BLINK is back for 2019 and the OHHS National Art Honor Society is gearing up to prepare for this year’s parade!

Returning October 10-13th 2019, BLINK is one of the largest light, art, and projection mapping events in the nation. The four-day event features large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, media light and interactive art in Cincinnati, OH. BLINK spans 30+ city blocks, from the Kentucky River Banks to Cincinnati’s Findlay Market. Food and beverages are available at the event. BLINK is free and open to the public – no tickets are required.
The OHHS NAHS was a part of the inaugural parade in 2017 and will be participating again this year!
This year NAHS is stepping up their game and constructing a 30-foot human-powered illuminated “Nessie” float AND creating lighted lanterns in eyeball and bubble designs that our parade participants will carry. NAHS members, and students from Mr. Couch’s Advanced AutoCAD class, have been hard at work since the beginning of the school year to make our contribution to the BLINK parade dazzle. Check out the progress here:
Team Nessie Float:
Team Eyeball Lantern:
The parade will take place on October 10th at 7:30 pm and will travel from 8th & Vine St. down Vine to W. Freedom Way at the Banks. Be sure to mark your calendars for this amazing event and cheer the OHHS Highlander community on as they pass by.
Learn more about BLINK here: BLINK Cincinnati

The 2019 Memory Project: Creating Portraits of Kindness for Nigerian Children

“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 four years, Drawing and Printmaking and NAHS students have created over 200 portraits for children in Madagascar, the Philippines, and Syrian refugees in Jordan, Puerto Rico, and the Rohingya in Rakhine.

This year, students at OHHS will be creating portraits for 45 portraits for Nigerian Children. Nigeria is a country located on the western coast of Africa with a bustling economy and geography as diverse as its people. It is home to over 250 ethnic groups with over 500 languages and a variety of customs and traditions. Since 2014, over 2.4 million Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, living far away from home in fear of the next attack and kidnapping by the terrorist organization. Now, they suffer from additional destruction and displacement caused by warring factions of herders and farmers as they battle over resources, land, and religion.

Still, Nigerian children hope for a safe present and a better future. The portraits the students make for the school children in Nigeria 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 images of the OHHS Drawing and Printmaking students selecting their Nigerian child:

OHHS Art and Design Student Exhibits at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

OHHS Art and Design student, Justin Crofoot, recently received an award for his artistic accomplishment at the VSAO’s Accessible Expressions 2019 art show’s “Day of the Arts for All” ceremony. Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities.

Justin’s award-winning VSAO’s Accessible Expressions artwork will be on display at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, in Lancaster, from September 10- September 30. The artwork will be on view from 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays through Fridays and 1pm-4pm Saturdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information about the Decorative Arts Center, visit

Congratulations to Justin for this achievement for the beautiful work he created!

OHHS Art and Design Student Wins First Place at Harvest Home Fair

This past weekend, Abigail Miller won first place at 2019 Harvest Home Fair in the student Ceramics category for her coil vessel titled Whirlpool. Abigail competed against local students ranging in ages up to 17 years old in the category. Abigail’s coil vessel is also among the OHHS Art and Design students artworks selected to be published in the Summer 2019 edition of Celebrating Art.

2019 Summer “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 20 OHHS Art and Design were invited to be published in the Summer 2019 “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; and Enamels, Mosaics and Glass classes:

Carlie Becker
Jordan Chaille
Millie Helmers
Lily Lang
Audrey Meyer
Abigail Miller
Zach Reilmann

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

Allyson Albertz
Mariah Geiger
Alexis Hetzel
Chloe Howie
Rebecca Kaiser
Mia Kuchenmeister
Alyssa McRoberts
Cailee Plunkett
Sabrina Ryland
Madeline Schwoeppe
Emma Sedlack
Mackenzie Sexton
Destanie Sexton