In 2016, the National Society of Arts and Letters voted to allow students age 14-18 to become Chapter members during their participation in a chapter-affiliated high school program/project. The NSAL-St. Louis Chapter created a student program at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, under the leadership of Art faculty member William Perry, one of the school’s founders. The Student Chapter President was Brandyn Wilkes and the Vice President was Rosa Morales. The picture shows (from left to right) Rosa Morales, Brandyn Wilkes, Guest Instructor Larry Quiggins, Conner Kitchen, Daniel Hamilton, and Lead Art Instructor William Perry.
The Student Chapter presented an exhibition of their artwork, "The Climate of My Mind," at Gallery 210, the art gallery of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The students’ work was on exhibit from April 13 to May 11, 2019, and was shown concurrently with "Hung Together," a show of work by UMSL Faculty and student seniors in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program. The shows were curated by the Director of Gallery 210, Terry Suhre.
“I like being a member of NSAL because of all the experiences that it brought me and all of the opportunities it exposed me to. And my experience at the Gallery 210 was amazing, just to be surrounded by art that I can relate to and connect with deeply.” Arion M.
“I enjoyed being a member of NSAL because I feel like it helped give me a purpose. Doing stuff with art for a reason really made me feel good. Taking classes with Tom Huck was a very beneficial experience. Learning about sketchbook practices and being in an art workshop environment like that was cool. It made me feel I was very official.” Trent