The 2014 Scioto County High School Art Show “Visually Literate” is on exhibit from April 10 through May 8 at the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center (SOMACC). An opening reception and awards ceremony were held Thursday night, April 10, at the Museum. This event was sponsored by General Electric Peebles Test Operation, Gary and Marilyn Hairston, Richard D. Marting Foundation, Portsmouth Area Arts Council, Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Scioto Foundation, Shawnee Art & Hobby Supplies and SOMC.
Lane Raiser, professor of art at Shawnee State University, was the juror for the show and the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.
Gifted Services Coordinator Sharee Price has worked heavily with Raiser in the past and is sad to announce this show is the last that he will jury for them. After a 25-year teaching career at Shawnee State University, Raiser has decided to retire from teaching.
“Art teachers have a unique opportunity to get to know their students in a way that many other teachers don’t. As art teachers we ask our students to express their thoughts and feelings and it takes a certain amount of bravery to do this,” Price said. “Good art teachers provide students with guidance and support as they navigate through the process of self-discovery and on this count, I can say that Lane is not only a good teacher, but an amazing one.”
The museum and the South Central Educational Service Center were proud to host the opening awards ceremony for students involved in the juried show.
“I think it went very well and I think it is a strong show,” Charlotte Gordon, museum artistic director, said. “Lane Raiser gave a really, really wonderful talk to the students. I believe that it was enlightening for the young artists. He gave them advice and spoke about the differences in being wealthy and being rich. He talked about how artists are given a different way to see the world, which makes them wealthier and gives them something not everyone has.”
Gordon said that she believes the work submitted to the show reflects Raiser’s beliefs.
“I see a lot of introspective works and I can see there was a lot of thought going on in their art process,” Gordon said.
Categories included: black and white drawing, painting, color drawing, sculpture, functional art, mixed media and graphic design.
Honorable mentions were awarded to: Paige Evans, East; Cheyenne Free, Northwest; Ressie Hess, Oak Hill; Tanaia Underwood, Portsmouth; Megan Mays, Josie Neff and Taylor Shonkwiler, South Webster; Kali Mayo and Aleigha Pruitt, Valley; Hayley Ayers and Taylor Prince, West; and Mary Bibbey, Rachel Blair, Destani Hansen, Austin May and Abbey Reed, Wheelersburg.
Third place awards went to: Lexie Coriell and Katy Singer, Minford; Jacob Workman, Northwest; Kali Mayo and Sarah Noel, Valley; Rachel Gilliam and Abbey Reed, Wheelersburg.
Second place awards went to: Imelda Sanchez, Clay; Justin Egerton, Whitley Miller and Corbin Stockham, Minford; Ashley Adkins, New Boston; Megan Mays, South Webster; Kara Richards and Alexandra Tackett, West.
First place winners were awarded $50 each and awards went to: Madisen Fuller, Clay; Rachel Addleman, East; Lee Wartluft, Northwest; Molly Fannin and Tyra Underwood, Portsmouth; Brianna Stewart, South Webster; Brooklyn Moore, Valley.
Best of show was awarded to Emily Howell of Portsmouth West High School for her sculpture entitled “Rhododendron”. Emily was presented a $200 award with her best of show medallion.
“I think it is very important for students to have the opportunity to exhibit their work in such a professional setting,” Price said. “It raises the bar for them and gives them a chance to understand what it is like in the more professional world of artistry.”
SOMACC is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is at 825 Gallia Street and the Sixth Street entrance features handicapped parking and a wheelchair ramp. More information about the museum and the student gallery can be obtained by calling 740-354-5629.
Price may be contacted at the South Central Educational Service Center at 740-354-0229.
Joseph Pratt can be contacted at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.