Since October 2016, Hannah Reynolds '18 has spent her weekends immersed in American art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. As one of a handful of students chosen for the 2016–17 National Gallery of Art High School Seminar—the competitive program accepts only accepts only 15-18 applicants per year from the Washington, D.C.-area—Hannah enjoyed an immersive introduction to art history, museology and museum careers.
Diane Yu, Upper School art teacher, sponsored Hannah for this selective program; Garrison Forest students participating in the National Gallery of Art's program is a GFS tradition—several former GFS students have enjoyed the honor over the past decade. The program is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, and as a member of the 25th anniversary "class," Hannah was part of a group of advanced art students from 14 different high schools around the D.C. region.
From October until February 25, 2017, Hannah studied the theme of American History as seen in Kerry James Marshall's Great America (1994) and Edward Savage's The Washington Family (1789-1796). She also learned about museum careers through behind-the-scenes visits to a variety of museum departments, such as exhibition design, curatorial and education. On the final day of the program, Hannah presented her research and lead Ms. Yu and her family, which included mother and sister Olivia '21, on thematic tours of the galleries.
"Hannah communicated a very thoughtful gallery talk about American History in Art," says Ms. Yu. "I am very proud to have our students participate in this excellent program through the National Gallery of Art."