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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Art Possible Ohio 26th Annual Accessible Expression Exhibition

Congratulations to the Oak Hills High School students whose artwork was selected for the Art Possible Ohio, formerly known as VSA OHIO, Annual Accessible Expressions Ohio Traveling Exhibition.

Cody Roberts, Grade 10, “Shapes in Space”
Kevin Kurre, Grade 10, “Flight”

In even bigger news, Cody has received 2nd Place in the Youth Category! He will receive a cash prize and be recognized at our awards ceremony on March 26th. 

What is it all about….
Art Possible Ohio is a community that connects inspired artists with their passion, service providers with resources, and all citizens with creative opportunities.

Arts Possible Ohio was founded in 1986 and works together with artists of all ages who have disabilities to advocate for accessibility and inclusivity, advance careers in the creative sector, build community, and improve the academic achievement of Ohio’s students through arts integration. By bridging arts and disability, our programs and services promote inclusive spaces and accessible opportunities for Ohioans.

Accessible Expressions Ohio is one of the most diverse art exhibits on display. It is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of sixty 2D and 3D art by Ohio artists with disabilities. Artists of any age, living in Ohio, with a disability may enter in the Youth, Emerging, or Professional categories. AEO raises awareness by presenting the show in inclusive settings designed to change perceptions about disability.

Accepted artists join a talented group of artists representing all corners of Ohio.  Their art will be presented at the AEO opening ceremony on March 26th and exhibited at the Springfield Museum of Art, as long as COVID guidelines permit, and travel to a variety of community spaces across Ohio during 2022. The work will also be exhibited at and on their social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook (@ArtPossibleOhio).

The 2022 Save Local Waters Rain Barrel Art Project

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.

Ms. Kopf’s Painting and Public Art and Ms. Schorsch’s National Art Honor Society students will be creating 4 Rain Barrels for this year’s 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 1st through 21st with the Online Auction and Artist Reception on April 21st at the Cincinnati, 2022.

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!