Immaculate art students make their mark

DANBURY—Immaculate High School sophomores Julia Jamba and Isabella Raduazzo both of Ridgefield, CT have been commissioned to design an art mural for The Art Project in Las Vegas, NV.

The first of an ongoing series of art murals that The Art Project will produce, Jamba and Raduazzo’s mural will be on display at Booker Elementary in Las Vegas, NV upon completion.  Jamba and Raduazzo’s design, consisting of an intergalactic space theme, was selected over submissions from higher education institutions and other high schools throughout the country.

Jamba and Raduazzo, along with other students in the Immaculate Graphic Design II class submitted design concepts and artwork that was reviewed by a selection committee including The Art Project founder Kristin Richmond, and Booker Elementary school administrators. “It is beyond exciting that Immaculate was the first to submit mural entries and their work was the ones to be chosen,” offers Richmond. “Now from across the country, the talented design by Immaculate students will be seen by many and will benefit my local community here in Nevada.”

All mural designs will be transferred to canvases via projection by local Las Vegas, NV artist Richmond who hopes to bring awareness to the community organizations that will house each of the murals on display. Jamba and Raduazzo’s mural will consist of 30 canvases total, in a grid pattern.  Once the design is outlined on canvas completed by Richmond, students of Booker Elementary will paint the mural in a style similar to filling in a coloring book. After the mural is finalized in a studio it will be delivered back to Booker Elementary for display for the upcoming academic year. A commemorative plaque size version of the mural will be presented to Immaculate.

The partnership between Immaculate and The Art Project was fostered Winter 2022 when Immaculate assistant principal, Steven Santoli connected Graphic Design teacher, Samantha Kohler and students to The Art Project after seeing an advertisement for mural submissions online.  Kohler shares, “I knew we as a school would be very proud of what the students would produce. I am pleased The Art Project saw their talent and will spotlight their work in this way.”

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School also allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, service to others, and personal goals.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is a Diocesan-sponsored independent school.