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IB Student Art Exhibition at Rowland Heights Community Center March 23

The community is invited to an evening of art, music and food at Rowland Unified School District’s 2017 IB Student Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Rowland Heights Community Center on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m.  The event showcases the artistic talents of 13 senior Nogales and Rowland High School International Baccalaureate (IB) visual art students. A giant gallery will feature these senior students’ solo exhibits displaying 8 to 11 pieces they have created over the past two years in a large variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, digital media and sculpture.  

In addition to artwork, the exhibition will feature music performed by orchestral students from both Nogales and Rowland High Schools, along with treats and refreshments. The Rowland Heights Community Center is located at 18150 Pathfinder Road, at Pathfinder Park, in Rowland Heights.

“We are thankful that the Rowland Heights Community Center has generously offered to host this event for an opportunity for the public to learn more about the International Baccalaureate visual arts program that is available at both Nogales and Rowland High Schools,” said Nogales High School IB Art Teacher Robert Sotelo.

Excitement is high as students put the final touches on their art selections to display.  Most of the students interviewed plan to continue art personally to “relieve stress” as they enter different career fields. From Nogales High School (pictured left to right): Guadalupe Garcia (mixed media/digital art/painting). “My solo exhibit focuses on color and emotion. I plan to continue in art as an animator.” Angelani Perez (painting and pastels) said, “My theme for the show is my dreams. I love to use my imagination and the places my dreams take me.” Perez plans to be a pediatric nurse and has already been accepted to Cal State University Fullerton. Ryan Benitez (pencil drawing) “This is my first time doing anything like this. My theme is political satire – yes, very appropriate right now – and I plan to major in computer science. I have been accepted to CSUF and San Diego and waiting to hear from eight others!”

From Rowland High School (pictured right to left): Nina Chen (paint/collages and ink pencil) “My exhibition explores what it means to be a free spirit. I plan to be a science major, ecology, and keep my art for fun!” Janet Jin (mixed media/pencil/water color/acrylic) “I am interested how humans interact with the environment and how human technology and manufacturing has impacted our environment. I plan to major in environmental studies at UC Davis.” Brittany Yuen (color pencil/acrylic/water color/markers) “My theme is the raw side of human beings and how we are more alike to animals than we think.” She plans to major in biology. (Students are anxiously waiting to receive their college acceptance letters.)

This great event celebrates the talent of our higher level visual and performing art students of Rowland Unified. The exhibition will provide our IB seniors with an opportunity to visually communicate their own expression or voice through their curation of personal artworks," said Rowland High School IB Visual Art Teacher Chablis Bates.                                                                                             

Nogales High School and Rowland High School are part of the Rowland Unified School District and are both International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools. IB curriculum focuses on  offering opportunities for students to become active and caring members of local, national and global communities; they focus attention on the values and outcomes of internationally minded learning and students strive to learn the IB traits of becoming inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. Each year, graduates from both Nogales and Rowland High Schools attend the nation’s top colleges and universities. For more information, please visit

The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve approximately 14,000 students in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina at our award-winning schools. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, the community can download the free Mobile App for iOS and Android phones/devices that has news, school calendars, a safety Tip Line, high school sports news for Nogales and Rowland High Schools, and helpful parent and District resources. Visit or call (626) 965-2541.

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