All Oak Hills High School students electing to enroll in an Art and Design Department course will develop an Appreciation of the Arts, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills, Interdisciplinary Connections, Social and Global Awareness, and Career Preparation related to Visual Communication.
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.
Taylor Meier, Grade 12, “Manor” Kevin Kurre, Grade 11, “Heart of the Reef”
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 travel to a variety of community spaces across Ohio during 2023. The work will also be exhibited at www.artpossibleohio.org and on their social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook (@ArtPossibleOhio).
Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 29 categories of art and writing. 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.
Award notifications are in! Congratulations to these very talented OHHS Art and Design students on their accomplishments this year in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Art Portfolio:Gold Key Winner Marshall Shorten
This highly competitive category is based upon submission of a series of 6 distinct works that communicate a single cohesive idea or visual investigation and accompanying artist statement.
American Visions Award Nominee:Gold Key Winner Molly Audretch
Each regional program will nominate five teens for the American Voices Award or American Visions Award. Nominees must have a Gold Key work with an original, authentic voice or vision. National jurors will select one nominee from each region for the American Voices or Visions Award.
Gold Key Winners
Below are the works that earned Gold Keys, the highest level of achievement on the regional level. Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.
Anna Ackman, “Confinement”, Gold Key Anna Ackman, “Crysanthemum and the Crow”, Gold Key Molly Audretch, “Flying Free”, Gold Key Molly Lorenz, “The Learning Tree”, Gold Key Sophia Osborne, “Morning Coffee”, Gold Key Marshall Shorten, “Afterglow”, Gold Key Corey Willet, “It’s Been A Long Day”, Gold Key
Silver Key Winners
Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.
Anna Ackman, “Modern Vanitas”, Silver Key Anna Ackman, “Hush”, Silver Key Molly Audretch, “Care Bear Stare”, Silver Key Anna Caito, “Pressure”, Silver Key Scout Estes, “Sister”, Silver Key Jada Kidd, “Queen of Clubs”, Silver Key Molly Lorenz, “As the World Burns”, Silver Key Sophia Osborne, “Mom’s Bakery”, Silver Key Anne Riley, “Waiting”, Silver Key Anne Riley, “Little Ones”, Silver Key Sarah Young, “Sunday Morning”, Silver Key
Approximately 15 – 20% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.
Kendall Crum, “The Watcher”, Honorable Mention Kelsey Gallagher, “Melancholy”, Honorable Mention Ashlynn Kleier, “The Female Experience”, Honorable Mention Molly Lorenz, “Daily Ritual”, Honorable Mention Molly Lorenz, “The Thicket of Things”, Honorable Mention Ava Marsh, “Lunch”, Honorable Mention Abigail Miley, “War is Torture to the Pacifist”, Honorable Mention Alyssa Miller, “Everlasting Life”, Honorable Mention Sophia Reid, “Optimism”, Honorable Mention Ethan Ridder, “Grasping”, Honorable Mention Adrianna Russ, “Pondering”, Honorable Mention Brenna Schirmer, “Blinded”, Honorable Mention Lizzie Schreibeis, “Whirlwind”, Honorable Mention Lizzie Schreibeis, “Truth or DARE”, Honorable Mention Marshall Shorten, “You or Me”, Honorable Mention Emma Simon, “Vacant”, Honorable Mention Jordan Tinsley, “Ella”, Honorable Mention Andrew Wubbolding, “Ghostly Figures”, Honorable Mention
For the first time, OHHS has 2 Semi-Finalists for the Overture Awards!
Congratulations to OHHS Art and Design seniors Tiffany Truong and John Gray, whose portfolio of works were 2 of the 15 Semi-Finalists selected from this year’s entries for the 2023 Visual Arts Competition of The Overture Awards.
John and Tiffany, who were nominated by Ms. Schorsch, will compete against 13 other Semi-Finalists from schools around the region. Entries advancing to the finals will be announced on February 21, 2023
The Overture Awards Competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, visual art, and vocal music. For the 2023 competition, students may win $4,000 (one awarded in each discipline) or a $1000 finalist award. Judges at all levels of the competition are drawn from the professional arts community.
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 5 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 along with the Online Auction and Artist Reception. Stay tuned to dates!
Congratulations to Bri Brown, Teagan Charles, Evie Neuhaus, Predmore, and Leah Stolla on the selection of their design by the “Save Local Waters” committee for this year’s event!
The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages, and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. Its mission is to encourage arts education as an integral part of a student’s academic experience and to create an environment that encourages training in, and appreciation of, the arts. The Overture Awards Competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, visual art, and vocal music. For the 2022 competition, students may win $3,000 (one awarded in each discipline) or a $1,000 finalist award. Judges at all levels of the competition are drawn from the professional arts community.
Best of luck in the Regional Competition to OHHS Art and Design students Kelsey Gallagher, John Gray, Sophia Osborne, Tiffany Truong, and Sarah Young who were nominated by Ms. Schorsch to participate in this year’s competition. Check out a sampling of their portfolio of work submissions below: