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Art Instructors

 

Mr. Vaughn T. Holsey has been an art teacher and chair of the Fine Arts Department since 1992. He received his MA in Art Education from George Washington University and a BS Degree in Fine Arts from Morgan State University. Along with his teaching duties, Mr. Holsey is the moderator of the Art Club, Ping-Pong Club and the BSU which helps young men to be brothers to stand united. He also attends service trips and talks to students about his life's experiences which are invaluable for students to hear. In addition to this, he helps to coordinate and participate in the highly successful Annual Art and Photography Exhibit with his colleague in the Art Department, Photography teacher Mr. Edward Potskowski.

Mr. Holsey's style of artwork over the years has gone from abstract, in which the subject is no longer recognizable, to genre painting art depicting everyday scenes, and back to abstract. Since the early 1990's, Mr. Holsey has exhibited his artwork all over the metropolitan area, especially in Montgomery County. In 1990, eight of his paintings were featured in the Montgomery County Executive Office Building for Black History Month. He also painted murals in seven schools over the last twenty years.

In 2017, Mr. Holsey was honored for his Twenty-Five years of service to DeMatha.

His colleague, Mrs. Julie Penndorf remarked,“ DeMatha is imprinted with the work of Vaughn Holsey, and the school reflects that daily. He has inspired us to live our own lives seeing the beauty that God has painted into them. He lives his life with love, with purpose, and with an unmatched sense of joy that radiates all around him.” Kahali Yilma once remarked : “Mr. Holsey is a man who loves his job, he brought me back into the art world and he taught me to express myself through art. He also taught me that everything is art and that everything is a gift from God.” Myles Alston and Brent Wilkerson remarked that “ Mr. Holsey had an impact on us because you could go into his class and have discussions about what was going on in the world and you could talk to him about anything, even though it was an art class. You learned a lot more than art.”

Mr. Holsey currently teaches Fundamentals of Art, Advanced Art, Drawing, Painting and Ceramics. He has eight paintings and six mid-medium illustrations in print, including his “Giclee Prints” which are available in limited quantities.

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