The 2022 Save Local Waters OHHS Rain Barrel Art Projects Head to the Cincinnati Zoo!

The Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley area through a creative and educational medium. The Rain Barrel Art Project desires to educate people on environmental issues like stormwater runoff, watersheds, and water conservation.

Rain barrels continue to grow in popularity across the country. However, one of its biggest drawbacks is its dull appearance. Some people are less likely to use them given their negative aesthetic impact on residential and commercial landscaping, even though they conserve water and save money. The “Save Local Waters” initiative believes that producing beautiful artistic rain barrels that have unique painted details will make them more desirable and naturally increase interest to promote their use.

This year, OHHS artists in Ms. Kopf’s Painting and Public Art and Ms. Schorsch’s National Art Honor Society created 4 Rain Barrels for the event! Congratulations to all of the students who were selected by their peers to submit pieces for the jurying.

Completed Rain Barrels will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo from April 5th through 21st with the Online Auction on April 11th through 21st and Artist Reception on April 21st.

Congratulations to Lauren Brewer, Kaylee Butts, Stephanie Herold, and Riley Ludwig on the selection of their design by the “Save Local Waters” committee for this year’s event!

The 2022 Memory Project: Creating Portraits of Kindness for Children from Sierra Leone

“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 seven years, Drawing and Printmaking and NAHS students have created over 400 portraits for children in Madagascar, the Philippines, and Syrian refugees in Jordan, Puerto Rico, the Rohingya in Rakhine, Columbia, Nigeria, and Cameroon. This year, students at OHHS will be creating portraits for 20 portraits for children in Sierra Leone.

The portraits the students made for the school children in Sierra Leone 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 some of the highlights and images of the OHHS Drawing and Printmaking students selecting their child from Sierra Leone and the resulting artworks:

Selected Images

Selection Day!

Final Works!

Congratulations to Scholastic Art Awards National Gold Medalist Sydney Berting!

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Gold Key Regional winners compete on the National level for Medalist Awards; only 1% were selected for a Medal. Sydney Berting’s piece, “Spectral”, was awarded a Gold Medal!

An awards ceremony for National Medalists will take place at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 9th. Congratulations to Scholastic Art Awards National Gold Medalist Sydney Berting!

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.