(Mastic Beach, NY) Tylee Trent, a 2018 graduate of William Floyd High School and current student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, was recently commissioned to create artwork for the hallway outside of Central Registration in the district’s main offices as a way to exhibit a more relaxing and welcoming atmosphere for families registering their children for school.
Tylee Trent, a 2018 William Floyd High School graduate, is pictured with Fine Arts Chairperson, Theresa Bianco (center); and Deborah Gurney, Director of Student Services, William Floyd School District, near the new painting adorning the wall outside of the Central Registration office waiting area. Photo Credit: WFSD.
“When I first met with Tylee about my vision, I gave him the freedom to sketch what he felt would make people feel welcome while also incorporating some aspects of our community as well as our school,” said Deborah Gurney, Director of Student Services, William Floyd School District. “Tylee thought the beach would be a good example of a community spot,” she said, adding how she “loves” the finished product as it has “brought the wall to life.”
Tylee, who achieved so much during his time at William Floyd, explained the artwork. “I wanted the mural to represent diversity due to the different cultures within the district so using two children from different backgrounds was one thing I incorporated within the piece,” he said, adding how he wanted to also include Smith Point County Park as it is a community treasure and an area where students like to gather.
Some of Tylee’s accolades at William Floyd include earning “Best in Show” in the Mixed Media category for his “Aquarius Painting” at the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association (SCALA) All-County and Scholarship Show in 2017. He also received an Honorable Mention award at the 2018 show. Additionally, Tylee regularly received the highest rating of “Distinguished” on his art portfolio at the New York State Art Teachers Association Portfolio Project adjudication throughout his time in high school. He also received a perfect score on his AP Advanced Art exam during his senior year.
“I had an amazing experience as an artist at William Floyd,” said Tylee. “I became so close with the art teachers, I looked at them as mother figures and that was something I truly value. The skills I learned were what made me become successful and the love and openness of every classroom was so important to me. The teachers really love what they do and they never fail to show it. Ms. [Erin] Almeida and Ms. [Theresa] Bianco were my family and without them I don’t think I would have loved being an artist as much as I do now.” Ms. Bianco, who also serves as the Fine Arts Chairperson for the district, helped facilitate the project and oversaw Tylee’s work from start to finish.