Something Big has been Afoot in 212: Hero Bearcats Have Arrived!

Yesterday Martin Ludwig, the Director of Trademarks and Licensing for the University of Cincinnati, officially kicked-off the #HeroBearcats campaign! Hero Bearcats will be taking place throughout greater Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati campus between April and September 2019, as a way to celebrate the University’s Bicentennial. Hero Bearcats will be a way for the community to engage with the University’s beloved mascot by interacting will life-sized statues, designed by local artists, that are inspired by and celebrate the everyday heroes that live and work among us all.  The University of Cincinnati believes there is dignity within every person/profession, and this will be a great way to celebrate the difference each person can make to contribute to a stronger community and a better world.

Ludwig stated:

“Universities offer more than just sporting events to bring people together. The University of Cincinnati certainly has some wonderful athletic facilities and exciting competitions, but as an elite research institution, we have faculty and students engaging in groundbreaking research that advance technology. We also have a deep bench of talented faculty and students in the arts and humanities, which celebrate the creative facility of the human mind to promote deeper thought for a more informed and civilized society. The #HeroBearcats campaign is one way for the University to bring the community together to celebrate amazingly talented local artists. The artists created a great variety of designs to represent different career disciplines to show that heroes really do come from all walks of life”.

OHHS Art and Design student, and National Art Honor Society member, Destanie Sexton created a design based upon the field of Engineering that was selected for creation! Destanie worked hard alongside Ms. Schorsch throughout the month of February in the creation of the Engineering Bearcat and preparing it for display for the Bicentennial celebration. The Engineering Bearcat will be on display at the U-Square at the Loop on Calhoun St.


View the creation process here:


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Check out the Bearcat’s Bon Voyage with the OHHS Staff here:


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2004 OHHS Art and Design Grad Returns to Teach Through V+V Program!

Nick Kraft, 2004 graduate, returned to Oak Hills High School today as a teacher! Nick is an artist with Visionaries and Voices (V+V), a nonprofit that supports adult artists with disabilities through exhibitions, employment, and studio space. Nick is participating in the V+V Teaching Artist Program through which a selection of 3 to 4 artists learn how to teach art over the course of a 30 week period. Following the completion of the program, TAP artists are able to participate in the V+V outreach classes and provide visual art lessons to the public in and outside of schools.

Nick taught a lesson to Miss Kopf’s Painting and Mixed Media class. Students enjoyed the lesson and learning about Nick’s work. Nick did a fabulous job and as a bonus was happy to see and catch up with his former teacher Mrs. Mosher!

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2019 ‘Art in Root’ “Winged Wonders” Award Winners Announced!

The “Winged Wonders” exhibition, a part of this year’s ‘Art in Root’ program developed by the Great Parks of Hamilton County, held it’s judging and awards ceremony this past weekend at the Woodland Mound Seasongood Nature Center. The show was judged by Devere Burt. Mr. Burt is a nationally known artist and a former Commissioner for the Great Parks of Hamilton County. He also was the Executive Director of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History for 25 years and was instrumental in the development of the ‘Art in Root’ program.

Congratulations to OHHS Art and Design student Cailee Plunkett on being awarded 1st Place for her piece “Ozzy’s Rest Stop”!

“Ozzy’s Rest Stop”


2019 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition

The Ohio House of Representatives (OHR), the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA), and Ohio Arts Council (OAC) have invited Ms. Schorsch to select one student for the 2019 House of Representatives’ Student Art Exhibition that will reside at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts. The OHORSAE, now in its fourth year, is seen by tens of thousands of Ohioans, including members of the Ohio Legislature, their staff, other governmental officials, and thousands of people visiting the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts.

The student representing Legislative District 30t will be invited to a statewide exhibition reception in the fall of 2019 to celebrate creativity, education, the arts, and their talents. Congratulations to Mayson Reperowitz on being selected to represent our Legislative District and OHHS at this year’s Exhibition!

OHHS Art and Design Student Recognized for VSAO Award!

OHHS Art and Design student, Justin Crofoot, recently received an award for his artistic accomplishment at the VSAO’s Accessible Expressions Ohio 2019 art show’s “Day of the Arts for All” ceremony. Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities.

Congratulations to Justin for this achievement for the beautiful work he created!