Twelve students, four teachers, and Mrs. Pansy Morton travelled to Greensboro to visit the studio of artist Jim Gallucci. Gallucci is creating a sculpture that will be the newest addition to the Hugh Morton Jr. Collection of Art. Gallucci's sculpture will be installed in the Hugh Morton Jr. Courtyard behind the Fine Arts Center this spring.
Renowned artist Bob Timberlake established the Collection at Ravenscroft in memory of his good friend and colleague Hugh Morton Jr. in 1997. Morton’s wife, Pansy, taught Spanish at the school for many years, and the couple’s son, Jack ’96, is an alumnus.
During their visit to Gallucci's studio, students had the opportunity to bend and hammer steel with the use of a forge and large hammers, and many of them took turns pounding steel into the shape of a leaf, shoe horn, or hook.
The students who participated on this trip were: Megan Klinck '17, Isabelle Ricke '17, Tate Russell '18, Mary Hannah Sigmon '17, Hannah El Gamal '17, Alexandra Kansler '17, Austin Morin '15, Sydnie Schwarz '16, Claudia Bailey '15, Caitlin Given '14, Bella Kron '13, and Rebecca Powell '14.
Each year, a committee of students and faculty visits art venues throughout North Carolina and the East Coast in search of artwork to purchase and add to this collection. The collection is on permanent display in the Middle and Upper School Library & Technology Center. The current collection includes paintings, photographs, ceramics, prints, fiber art, and hand-printed art books, all of which are used as teaching tools for visual art classes.