OHHS Art and Design Students Selected for the 2021 OAEA Emerging Artist Show

The OAEA (Ohio Art Education Association) High School Show showcases Ohio’s Emerging Artist artistic efforts. The Emerging Artist show is dedicated to showcasing artistic efforts of students who have only had the chance to take one or two art classes in high school. The competitive professional forum is intended to prepare young artists for their creative future in college or in an art career. This showcase is designed to inspire new artists to excel in areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, computer art, photography, and printmaking. Everyone involved should be proud of the students who inspire, creative thinking, problem-solving and skillful techniques.  

This year’s exhibition showcases 135 works of art by students in grades nine through eleven from across the state. The work will be on display from October 4th through November12th, 2021, at the Columbus College of Art & Design.   

Congratulations to the following students from Ms. Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking and Painting and Public Art classes for being selected to exhibit at this year’s Emerging Artist show.

Raegan Louis, “Blooms”
Sophia Osborne, “Childhood Memories”
Mia Schorsch, “Infinite Sadness”
Leah Stolla, “My Name is Malala”
Sarah Young, “Precious”

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OHHS Art and Design Teacher Exhibiting at DAAPmade 2!

OHHS Art and Design teacher, Jamie Schorsch, recently had her work “Persephone” selected for the DAAP Made 2 Exhibition!

The exhibition is a showcase for the talents within and the alumni of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (UC DAAP). The curated exhibition of contemporary artwork highlights work created by DAAP alums, professors, emeriti, and graduate students using diverse media and techniques with a focus on innovative trends in Contemporary Art.

Artist Statement

Greek mythology attributes the establishment of seasons to the Goddess Demeter, who brings about barren soils and withering crops during the months of her daughter Persephone’s departure and blooms and new life upon her return from Hades. “Persephone” is an autobiographic intrinsic, and extrinsic, evaluation of the personal experiences and concepts of the seasons of life. The lexicon of floral imagery is rooted in symbolism related to the analysis of personal life events that have impacted the construction of my own identity. The narrative piece constructs a conceptual and visual dialogue based upon the dichotomous nature of life, much like the branching of flora themselves. The left side of the double portrait is populated by fallen leaves, sticks, and the cypress; a plant commonly associated with death, mourning, despair, and sorrow. Through varying religions, mythologies, and philosophies, the left side is often associated with darkness, or emergence from darkness, and represents seasons of life characterized by bleakness. The flora on the right side serves to counterbalance the season of despair through the incorporation of azaleas, dandelions, and celandines. Azaleas serve as a representation of gratitude, temperance, and womanhood while the celandines represent joys to come. The dandelion, incorporated for its association with overcoming hardships, is represented both in bloom and in decay in order to emphasize the cyclical nature of the ascending and descending phases of life. To echo the symbolic dialogue, the rendering style on the left of the image is mechanical and desaturated in an effort to emphasize the sense of decay while the right is softly saturated and chromatic to allude to the vibrancy of life. The bird depicted, the Nuthatch, was specifically selected for its symbolic representation of cycling through processes of life events. The Nuthatch serves as a moderator between the phases of life and stands in confrontation with the season of despair or as an observer of the “duet of shade and light” within one’s life.

“Persephone”

There will be an exhibition opening reception from 6-9pm on September 3rd, 2021, and the showcase will run through October 2nd at the Indian Hill Gallery located at 9475 Loveland Madeira Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

OHHS Art and Design Teacher Exhibiting at the Martindell Gallery

OHHS Art and Design teacher Bridget Dignan-Cummins will be exhibiting a series of ceramic pieces at the Martindell Gallery at Queen City Clay!

“Significant Sites” is a series of ceramic relief tiles subtractively carved to represent locations which hold personal significance in her life or in the lives of those she loves. She finds the process of subtractively carving the clay to mimic how the memories have now etched grooves in her moldable brain, hardened, as if frozen in time. The imagery, absent of figures, captures a sense of realism as well as the blur that comes from recalling a ‘vivid’ memory. The border serves as a window for outsiders to peer into the moment and imagine themselves there.

The exhibition will be on display from September 3rd thru October 15th, 2021at the Martindell Gallery at Queen City Clay located at 2700 Highland Ave., Norwood, OH, 45212 An opening reception will take place on September 3rd from 5pm-8pm.

2021 Summer “Celebrating Art” OHHS Art and Design Students to Be Published

“Celebrating Art” is devoted to the promotion and appreciation of student art. The intent of their student art contest is to motivate student artists. The top entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative works of today’s student artists.

Students recently submitted work and 20 OHHS Art and Design students were invited to be published in the Summer 2021 “Celebrating Art”!  Only the best art is selected to be included in the full-color hardbound art book, “Celebrating Art”. Additionally, final judging for “Top Ten Artist” and “High Merit Artist” awards will be completed and announced soon. The following students should feel honored. This is not a contest where every entry is invited to be published and is a highly selective competition. Thousands of entries were not invited to be published. Being published represents a lot of talent, hard work, and dedication from students.

Congratulations to the following students:

From Dignan-Cummins’ Ceramics, Honors Enamels, Mosaic, and Glass, and Studio Art AP 3D Design classes:

Xander Chirumbolo-McKee
Claudia Cliffe
Madison Coster
Jamie Damico
Ella Goodman
Jenna Rogozinski
Chad Smith

From Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking, Painting and Mixed Media, and Studio Art AP 2D Design and Drawing classes: 

Kylee Adams
Chloe Doerger
Henry Groh
Skylei James
Rebecca Kaiser
Flynn Koehler
Grace McGowan
Chloe Meadows
Erin Olakanmi
Sophia Osborne
Marshall Shorten
Nick Turner
Sarah Young