Summer 2018 “Celebrating Art” Students Selected 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 30 OHHS Art and Design were invited to be published in the Summer 2018 “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’ Sculpture; Fiber Arts; Ceramics; Enamels, Mosaics and Glass; and Studio Art AP 3D Design classes: 

Hannah Bacon
Madelyn Clark
Juliana Fischer
Danielle Hackett
Jaicey Hollyfield
Gabe Holmes
Belle Liedhegner
Audrey Meyer
Katie Nickerson
Regina Richards
Billy Rosen
Kendyl Sommerfield
Megan Taylor
Brooke Walter

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

Allyson Albertz
Kaitlin Allen
Sam Bostic
Katrina Crofoot
Kaitlyn Delaney
Cheyenne Estes
Evander Frisch
Mariah Geiger
Thalia Georges
Adam Green
Kara Heckmuller
Alexis Lepof
Madeline Schwoeppe
Destanie Sexton
Autumn Shelton
Max Wagner

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OHHS Art and Design Observes International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on September 21st. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

OHHS Art and Design is observing the International Day of Peace this year with a display of the student works recently displayed in the SOS Art Exhibition at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. SOS Art Cincinnati sponsors a yearly SOS Exhibition and Event of creative expressions for peace and justice. Students exhibited their works alongside many established artists from around the globe, all of whom addressed issues related to peace and justice. This year, OHHS Art and Design students from: Groh’s Studio Art AP Photography classes; Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking, Painting and Mixed Media, and Studio Art AP classes; Kopf’s Painting and Mixed Media and Digital Art Foundations, Gibson’s Photoshop and Illustrator, and Ambs’ Art Foundations classes, participated in the event in June at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Works from the SOS Art Exhibition will be on display in the front lobby of OHHS through the month of September in honor of Peace Day.

Maria Baldwin “Stand Up Against Hate”

OHHS Art and Design Teacher Selected as Semi-Finalist for BLDG/Kroger Commission

Gallery and Design Studio BLDG, in partnership with the Kroger Company, is commissioning a professional artist to create interior artwork for the new Kroger store in Colerain Township. The artwork will be prominently displayed inside the store as part of the Kroger Company’s commitment to involving artists in beautifying new stores throughout the nation. The artwork will celebrate the spirit of the community and the unique identity of the neighborhood and its surroundings.

The call to artists for the commission was open to artists living in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. Three artists were selected as Semi-Finalists for the commission and invited to submit design proposals, including OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch! Over the past few weeks, Ms. Schorsch has been researching and working to develop concepts and designed three different compositions for the commission. The Finalist for the commission will be selected sometime next week.


OHHS Art and Design Painting the Town!

Over the course of the hot summer months, OHHS Art and Design artists have been working to beautify our city! Check out the fabulous murals they created around town below:

Cincinnati Paints by Numbers: Fiona

This summer marked the launch of a new mural series by ArtWorks: Cincinnati Paints-By-Numbers. The rotating mural project provides the public the opportunity to purchase a ticket and paint alongside the ArtWorks team. The inaugural theme for 2018 was Cincinnati’s favorite hippo, Fiona. OHHS Art and Design junior Brooklyn Hart worked as an Apprentice on this project, designed by Lucie Rice, which was selected by a jury and public voting earlier in the spring.

Building Inclusive Communities: A Mural Project of Visionaries + Voices and ArtWorks
Mural Dedication is September 5th at 5:30pm!

OHHS Art and Design junior Emma Sedlack worked as an Apprentice this summer on the ArtWorks and Visionaries + Voices partnership mural located in Oakley. The goal of the project was to build a more inclusive community through creative collaboration between Artworks and V+V artists. Visionaries + Voices is a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies, and support to area visual artists with disabilities.The collaboratively designed mural was executed by a team of Apprentices from both organizations.

Mural Dedication is September 18th at 5pm!

Taylor Helms, an OHHS Art and Design 2016 alumn, worked as an Apprentice this summer on the 125th anniversary mural for the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. Artist Tine Westerkamp designed this beautiful piece for the oldest and longest running women’s art club in the United States! 

Taylor was also award the ArtWorks Biggie Award this summer. Over the past 6 years, Taylor has worked as an Apprentice on 10 different projects all over the Queen City!

Check out some of Taylor’s past projects below!

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Paint the Town Red

While the students were busy at work beautifying Cincinnati this summer, OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch was creating a large scale mural for the Miami University Regionals: Hamilton Campus. Schorsch was a part of a team of three other local artists working with StreetSpark on the creation of the mural. Stephen Smith designed the mural selected for the Miami University Regionals Hamilton campus as a part of their 50th-anniversary celebration…this is also the first mural on ANY of the Miami University campuses!

You can find out more information about the programs and locations of the murals here: ArtWorks at and Streetspark at

OHHS Art and Design Teachers Exhibiting New Works!

OHHS Art and Design teachers Steve Groh and Jamie Schorsch have been busy making new artwork for exhibitions around Cincinnati. Both shows opened this past weekend!

“Wax Nostalgic:1994”, which opened at BLDG in Covington, is an art exhibit inspired by pop art and culture. The exhibit features more than 50 local, regional and national artists whose works came together to celebrate the most influential year of that decade. “Wax Nostalgic” was guest curated by Chris Breeden, the general manager of Arnold’s Bar & Grill. You can check out the “Wax Nostalgic: 1994” between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment Monday through Friday, through September 14th.
Below is Groh’s artist statement about his piece:

“Scream Spirit”
Digital Print on Metal

“In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled on a copyright law case that established that a commercial parody can qualify as fair use. That same year, Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” was stolen and then recovered three months later. This manipulated image is a pastiche that uses that iconic image as a springboard for reflecting on some of the notable events that occurred during that equally iconic year”.

Steve Groh
“Scream Spirit”
Digital Print on Metal

The exhibition opening for “Visioning Human Rights” and “25” took place at the Fitton Center or Creative Arts in conjuncture with and Artist Panel Discussion and the Season Launch party with over 1400 visitors in attendance.

“25” is a multi-media invitational group show curated by the Fitton Center’s Director of Exhibitions, Cat Mayhugh, with help from the Fitton Center’s Exhibitions Selection Committee and Staff. The invitational show features 25 artists who are highly engaged with the Fitton Center for Creative Arts’ exhibitions, education, outreach and StreetSpark programs and/or are active players in the City of Hamilton arts community.

The exhibition takes place concurrently with the premier of a new traveling narrative quilt show curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, titled “Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the World’s Conscience”, featuring international artists of the Women of Color Quilters Network and inspired by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The goal of the ” 25″ was to extend the discussion of human rights sparked by Dr. Mazloomi’s timely exhibition by creating artwork in response to the human rights concepts presented in the articles presented in the UN Declaration of Human Rights. You can check out the “Visioning Human Rights” between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., through September 28th.

Below is Schorsch’s artist statement about her pieces:

“Routine Education”
Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security and Article 26 Right to Education
Archival Ink, Alcohol Marker, Prismacolor Pencil, Acrylic, and Collaged Materials

“Routine Education” is a commentary on the issue of gun related violence continually impacting American schools. The vultures depicted in the work were selected for their symbolic representation in relation to life events, specifically as signifiers of death. The numbers, compiled through research, are juxtaposed with the vulture imagery to represent the amount of documented shootings, deaths, and injuries that have occurred in American schools from the 18th century until March of 2018″.

Jamie Schorsch
“Routine Education”
Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security and Article 26 Right to Education
Archival Ink, Alcohol Marker, Prismacolor Pencil, Acrylic, and Collaged Materials

“Migrant Refuge”
Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Archival Ink, Alcohol Marker, Prismacolor Pencil, Acrylic, and Collaged Materials

“Mass displacements and exoduses have occurred throughout human history. “Migrant Refuge” addresses the  issues of the acceptance of refugees seeking asylum on an increasingly global scale. Millions of individuals, and families, attempt to migrate and establish new roots but face deportation and entry refusal on many fronts. The sparrows juxtaposed with countries that have most recently experienced mass exoduses are meant to serve as a directive to nurture our fellow humans”.

Jamie Schorsch
“Migrant Refuge”
Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Archival Ink, Alcohol Marker, Prismacolor Pencil, Acrylic, and Collaged Materials

.Links to articles related to the exhibitions are provided above.