The Visual Arts program is for students considering a career in the arts, students considering further art education in college, and students who may simply find an extended art program personally fulfilling. The program features unique opportunities at a level not available in other high schools. NEM art students will complete a minimum of 6.5 credits in art including 'Art Survey' and 'Drawing & Painting'.
NEM Juniors and Seniors have the unique opportunity to take Art classes through City Arts, which includes glass blowing, silversmithing and fiber arts. Upperclassmen can also enroll in college level art courses at WSU. NEM students also have the opportunity to exhibit their work on a regular basis: Wichita Center for the Arts, Friends University, Bank of America, Arts Partners, City Arts, and many local galleries.
NEM students produce several awards at the Kansas Scholastic Art Contest. NEM students have been recognized nationally in areas of computer art, painting, ceramics, and digital photography. Students have attended or are attending the Parsons School of Design in New York, the Kansas City Art Institute, Colorado and Rhode Island Institutes of Art. Many students are on scholarship at Wichita State University and other state universities. The NEM art magnet even has the honor of a Gates Millennia Scholar, Yasmin Henderson. A scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will provided for her full tuition and books thru her doctorate. Yasmin was the first student in Kansas to receive this scholarship.
The Art Department has a host of very active partners including Wichita State University, Friends University, Newman University, City Arts, Urban League, the Wichita Art Museum, Wichita Center for the Arts, the City of Wichita, other colleges and universities, and various practicing artists and art associations.
Bus Stop Community Art Project ~ 21st & Chautauqua