2022 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition OHHS Art and Design Winner!

This past weekend, the state-level judging for The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, took place. The Exhibition, now in its forty-eighth year, 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 exists 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. Since 2021, both the regional and state jurying occurred online. The jurors for the state level of competition are chosen from all over the country and are generally professional artists themselves, college-level instructors, or both.

Congratulations to John Gray on the selection of his series, “Bad Parenting”, for the state-level exhibition.

The exhibition opens at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, across from the State Capitol, in April, and closes at the end of May. At the exhibition opening, students receive Awards of Excellence and scholarship awards.

The 2022 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, which has taken place for 52 years, 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. Their purpose is to provide all budding young artists of the state with opportunities to advance their talent, whether that be through scholarships or simply experiencing the process of entering their work in a competition. 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.

Out of 1,000 entries from Southwestern Ohio, 15% of works were selected by this year’s judges. Congratulations to the following OHHS Art and Design students whose work was selected as a regional winner and will advance to the state level of judging for the 2022 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. 

John Gray “Planet Gloom and Ruins”
John Gray “Reptilian Meat and Scrumptious Snack”
John Gray “Bad Parenting”
Henry Groh “Cracked”
Skylei James “Yin Yang”
Flynn Koehler “A Single Moment and Tranquility”
Katrina Little “The Wall”
Sophia Osborne “Mom’s Bakery”
Mars Shorten “Lovers”
Mars Shorten “Constructs”

“A Single Moment and Tranquility”

The state level of judging will take place on March 12th. The exhibition of final selected works opens at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, across from the State Capitol, in April and closes near the end of May. An awards ceremony is also typically held at the Riffe Capitol Theatre in the students’ honor.

Mars Shorten Announced as an Overture Awards Finalist!

Congratulations to OHHS Art and Design junior Mars Shorten whose portfolio of works was one of the 4 Finalists selected from the 19 Semi-Finalists for the 2022 Visual Arts Competition of The Overture Awards. Mars was nominated by Ms. Schorsch to submit a portfolio for this year’s competition and is the only junior selected to advance to the Finals! Mars will compete against 3 other Finalists from schools around the region on March 12th at 1pm in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center. Tickets for the event can be purchased here: Overture Awards Ceremony

The Overture Awards Competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music. For the 2022 competition, students may win $3,000 (one awarded in each discipline) or a $1000 finalist award. Judges at all levels of the competition are drawn from the professional arts community.

2021-2022 OHHS PTA Reflections HCC Winners Announced for “I Will Change The World By”

The County level PTA Reflections winners have been announced. “I Will Change The World By” is the theme for this year’s PTA Reflections Program which has been bringing the arts to life from more than 10 million students since 1969. Reflections encourages students of all ages to unleash creative talents and be inspired; express themselves imaginatively in their artwork; experience the fun and joy of making art; tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme, and receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

The winning entries have been sent on for further judging at the state level and could advance as far as the national level! Congratulations to the following OHHS Art and Design students on their accomplishments:

Visual Arts
Skylei James
Faith Maddox
Cora Mundstock
Leah Stolla

Celebrating Art: Fall 2021 High Merit Students Announced

Congratulations to the 6 OHHS Art and Design students whose art was selected as a High Merit piece for the Fall 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. Kopf’s Painting and Public Art class:

Matthew Burg

Matthew Burg

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

Dahlia Baer
Ellie Cox
Flynn Koehler
Kelsey Gallagher
Anne Riley

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