2020 Congressional Art Award Competitors

“An Artistic Discovery,” a nationwide high school visual art competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute, aims to showcase the artistic talents of high school students. This annual competition is open to students in grades 9-12 who are residents of Ohio’s First Congressional District. This year’s winner will be chosen through the following process: a panel will select the top twenty pieces of artwork submitted to Steve Chabot’s office, which will then be posted on his website to be voted on by the general public. The winning artwork will be displayed in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. with other winners from across the country.  The second place artwork will be displayed in Steve Chabot’s D.C. office, and additional runners-up will be displayed in his Cincinnati and Warren County district offices.
Congratulations to the following students who were selected to submit work for this year’s competition:
Alaina Broughton, Grade 12
Lily Lang, Grade 12
Alyssa McRoberts, Grade 12
Mia Schorsch, Grade 9
Emma Sedlack, Grade 12
Chad Smith, Grade 11

Stay tuned for information about online voting!

“Artists of Tomorrow, Today” Virtual Studio Art AP Exhibition and Recognition Ceremony

The “Artists of Tomorrow, Today” Studio Art AP exhibition presents a selection of works from the Studio Art AP Portfolios created by the Oak Hills High School students enrolled in Studio Art AP 2D Design, 2D Design: Photography, 3D Design, and Drawing. The pieces displayed were selected from the Selected Works and Sustained Investigation sections of the portfolio submissions and exemplify the extremely high level of rigor, commitment, and accomplishment that Studio Art AP students can achieve. The exhibition is organized annually as part of a celebration of Studio Art AP student work and recognition of student accomplishments throughout the academic year. The exhibition also serves to inform and expose students, teachers, parents, and members of the community to the Studio Art AP program and the diverse subjects, styles, media, techniques, and expressions that students choose to pursue.

Oak Hills High School Junior and Senior students, enrolled in Jamie Schorsch’s Studio Art AP Drawing and 2D Design classes, Steve Groh’s Studio Art AP 2D Design: Photography class, and Bridget Dignan-Cummins’ Studio Art AP 3D Design class, are represented in the exhibition.

Included in this year’s virtual exhibition and recognition ceremony are Senior Awards and Scholarships. Join us here virtually in celebrating the accomplishments of the Studio Art AP students at Oak Hills High School.

Studio Art AP Virtual Exhibition and Recognition Ceremony

2020 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition OHHS Art and Design Winner!

This year’s state-level of judging for The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition was delayed, but has finally taken place!. The Exhibition 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 exist 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.

The state judging takes place in Columbus; however, the judges for this level of competition are chosen from all over the country and are generally professional artists, college-level instructors, or both.

From the 11,500 regional entries from the 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then selected 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Scholarships are offered to seniors by over 30 universities and colleges of art.

Congratulations to Emma Sedlack on the selection of her piece, “Finding Freedom” for the state level exhibition. This year there will be a digital exhibition of the Top 25 state selections as well as 42 state selections from our region!

Emma Sedlack


OHHS Art and Design Students Exhibiting at the VIRTUAL 2020 CAM Teen Expo

Each year The Cincinnati Art Museum engages young artists to display their artwork at our 10×10 Teen Art Expo.

Students from the OHHS National Art Honor Society and Ms. Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking, and Studio Art AP Drawing classes will be exhibiting work at the Cincinnati Art Museum! The Cincinnati Art Museum education staff worked with a committee of teen art enthusiasts to curate an exhibition of artworks addressing the theme of “Dreams”. Artists were invited to interpret and use their creative voice to address this theme in the media of their choice. The only parameter was that works submitted had to be 2-Dimensional and only 10 inches by 10 inches.

Congratulations to the following students whose work was selected to be a part of the exhibition this year:

Alyssa McRoberts
Patrick Thibodeaux
Elizabeth Pfalz

This year, because the museum is closed, the CAM is unable to display the amazing work from youth all across our region. Instead, they are presenting their first-ever digital expo. See the artworks selected by the 10×10 committee, then check out the rest of the submissions in the video below!



OHLSD Art and Design Students Contribute to Hearts of Hope

Former OHLSD art teacher, Stacie Kearns, is currently working on a project to help show our health care workers some love called “Hearts for Hope”. Stacie’s mission as an artist is to spread LOVE, JOY, HOPE, and HEALING through the power of art and she is encouraging people to create a heart with the word hope on it and share it. Her goal is to put them all into a collaborative video to share with hospitals and health care workers and she is reaching out to art teachers and teachers to assign this project with their students and be in charge of compiling their heart art into a single image/images that could be turned into a video.

Some of the students at Oak Hills High School and Oakdale Elementary have been busy creating works to contribute to the cause! Spread the word! Let’s make a difference! #hearts4hope