All Oak Hills High School students electing to enroll in an Art and Design Department course will develop an Appreciation of the Arts, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills, Interdisciplinary Connections, Social and Global Awareness, and Career Preparation related to Visual Communication.
“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 45 OHHS Art and Design students were invited to be published in the Spring 2022 “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 Ambs’ Art Foundations classes:
Zahraa Abuzaara Irem Bakici Scout Estes Candace Middleton Adriana Schupp
From Dignan-Cummins’ Ceramics, Honors Enamels, Mosaic, and Glass, and Sculpture classes:
Aether Meyer Bethany Bachman Brayden Hall Brooke Watkins Carly Shiplett Corey Willett Myla Baldwin-Friedhoff Haley Renner Kelsey Gallagher Leah Stolla Lilly Keith Matthew Burg Madison Kemplin Paige Stockhoff Sarah Bosse Stephanie Herold
From Kopf’s Digital Art Foundations and Painting and Mixed Media classes:
Sophia Boone Matthew Burg Teagan Charles Emma Clark Stephen Haas Gabrielle Joseph Molly Lorenz Layla Salvaggio Mary Shelton
From Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking, Art Foundations, and Studio Art AP 2D Design and Drawing classes:
Anna Ackman Kylee Adams Molly Audretch Sydney Berting Emma Brunner Anna Caito Ellie Cox John Gray Flynn Koehler Raegan Louis Riley Ludwig Sophia Osborne Anne Riley Mars Shorten Sarah Young
Alongside their teacher Ms. Schorsch, OHHS Art and Design students in Drawing and Printmaking worked earlier this year to create artworks in response to “Race and the City” for a special multi-disciplinary exhibition. On May 14th, 2022 an art event showcasing artworks, poetry, and performances from Greater Cincinnati Artists in response to chapters from the book “Race and the City: Work, Community, and Protest in Cincinnati, 1820-1870” will take place at Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church from 2:00-5:00 pm.
Icons of Influence
For “Icons of Influence” students selected an African American icon of society to research who impacted and influenced Cincinnati in a positive way. To begin the task, students reviewed information from Chapter 3 of “Race and the City” and the accompanying virtual book discussion posted online. Students then researched either an individual discussed specifically from Chapter 3 or other historic or contemporary African Americans, that impacted the advancement of this marginalized group of individuals in Cincinnati. To create the image a scratchboard stylus was utilized to capture carefully observed details, textures, highlights, and shadows. A term was selected as a descriptor of the selected icon that was included in the work to summarize the individual’s life or characteristics.
Exhibiting Artists Include:
Anna Ackman Molly Audretch Carly Butts Anna Caito Anna Campbell William Dennison Jada Kidd Ashlynn Kleier Abby Linenkugel Ella Loudermilk Rain Magrum Abigail Miley Avril Predmore Anne Riley Lizzie Schriebeis Jamie Turner
Virginia Coffey and Sarah Fossett
Ms. Schorsch created a new work focused on Sarah Fossett based upon “Race in the City” and will be exhibiting her Virginia Coffey piece from the “10_Women” exhibition alongside the students at the event.
Sarah Fossett was an early American social reformer and advocate for African American rights in 19th century Cincinnati, Ohio. Sarah, born in 1826 in Charleston, South Carolina, moved to Cincinnati in 1954 after marrying Peter Fossett, a former slave of President Thomas Jefferson. Together, the Fossett’s actively assisted runaway blacks on the Underground Railroad and founded a church along with various orphanages in the area. Sarah is prominently known for her integral part in the desegregation of the Cincinnati streetcar. A white conductor refused to let her board in 1860, resulting in her filing suit against the company and ultimately led to the desegregation of the streetcars, but only for African-American women.
The portrait created as a representation of Sarah Mayrant Fossett’s impact includes symbolism related to the early streetcar operations and her part in the creation of a divergent trajectory of the systems of segregation in place at the time in Cincinnati. The coloring of the landscape emphasizes the struggle between segregation and desegregation through the use of contrasting colors. The overall primary color palette used in the creation of the piece alludes to Sarah’s role as a foundation for early American social reform. Echinacea, a symbol of strength, resilience, and healing, stands opposite the image of Sarah, setting up a dialogue between the literal Sarah Fossett and the ideals she embodied. The singular canary represents her role as an early voice emerging in opposition to segregation and oppression that would later impact generations of social reformers.
“The hardest thing in this world to do is like people for what they are – regardless of the artificial barriers of color and worship.” –Virginia Coffey
Virginia Coffey was an American social reformer and civil rights activist who worked for improved race relations in and around Cincinnati, Ohio. Virginia arrived in Cincinnati in 1924 to teach at an all-black school, one of the few opportunities for African-American teachers. Instead of finding a progressive northern city, she found a segregated city. Virginia fought to integrate areas of the city, including Coney Island where she coordinated an event protesting the segregation at the gates of the park. In addition to the multiple committees and organizations that Virginia partnered with throughout her life, she formed the first Girl Scouts troop for African-American girls and became the first woman, and first African-American, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission in 1968. Throughout her life Virginia worked to achieve her goal of getting people to listen to each other, getting to know each other, and treating each other as human beings.
The portrait created as a representation of Virginia Coffey’s impact includes symbolism related to the Coney Island protest and her role as a leader for the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission in bridging the gaps of a divided community. The divisions of the landscape become united by color. Gladiolus, a symbol of faithfulness, sincerity, and integrity, frames the image of Virginia, calling emphasis on her strength of character and perseverance. Symbolic association with the Girl Scouts emerges from behind the gladiolus as a sign of her fostering and growing similar characteristics amongst young women. Canaries, representing the power of voice, illustrate a connection with freedom and inspiration of Virginia’s message being carried through generations.
The Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley area through a creative and educational medium. The Rain Barrel Art Project desires to educate people on environmental issues like stormwater runoff, watersheds, and water conservation.
Rain barrels continue to grow in popularity across the country. However, one of its biggest drawbacks is its dull appearance. Some people are less likely to use them given their negative aesthetic impact on residential and commercial landscaping, even though they conserve water and save money. The “Save Local Waters” initiative believes that producing beautiful artistic rain barrels that have unique painted details will make them more desirable and naturally increase interest to promote their use.
This year, OHHS artists in Ms. Kopf’s Painting and Public Art and Ms. Schorsch’s National Art Honor Society created 4 Rain Barrels for the event! Congratulations to all of the students who were selected by their peers to submit pieces for the jurying.
Completed Rain Barrels will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo from April 5th through 21st with the Online Auction on April 11th through 21st and Artist Reception on April 21st.
Congratulations to Lauren Brewer, Kaylee Butts, Stephanie Herold, and Riley Ludwig on the selection of their design by the “Save Local Waters” committee for this year’s event!
“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 seven years, Drawing and Printmaking and NAHS students have created over 400 portraits for children in Madagascar, the Philippines, and Syrian refugees in Jordan, Puerto Rico, the Rohingya in Rakhine, Columbia, Nigeria, and Cameroon. This year, students at OHHS will be creating portraits for 20 portraits for children in Sierra Leone.
The portraits the students made for the school children in Sierra Leone 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 some of the highlights and images of the OHHS Drawing and Printmaking students selecting their child from Sierra Leone and the resulting artworks:
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.
Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Gold Key Regional winners compete on the National level for Medalist Awards; only 1% were selected for a Medal. Sydney Berting’s piece, “Spectral”, was awarded a Gold Medal!
An awards ceremony for National Medalists will take place at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 9th. Congratulations to Scholastic Art Awards National Gold Medalist Sydney Berting!