2019 Cincinnati Art Club Plein Air Art Competition

The Cincinnati Art Club (CAC) and Cincinnati Parks recently hosted the third annual Greater Cincinnati High School Art Students Plein Air Art Competition. The 2019 High School Plein Air Contest was an educational outreach by the CAC to extend an opportunity for the area’s high school students to work from life in the outdoor environment.

Invitations were sent to all high schools in the Greater Cincinnati area to nominate student artists to enter the contest; there were 31 entrants, representing 17 different High Schools. The contest took place Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2019 in Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio. The high school artists gathered at Twin Lakes, to work there and in the areas of Presidents’ Grove as well as Upper Overlook. They were expected to use their own artistic expression, with art materials provided through the kind donations of Plaza Artists Materials, Kenwood and Blick Art Materials, Columbus. Mentors from the CAC were on hand to encourage and support the students’ progress.

On Sunday, October 6, 2019 an Exhibition of the completed work and Awards Ceremony was held at the Herman & Bessie Wessel Gallery, Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of the student artists completed more than one piece during the competition and 48 pieces were on display. Recognized professional artists of the CAC judged the submitted artwork for prizes.

Congratulations to Ms. Schorsch’s Studio Art AP 2D Design and Drawing students Elizabeth Pfalz and Alaina Broughton who were selected to represent OHHS Art and Design and participate in this year’s competition.

OHHS Artists Selected to Exhibit at Day of the Girl Cincinnati 2019!

Join us in celebrating the unique potential of girls to change the world!

Day of the Girl is an international observance day declared by the United Nations. The purpose of hosting a local event is three-fold:

1. Increase awareness of inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.
2. Galvanize enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.
3. Foster local engagement – of individuals, organizations and the community. This year’s Cincinnati nonprofit partners are International Partner, CARE International; Cincinnati Partner, Hamilton County Commission on Women and Girls, led by Denise Driehaus; Community Partner: Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati; and Corporate Partner, TEMPOE/Sarah Haucke. This year’s Day of the Girl Cincinnati Team included:  Fatima Ba, Jenny Brady, Maggie Brennen, Ellen Carmichael, Nadya Ellerhorst, Grace Haucke, Sarah Haucke, Jenny Hu, Brionna Jones, Isabella Lambrinides, Bess Lindeman, Mary Rose Lierman, Anna MacLennan, Jillian Meters, Megan Sullivan, Kinsey Sullivan, and Shoshi Stern.

Day of the Girl Cincinnati was founded by Jenny Brady in 2012  The 2019 Day of the Girl Cincinnati Celebration theme is “Speaking Out and Looking In” will be highlighting women’s and girls’ voices on body positivity, inner strength, public leadership and activism, menstrual equity, pay equity and career paths. Through personal stories, lessons learned and words of encouragement, we want to ignite the next generation of leaders and inspire all people to use their voices and harness their inner strength to affect positive change in our communities and our world.

This year, Day of the Girl Cincinnati will be exhibiting the work of some of the strong female artists in our youth community. There have been three students selected for the exhibition from OHHS! Congratulations to Alaina Broughton, Mayson Reperowitz, and Maiya Taft who will be exhibiting at this year’s event!

(From left to right: Maiya Taft, Alaina Broughton, and Mayson Reperowitz)

The event will be taking place at the Sawyer Point Building, 720 East Pete Rose Way.
If you plan to attend, please complete the RSVP form for complimentary registration: https://tinyurl.com/y2t7awvm 

BLINK is back for 2019 and the OHHS National Art Honor Society is gearing up to prepare for this year’s parade!

Returning October 10-13th 2019, BLINK is one of the largest light, art, and projection mapping events in the nation. The four-day event features large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, media light and interactive art in Cincinnati, OH. BLINK spans 30+ city blocks, from the Kentucky River Banks to Cincinnati’s Findlay Market. Food and beverages are available at the event. BLINK is free and open to the public – no tickets are required.
The OHHS NAHS was a part of the inaugural parade in 2017 and will be participating again this year!
This year NAHS is stepping up their game and constructing a 30-foot human-powered illuminated “Nessie” float AND creating lighted lanterns in eyeball and bubble designs that our parade participants will carry. NAHS members, and students from Mr. Couch’s Advanced AutoCAD class, have been hard at work since the beginning of the school year to make our contribution to the BLINK parade dazzle. Check out the progress here:
Team Nessie Float:
Team Eyeball Lantern:
The parade will take place on October 10th at 7:30 pm and will travel from 8th & Vine St. down Vine to W. Freedom Way at the Banks. Be sure to mark your calendars for this amazing event and cheer the OHHS Highlander community on as they pass by.
Learn more about BLINK here: BLINK Cincinnati

The 2019 Memory Project: Creating Portraits of Kindness for Nigerian Children

“The Memory Project” is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty. Over the past four years, Drawing and Printmaking and NAHS students have created over 200 portraits for children in Madagascar, the Philippines, and Syrian refugees in Jordan, Puerto Rico, and the Rohingya in Rakhine.

This year, students at OHHS will be creating portraits for 45 portraits for Nigerian Children. Nigeria is a country located on the western coast of Africa with a bustling economy and geography as diverse as its people. It is home to over 250 ethnic groups with over 500 languages and a variety of customs and traditions. Since 2014, over 2.4 million Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, living far away from home in fear of the next attack and kidnapping by the terrorist organization. Now, they suffer from additional destruction and displacement caused by warring factions of herders and farmers as they battle over resources, land, and religion.

Still, Nigerian children hope for a safe present and a better future. The portraits the students make for the school children in Nigeria will remind each child of their own strength and beauty; it will show them that someone living far away is paying attention to the challenges that they face. The ultimate goal of the project is to create portraits to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. The project also provides an opportunity for students to practice kindness and global awareness.

“The Memory Project” portraits are created by students enrolled in the Drawing and Printmaking course (grades 9-12). Below are images of the OHHS Drawing and Printmaking students selecting their Nigerian child:

OHHS Art and Design Student Exhibits at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

OHHS Art and Design student, Justin Crofoot, recently received an award for his artistic accomplishment at the VSAO’s Accessible Expressions 2019 art show’s “Day of the Arts for All” ceremony. Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities.

Justin’s award-winning VSAO’s Accessible Expressions artwork will be on display at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, in Lancaster, from September 10- September 30. The artwork will be on view from 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays through Fridays and 1pm-4pm Saturdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information about the Decorative Arts Center, visit http://www.decartsohio.org/

Congratulations to Justin for this achievement for the beautiful work he created!