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Students are exploring a new exhibit open this fall in the Perrel Art Gallery.

Springboarding off the Year of Togetherness, this year's theme at Norfolk Academy, the exhibit is titled Growing Together: Iona Drozda and Rick Nickel.

Unfortunately, because of Covid-19 safety protocols, the exhibit is not open to the general public. However, Art Teacher Betsy DiJulio, who curated the exhibit, is excited to have students and classes use it as a learning tool. It will be open to students and faculty from August 25 through October 23. 

Each artists' work is rich with metaphor, DiJulio said. Drozda brings an emphasis on the environment and spirituality; Nickel on social relationships and humor. That opens a door for explorations not just by art classes, but in creative writing, science and environmental studies, psychology, and more.

Both artists have decades of experience, including time as educators. Nickel is an associate professor at Old Dominion University. Drozda founded Wren House Studio School in 2017 and had a solo exhibition of 30 paintings at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2018, among other accomplishments.

The Perrel Art Gallery is one of the visual arts offerings at the John H. Tucker, Jr. Arts Center. In addition to showcasing the work of outside artists, it highlights student work twice a year.


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