Students, teachers, and family packed the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University, in Portsmouth, Ohio, for the Visually Literate Art Show closing awards ceremony on May 18.
The 2017 Scioto County High School Art Show “Visually Literate” took place May 10-18 in the Appleton Gallery at the Shawnee State University.
During the Awards Ceremony at SSU, students who created portraits as part of the Memory Project were recognized along with students who were accepted into the Visually Literate Exhibition. Sharee Price, gifted services coordinator, at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center coordinated the event and presented awards.
“The Visually Literate Show proves that the visual arts are alive and well in and around Scioto County.,” Price said. “The high quality work the high school students are producing is amazing and their art teachers are to be commended for the level of instruction they are giving their students. The students whose work was chosen to be included in this exhibition should be very proud of their accomplishment.”
Kevin Lyles, professor of sculpture at the University of Rio Grande, juried the show and was the keynote speaker at the Awards Ceremony. Categories included Black and White Drawing, Painting, Color Drawing, Sculpture, Functional Art, Mixed Media, and Photography/Graphic Design.
“It was pretty impressive; the diversity of the work. It was really a testimony to the talent of the students and the hard work of their teachers. I was particularly impressed with the black and white drawing category,” Lyles said. “I saw quite a few things I had not seen before; new approaches and ways to push the envelope, and I was really pleased with that.”
First Place winners were awarded $50 each, and awards went to Emily Baker of Portsmouth for Sculpture; Aaron Bapst of Northwest for Painting; Abby Grasso and Hanna VanHoose of Minford for Functional Art; Sarah Tolliver of Minford for Photography/ Graphic Design; Andreya Queen of Portsmouth for Mixed Media; Courtney Howard of Northwest for Color Drawing, and Aaron Bapst of Northwest for Black and White Drawing.
Second Place awards went to Victoria Escamilla of East for Sculpture; Bethany Wessell of Minford for Painting; Mollyanna Grashel of Minford for Functional Art; Jensen Warnock of Clay for Photography/Graphic Design; Taya Pennington of Minford for Mixed Media; Gabrielle Deacon of Wheelersburg for Color Drawing, and Marty Roe of Wheelersburg for Black and White Drawing.
Third Place awards went to Taylor Carver of West for Sculpture; Madison Cochran of West for Painting; Julia Lundy of Clay for Photography/ Graphic Design; Sydney Barney of Clay for Mixed Media; Kayla Perry of Portsmouth for Color Drawing, and Casey Rigsby of West for Black and White Drawing.
Best of Show was awarded to Hanna Cox of Wheelersburg High School for her drawing titled “Food.” She was presented a $250 award with her Best of Show medallion. This is her second year in a row to receive the Best of Show Award. She has received an art scholarship and plans to attend the University of Rio Grande to study art this coming fall.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to Jerry Weaver, Zack Clifford, Ryann Campbell, Andreya Queen, Keelee Maneese, Hanna Cox, Lukas Maschmeier, Sarah Simmons, Bethany Wessel, Allison McKenzie, Caleb Browning, Taylor Cook, and Melanie Fuhrmann.
Matt Cram, chair of the art department at Shawnee State University, also awarded scholarships to Taya Pennington and Hanna VanHoose, who will both be graduating from Minford High School and attending Shawnee State University next fall to study art.
The Northwest High School Jazz Band, led by Christy Stephan and Callie Barnhouse, performed at the reception prior to the awards being presented; and Ohio Senator Joe Uecker’s office provided citations and proclamations for all students who were accepted into the Visually Literate High School Art Show.