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

OHHS Art and Design Teacher and Alumni Create “Cultivating Community” with StreetSpark!

OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch, and Taylor Helms (’15), alongside artist Kinsey Downs, recently contributed to the public art legacy of Hamilton, OH this summer through the StreetSpark program. Formed through a partnership between the City of Hamilton and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, StreetSpark is a program founded to further the art identity in the city through exciting public art projects. This program creates arts engagement by producing high-quality murals, building opportunities for local artists, and enhancing the visual appeal of the city. StreetSpark brings visible murals and artwork into the community with the goal of fueling Hamilton with art.

Schorsch’s design, “Cultivating Community”, added to the stunning murals located throughout Hamilton and is located on the Telhio Credit Union on Park Ave. For 3 weeks, Schorsch led the team of two talented supporting artists in the creation of the mural which spans 2 walls of the Telhio building.

An event celebrating the creation of “Cultivating Community” will take place on July 20th, 2021 at 5:30pm at the mural location site: Telhio Credit Union, 601 Park Ave, Hamilton, Ohio 45013. The event is free and open to the public!

Check out some of the process photos of the creation here:

Learn more about the design of “Cultivating Community” below!

“Cultivating Community” Artist Statement

“The concept for “Cultivating Community”, designed for the Telhio Credit Union, was inspired by the core values embedded in the not-for-profits ideals of caring, commitment and integrity. Compositional elements used in the design are inspired by Art Deco rendering traditions that were prevalent in the artwork of 1930’s, when the Credit Union was founded, as well as the architecture throughout the City of Hamilton. The image is designed to be viewed as a wrap around, but also stand on it’s own as a composition when viewed from one side of the building.

The hands extending into the composition from the roof level are rendered in grisaille to communicate the idea of stone, a strong foundation on which to build. The hands are representative of the Telhio Credit Union redistributing income back to its members and the community. The colored water flowing from the grisaille hands signifies the nurturing nature of the Credit Union that allows for fostering growth and prosperity. Trees, grass, and flowers communicate the idea of a flourishing community while referencing the tree-line neighborhood of Prospect Hill. The expansive field serves as a historical nod to the landscape of the area as it would have existed when Native American groups occupied the site around Fort Hamilton. Daisies, symbolic of innocence and youth, allude to the children attending Wilson Middle School. Tiger Lilies, which are often associated with pride, confidence, wealth, and positivity and Irises, which represent wisdom, hope, and trust, frame the image. The bee serves as an emblem of abundance, persistence, industry, and community. Imagery of beans embedded amongst the flowers calls to mind additional ideas of growth tied to fairy tale imagery and folklore.

Color palettes prevalent in Art Deco traditions inspired the more analogous color scheme, as well as linear emphasis, for the work designed to provide contrast with the sticker-style design to be integrated with the bare brick of the architectural structure. Colors were selected for their symbolism and contrast. The blue waters illustrate tranquility brought to the community through abundance whereas yellow daisy floral disc exudes a sensation of radiating happiness embedded in the purity of the white daisies. Green is utilized to represent the color of life, renewal and growth within an environment.

Design elements and symbolism embedded in “Cultivating Community” are intended to synthesize with the architectural structure of the Telhio Credit Union, provide contemporary and historical nods to the surrounding environment as well as the function on Telhio nurturing the community, while communicating a whimsical uplifting image that communicates tranquility, peace, and prosperity”.

Celebrating Art: Sprint 2021 High Merit Students Announced

Congratulations to the 2 OHHS Art and Design students whose art was selected as a High Merit piece for the Spring 2021 Celebrating Art competition and publication! Having a High Merit award means the art was an exceptional piece. Out of thousands of entries received for the Spring 2021 contest, it stood out as being one of the top 5% submitted. Students who have art selected as High Merit work will receive special recognition in the book as it is displayed as a High Merit piece.

Congratulations to the following students:

From Ms. Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking class:

Flynn Koehler
Sarah Young

OHHS Art and Design Teachers Exhibit at “Art at the X”

OHHS Art and Design teachers Bridget Dignan-Cummins and Jamie Schorsch were recently selected to exhibit their work at the 2021 Juried Exhibition for High School art teachers! “Art at the X” will be on display at the Xavier University Art Galleries from August 20th-September 17th, 2021. The artists’ reception will take place on August 27th from 5:00-7:30pm with awards announced at 6:30pm. Check out their works to be exhibited and artist statements below!

Bridget Dignan-Cummins

My art is driven by my relationships; with nature, color, texture, family, and self. Any exchange we have as human beings with the relationship we have with ourselves; determining our perspective, approach, and choices. As an artist, I try to stay conscientious of my decisions in the process and the final product is driven by these correlations. My hope is that each person has a connection with my work unique to themselves and reflective of their relationship with the media, subject matter, and symbolism.

Jamie Schorsch

The birds depicted in my artworks are referenced for their migratory patterns and characteristics; specific birds are selected for their symbolic representation of life events and cycling through processes. Transitioning through life’s events is represented through progressive maturing of the bird or their relationship to other birds- and how those paths are traveled or connect.  Numbers, numerology, and maps are often integrated to symbolize specific locations, dates, and relevant information related to pathways through tribulations. Narrative, symbolism, mythologies, migration, transition and patterns; the resulting repertoire of images created illustrates visual, social, and spiritual explorations in relation to modern societal standards and events that become engrained in your DNA and impact individual development of identity. 

“Routine Education” is a commentary on the human rights 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 number of documented shootings, deaths, and injuries that have occurred in American schools from the 18th century until March of 2018.

“Pandemic Nexus” is a commentary on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on the development and maintaining of relationships while in fluctuating stages of isolation. Numerological elements embedded in the image relate to dates significant to the impact of the Pandemic and subsequent moments of connection formed during chaotic times as well as representing symbolic elements of individuals. The network of linear intersections alludes to trajectories in life’s path and resulting convergences.

“Migrant Refuge” addresses human rights issues of refugees seeking asylum on a 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 serve as a directive to nurture our fellow humans as they move through life’s tribulations.

Collaged images of maps were embedded in the background on which images of the birds were rendered. Prismacolor pencil, alcohol marker, acrylic paint, and archival ink were utilized to render the image. Stenciling tools were employed for the addition of numerical elements with varying sizes of archival ink pens to create the illusion of space.