The 2021 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.

This year, Ms. Kopf’s and Ms. Schorsch’s Painting and Mixed Media 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 30th with the Online Auction and Artist Reception TBD.

Congratulations to Isabel Catron (11), Elena Fernading (9), Reagan Louis (10), Sophia Osborne (10) on the selection of their design by the “Save Local Waters” committee for this year’s event!

2021 Scholastic Art Awards Winners!

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. In 2020, students submitted nearly 350,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards. 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.

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.

Rachel Blevins “Scream”
Samantha Bradley “Practice”
Caden Cadle “Save the Bees”
Grace Gilardi “Cozy Conversation Area”
Henry Groh “Crack”
Gabrielle Hancock “Spot of Sunshine”
Maria Hernandez “Melanie Martinez”
Virginia Rauf “Mockingbird”
Mia Schorsch “Infinite Sadness”

Silver Key Winners

Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.

Kelsey Gallagher “Growth In Darkness”
Henry Groh “Under Pressure”
Sophia Osborne “Hanging On”
Marin Smyth “Reflections of Winter”
Max Wagner “High-wire Act”

Honorable Mentions

Approximately 15 – 20% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.

Kaylin Bailey “Dead Man Walking”
Olivia Burnett “Operatic”
Kylie Cornelius “Through the Trees”
Kylie Cornelius “Hope”
Kylie Cornelius “In the Net”
Jamie Damico “Cherry Blossom Tree and Horizon”
Bailey Drummond “Tools of the Trade”
Julia Hageman “One Flower at a Time”
Gabrielle Hancock “Sweet Ophelia’s Slumber”
Caitlin Hazlett “Ennui”
Kristopher Heis “Fantasy”
Sarah Young “Precious”
Sarah Young “Man’s Best Friend”

Art and Writing Awards Exhibition
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the AAC will host a virtual exhibition for student artwork. All work will be available to view online via Flickr starting January 15th, 2021. OHHS artworks selected for the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards will be on display in the front lobby of the high school through the end of February.

Art and Writing Awards Ceremony
A live virtual ceremony will take place on February 19th, 2021 via Youtube to celebrate all of the award recipients!

Please visit for further updates.

Art Possible Ohio 25th 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.

Kevin Kurre, Grade 9, “Four Kevins”, Best in Show AEO 21
Taylor Meier, Grade 10, “Eleven Houses”, Second Place Youth Category

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.

These artists join a talented group of artists representing all corners of Ohio. The art will be presented at the virtual AEO opening ceremony on March 27th and exhibited at the Springfield Museum of Art, as long as COVID guidelines permit, and travel to diverse communities across Ohio during 2021. Artwork will also be exhibited at and on all three of their social media platforms, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

2021 OHHS Art and Design Overture Awards Nominee Rebecca Kaiser to Participate in Regional Competition

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, theatre, visual art, and vocal music. For the 2021 competition, students may win $4,000 (one awarded in each discipline) or $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 student Rebecca Kaiser who was nominated by Ms. Schorsch to participate in this year’s competition. Be sure to check out Rebecca Kaiser’s portfolio of works addressing the exploration of identity and self reflection below:

2020 Fall “Celebrating Art” OHHS Art and Design 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 27 OHHS Art and Design were invited to be published in the Fall 2020 “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’ Ceramics, Honors Enamels, Mosaic, and Glass, and Studio Art AP 3D Design classes:

Kylie Cornelius
Jamie Damico
Julia Hageman
Molly Lorenz
Maiya Taft
Sammie Gerde
Riley Ludwig
Sarah Bosse

From Groh’s Art Foundations class:

Lillian Heil
Lilly Keith
Katie Long

From Kopf’s Painting and Mixed Media classes:

Anna Caito
Sydney Dance
Susan Park

From Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking, Painting and Mixed Media, and Studio Art AP 2D Design and Drawing classes: 

Kylee Adams
Samantha Bradley
Olivia Burnett
Bailey Drummond
Henry Groh
Gabby Hancock
Skylei James
Logan Jones
Rebecca Kaiser
Chloe Meadows
Erin Olakanmi
Sophia Osborne
Paige Smith
Jaelan Sow
Anna Thomas
Madison Williams
Sarah Young