2020 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition OHHS Art and Design Winner!

This year’s state-level of judging for The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition was delayed, but has finally taken place!. The Exhibition is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of our talented young people in the state of Ohio. The exhibition is open to all of Ohio’s 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education. The exhibition is a valuable incentive for our young people; it encourages an appreciation for the arts throughout Ohio and reflects the fine quality of art instruction and talent which exist in our state.

The process of selecting artworks for the state exhibition begins on a regional level. The state is divided into 15 regional locations, with high school students in each region invited to enter work in that regional judging. Each region has a designated Regional Director, who is responsible for choosing the judges for his or her region and arranging specifics of the event.

The state judging takes place in Columbus; however, the judges for this level of competition are chosen from all over the country and are generally professional artists, college-level instructors, or both.

From the 11,500 regional entries from the 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then selected 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Scholarships are offered to seniors by over 30 universities and colleges of art.

Congratulations to Emma Sedlack on the selection of her piece, “Finding Freedom” for the state level exhibition. This year there will be a digital exhibition of the Top 25 state selections as well as 42 state selections from our region!

Emma Sedlack


OHHS Art and Design Students Exhibiting at the VIRTUAL 2020 CAM Teen Expo

Each year The Cincinnati Art Museum engages young artists to display their artwork at our 10×10 Teen Art Expo.

Students from the OHHS National Art Honor Society and Ms. Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking, and Studio Art AP Drawing classes will be exhibiting work at the Cincinnati Art Museum! The Cincinnati Art Museum education staff worked with a committee of teen art enthusiasts to curate an exhibition of artworks addressing the theme of “Dreams”. Artists were invited to interpret and use their creative voice to address this theme in the media of their choice. The only parameter was that works submitted had to be 2-Dimensional and only 10 inches by 10 inches.

Congratulations to the following students whose work was selected to be a part of the exhibition this year:

Alyssa McRoberts
Patrick Thibodeaux
Elizabeth Pfalz

This year, because the museum is closed, the CAM is unable to display the amazing work from youth all across our region. Instead, they are presenting their first-ever digital expo. See the artworks selected by the 10×10 committee, then check out the rest of the submissions in the video below!



OHLSD Art and Design Students Contribute to Hearts of Hope

Former OHLSD art teacher, Stacie Kearns, is currently working on a project to help show our health care workers some love called “Hearts for Hope”. Stacie’s mission as an artist is to spread LOVE, JOY, HOPE, and HEALING through the power of art and she is encouraging people to create a heart with the word hope on it and share it. Her goal is to put them all into a collaborative video to share with hospitals and health care workers and she is reaching out to art teachers and teachers to assign this project with their students and be in charge of compiling their heart art into a single image/images that could be turned into a video.

Some of the students at Oak Hills High School and Oakdale Elementary have been busy creating works to contribute to the cause! Spread the word! Let’s make a difference! #hearts4hope

2020 Spring “Celebrating Art” 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 36 OHHS Art and Design were invited to be published in the Spring 2020 “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:

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Gabriel Byrne
Olivia Burnett
Gavin Bintz
Kaelyn Kammerer
Savannah Myers
Jake West

From Dignan-Cummins’ Sculpture; Fiber Arts; Ceramics; Enamels, Mosaics and Glass; and Studio Art AP 3D Design classes: 

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Ashley Urk
Becca Jones
Bricklin Gibbs
Carly Shiplett
Elise Schamer
Elizabeth Pangburn
Sammie Gerde
Jenna Guthier
Katie Wooddell
Maddie Cain
Madison Kemplin
Sami Hoffman

From Gibson’s Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator classes: 

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Jordan Burke
Jackson Harrison
Matthew Hodges

From Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking and Studio Art AP 2D Design and Drawing classes: 

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Mikki Allen
Alaina Broughton
Sydney Cantrell
Brooklyn Hart
Alexis Hetzel
Chloe Howie
Rebecca Kaiser
Lily Lang
Alyssa McRobert
Cailee Plunkett
Mayson Reperowitz
Emma Sedlack
Destanie Sexton
Mackenzie Sexton
William Weinheimer

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OHHS Art and Design Student’s Powerful Documentary About COVID-19

OHHS senior Taylor Glover created a powerful documentary for Mrs. Gibson’s Video Technology class about her impact of the COVID-19 on the lives of community members.

In the planning of her documentary, Taylor wanted to focus on publicizing. Taylor stated, “It will show the viewers an inside look at the topic and make certain details known. It’s going to spread awareness on the topic. The subject matter of my documentary is how the coronavirus is affecting Cincinnati. Since this is a very strange time we are living in, I thought it would be cool to document the experiences we are having during this time. I’m going to try my best to record how we are dealing with coronavirus locally, to show an inside look at how our area is feeling and what we are doing”.

Taylor focused on the effect of the first pandemic in 100 years on Cincinnati, more specifically Hamilton County, and how people in her hometown are dealing with the Coronavirus. She worked to give a personal, detailed, twist on the telling of the events and interviewed other’s to gain their perspectives and discuss their experiences. All interviews were conducted online which further demonstrates how the Coronavirus has affected our society directly.  In conducting her interviews, Taylor asked her subjects to consider the following items that are currently on many people’s minds:

How have you been feeling on this stay at home order?
How have you been coping with it?
How long do you think this will last?
Are you hopeful about the future?
What have you been doing to keep life as normal as possible?
How are you staying connected with everyone?
How has COVID-19 affected you personally and professionally?
It’ll add personality to the documentary.

Throughout her composition of the documentary, Taylor considered the use of a variety of long, medium, and close up angles to keep the audience engaged and used tripods, cameras, and lighting to create a professional grade product. She considered the use of close-ups to create drama, medium shots for interviews, and long shots for landscapes. Taylor emphasized that for interviews in-person “they won’t be as close up because I wanna show through the filming that we have to stay 6 ft apart”.