(Massillon, Ohio) – Eighteen students from Perry High School (PHS) have been selected to show their artwork at the 2019 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, a state-wide showcase.
The showcase will be open to the public at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus, Ohio. The exhibition, which is now in its 49th year, is part of a month-long celebration of the arts and arts education in Ohio.
The process of selecting artworks for the state exhibition begins on a regional level. The state is divided into 15 regional locations, with high school students in each region invited to enter work in that regional judging. Each region has a designated Regional Director, who is responsible for choosing the judges for his or her region and arranging specifics of the event.
From the 11,500 regional entries from the 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition, 26 of which have the possibility to be artwork from Perry High School students. The 18 students whose artwork qualified for the state exhibition include Alyssa Brown, Molly Cobb, Gavin Cushman, Mia Demetro, Sophia Hough, Arimis Iborra, Miranda Kochar, Emmie Lancatser, Lauren Lieser, Peyton Martin, Natalie Miller, Skylar Mix, Jeremy Morehead, Samatha Thorpe, Sarah Valentine, Savanna Vance, Jordan Walter and Mallory Zimmerman.
“It is so important for students to showcase their work, as they are creative individuals with unique perspectives,” said Susan Rusu, art teacher at PHS. “The exhibition is a valuable incentive for high school students. It encourages an appreciation for the arts and reflects the fine quality of art instruction and talent that exist in Perry and throughout Ohio.”
The state judging will take place in Columbus; however, the judges for this level of competition are chosen from all over the country and are generally professional artists, college-level instructors or both. Twenty-five of the 300 art pieces will receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence and scholarships from over 30 universities and colleges of art will be awarded to select seniors.
“Congratulations to all of the students who were selected to feature their artwork in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition this year,” said Superintendent Scott Beatty. “This exhibition is always a powerful vehicle through which schools from across Ohio and students are brought together, and we are proud that Perry will be represented at this showcase.” Perry High School currently offers a dynamic art program for students, with classes available both in studio and digital art. Some of the classes include printmaking, fibers, advanced drawing and painting, Advanced Placement (AP) Studio and sculpture.
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