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Blue Knight Masquerade Hits All the Marks!

On Friday, February 21, 2020, the EHS community gathered for an elegant evening to celebrate Episcopal High School at Blue Knight Masquerade! The 36th annual Auction, held on campus in the spectacular Hildebrand Athletic Center, raised necessary revenue for the School. Co-chairs Elizabeth and Will Galtney, Daryl and Aaron Hoover, and Carol and Gregg Thompson, along with countless volunteers and generous donors, raised an astounding $1.4 million for the School's operating budget.

Decorations Chairs Jennifer Black and Kristi Kincannon worked with Prime Systems, City Kitchen, and Art Attack to transform the Scurlock and Alkek Gyms into an elegant evening full of mystery. Guests arrived in beautiful blue evening gowns, black tie, and fun masks. All enjoyed the evening, while bidding in the Silent Auction for the first part of the evening. After enjoying a gourmet dinner, guests raised their bid cards high for the outstanding Live Auction. All "won big" while supporting EHS. During the Pillars Up portion of the Live Auction, the generous EHS community raised an astounding $230,000 for Episcopal, supporting the Four Pillars.

With our Blue Knight Masquerade complete, EHS is gearing up for Auction 2021 "Light up the Knight." Co-chairs Michelle Juden and Caren McKinnie promise an unforgettable evening as we celebrate all of the ways that EHS empowers our Knights to find their Inner Genius. To quote Maya Angelou, "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within." Save the date for February 19, 2021.

For the latest "Light up the Knight" news and updates, check the School's website and weekly Windows eNewsletter. If you would like to get involved, contact Debbie Kelley at dkelley@ehshouston.org or Mandy Malone Loper '98 at mloper@ehshouston.org.

Students Examine the Art of Amoako Boafu

Photo by O'Neal, Harriosn '23

Last month, students in the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) gathered after school at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, to tour and discuss Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, a display of paintings created by the 38-year-old Ghanaian artist, Amoako Boafo. As the exhibition’s title suggests, the paintings are portraits of black people, including the artist himself, his friends and family, and even celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Students, accompanied by some of their parents, explored the show with museum docent Janice Warren, who asked questions to prompt reflection and discussion. When Warren explained that the paintings in the exhibition were created between 2016 and 2022, the group recognized how the artist’s style had evolved over that period of time. In contrast to his older work, Boafu’s newer paintings have simpler compositions and bolder, brighter colors, which puts more focus on the figures.  “I liked seeing Amoako Boafo’s progression throughout his career,” shared Callahan Baker ’24.  “I learned how the colors and background can influence the theme of the art.”

Another aspect of Boafu’s work that intrigued the group is how he paints the figures’ skin with his fingers. As a result, the subjects’ bodies are a web of moving lines. “The skin was made from all kinds of brown textures and a bit of blue,” observed O’Neal Harrison ’23. “I learned that even one of the most childish forms of painting can be used to create stunning works of art.”

Boafu’s work not only challenges traditional painting techniques but also ideas about race, identity, and representation. NAHS faculty sponsor Lauren Cunningham was inspired to organize the event after she saw the show this summer. “I was really moved by Boafu’s art, and I wanted students to have an opportunity to take a closer look and explore the deeper meaning.” Mia Tuckwood ’23 attended the tour and commented afterwards, “His art made me think, which is what art is supposed to do. [It was a] very cool experience.”

(left to right) Mia Tuckwood ‘23, James Carter ‘23, Caroline Lile ‘24, Callahan Baker ‘24, McKenna Foteh ‘24, Lucy Katz ‘24, William Citizen ‘23, Townsen Thomas ‘24, O’Neal Harrison ’23