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Beyond the Black and White: Living Color

Paint Myself Viridian by Amelia Burton

Submitted By: Amelia Burton, Grade 12, FHS

Media: Acrylic Paint

Artist’s Statement: This piece is part of my concentration portfolio for AP Studio Art in which I explore my personal journey to acceptation my identity as a lesbian. Part of this journey was confusing my feelings of attraction for jealousy, which this piece "Paint Myself Viridian" best exemplifies. The color pink represents myself, and the green is symbolic for the girl I envy after, and here I try to paint myself to be more like her, even though this will never make me happy because, in actuality, I want to be with her, not like her.

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Paint Myself Viridian by Amelia Burton


The Project: Beyond the Black and White

Beyond the Black and White is a district-wide project that aims to highlight the diverse accomplishments of Framingham Schools’ students through exhibitions of and about student work. Through a weekly distribution featuring different articles, we plan to showcase the incredible variety of talent, passion, and stories that make Framingham unique. Though the content will be moving and inspiring, our name reminds readers of the hope that they will look beyond the black and white words on the page and appreciate the people, named or unnamed, behind each piece.

We hope to celebrate not only students who are often appreciated for their academic or extracurricular achievement, but those with a wide range of different abilities, particularly students who have not been recognized. After all, diversity is a foundation for Framingham Schools!

The Category: Living Color

We aim to recognize artistically talented students who work in many media, beyond simply traditional art media or genres such as painting or realism. While this work is obviously wonderful and welcome for submission, we want to show that art can be uncomfortable and raw while also being beautiful. Artwork can be either two or three-dimensional, and we encourage art of any and all levels. Students should not feel like they need to have an extensive art background in order to submit.

Staff and students are invited to submit in any of the 7 categories of Beyond the Black and White to feature creative work and accomplishments. Learn more: