Upper Arlington News

Governor's Youth Art Exhibition

Pieces by 12 UA students chosen for annual show


Upper Arlington High School had a number of students selected to exhibit their artwork in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition, with four seniors selected to receive Governor's Awards of Excellence for placing in the top 25.

"Having 12 students in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition is a great accomplishment for our art department," art teacher Missy Haines said. "Four students from our school placing in the top 25 is absolutely excellent."

Annie Deibel placed in the top 25 with her painting, Double Vision, as did Perry Finley for his video, Hush, Sean Garrett for his ceramic piece, Morning Calls, and Shea Stiebler with the sculpture Directional Dress 2.

An exhibition of student artwork will run from April 13 to May 15 at the Rhodes Office Tower, 30 E. Broad St. in Columbus.

Haines said the competition receives more than 12,000 entries each year from around the state. About 2,500 entries are selected to enter state judging, then jurors select 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor's Award of Excellence.

She said the competition includes scholarships being offered to seniors by more than 30 universities and colleges of art.

Upper Arlington students placing in the top 275 were junior Liam Campbell with the video, Common Ground; senior Jesse Cannell, for the ceramics piece Adrift; Finley for the video Music Box; junior Cole Hendrix for the video Hendrix Experimental; senior Brandon Jones, for the ceramics piece Historic Handle Forms; senior Travis Martin for the drawing Invictus; junior Maddie Prindle for the drawing Raven Queen; junior Ian Shafer for digital media piece Smokey; senior Charles Sipp for the ceramics piece Viejos Pajaros; and senior Abbey Sylvester for a ceramics piece called Une Poignze bonbons.

Sylvester also had a second ceramics piece called Deux Bandes Noires selected to be exhibited in the governor's office.

Art teacher Alicia McGinty said Upper Arlington students have consistently had their work chosen to appear in the ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition.

"We have had students place in the top 25 every year for the past 10 years; this is the second time we have had four students place in the 25," she said.

"Because the arts are supported in Upper Arlington, we have both honors level and Advanced Placement weighted classes in the arts."

She said students have received scholarships from nationally recognized art schools around the country.

"The success of the show is the result of hard work and dedication from both the students and art educators at the high school," she said.

Art teachers at the school are Robin Bradley, Donna Cornwell, Haines, Judy Hardy, McGinty, Mark Nagel and Scott Wittenburg.

"One thing that makes the artwork stand out is that the students paid close attention to details and craftsmanship," Cornwell said.

"The details were a result of experimentation and lots of practice. They pushed the media they were working in to a new level. They were risk-takers and chose to solve the problems in a unique, expressive way."

Haines said entering their work in the Governor's Show, the Scholastics art and writing competitions and the Ohio Shorts Youth Film Division gives students opportunities to get outsiders' opinions about their work.

"While celebrating the success with some students, we are also helping other students cope with rejection," she said. "Not every piece submitted to the show is accepted. It is always bittersweet to report the results of a show.

"I am incredibly happy for the students with work in the show, but I dread telling students that their work was not accepted," she said. "This is definitely a character-building opportunity for students."