logan will begin classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the fall.