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Hilton Head Island High School Students' Artwork Featured as Part of Public Mini Mural Exhibition

April 26, 2022

Artwork created by Hilton Head Island High School's visual arts students are on display at locations around the Island as part of a temporary public art installation focusing on local history and ecology.

The Office of Cultural Affairs for the Town of Hilton Head Island partnered with Hilton Head Island High School to install and highlight the students' works at Jarvis Creek Park, the Sailing and Rowing Center at Squire Pope Community Park, and the Island Recreation Center. The works will be on display through September 12, 2022.

Monique Dobbelaere, the school’s arts teacher led the students in their work as part of a Gullah art unit and mural arts unit with support from acclaimed local artist Amiri Farris. As part of an artist-in-residence program, Farris came to the school to work with the students and teach them about his signature painting style. The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry funded this artist-in-residency and public art installation.

The students were assigned to create designs inspired by Hilton Head Island’s unique history and ecology. Forty-five students submitted pieces that were juried by the members of the Arts Council of Hilton Head. The council selected 24 pieces for the public installation. The students and their works represented in the public installations are:

Interviews with the student artists or teaching artists may be scheduled through Jenn McEwen, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, at 843-341-4703 or For more information about the project, visit

About the Artists:

Monique Dobbelaere has been an arts educator for 21 years at Hilton Head Island High School and the Memory Project Coordinator for Beaufort County Schools for 17 years. She teaches all levels of painting, drawing and IB art and has published articles for SchoolArts Magazine, which features students’ works.

Amiri Geuka Farris is a contemporary, multidisciplinary artist who uses a wide range of work encompassing painting, drawing, video, performance and installation. Farris received his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration and graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The Town of Hilton Head Island Office of Cultural Affairs works to promote and support Hilton Head Island as a vibrant cultural destination that enriches our diverse community. We strive for the island to be recognized as a vibrant and distinctive destination known for its unique arts and culture assets that serve a diverse community and create a richer quality of life. For more information, visit

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Carolyn Grant, Communications Director