OHHS Art Foundations Students and Streetvibes

Advocating Justice; Building Community

OHHS Art Foundations students recently wrapped up a project focusing on the role of art as a tool for activism. Inspired by the works of German Expressionist Kathe Kollwitz and Cincinnati artist Thom Shaw, students designed and created relief prints from linoleum blocks that communicated social issues that they were compelled to voice their opinion on in an effort to educate others.

Students from Melissa Ambs’ Art Foundations classes will have their prints published in the next edition of Streetvibes! Streetvibes is an alternative newspaper and part of the international street newspaper movement. Focusing on homelessness and social justice issues, Streetvibes reports the often-invisible story of poverty in our community. Streetvibes is also proud to include creative writing, poetry, articles, photography, and interviews written by homeless and formerly homeless individuals. As a progressive news source, Streetvibes serves an educational function and also provides a forum for dialogue for those often left unseen and unheard. It is published twice a month by the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, largely with the help of volunteers.

Congratulations to the following students on their selection for publication, and be on the lookout for more OHHS artists featured in upcoming editions of Streetvibes!

Bre Barker
Addison Kress
Alexis Singson
Julien Cortez
Maria Pitchford
Alyssa Miller

Art Possible Ohio 27th 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.

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).

2023 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. 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.

Molly Audretch, “An Upward Glance”

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

Honorable Mentions

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

2 OHHS Art and Design Student Advance to the 2023 Overture Awards Semi-Finals!

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.

John Gray
Tiffany Truong

The 2023 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 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!