The Black Swamp Arts Council announced the winners of this year’s High School Invitational Art Show at its awards night ceremony Thursday, Feb. 23.
This year’s Fulton County winners are:
Outstanding Photography – “Hive Tranquility” by Conner Hicks, Wauseon, and “Persephone Awakens” by Jasmine Tanner, Delta; Outstanding Mixed Media – “Distinct Sky” by Sarah Beck,Pettisville; Outstanding 3D – “Fish on Dry Land” by Leah Schwan, Evergreen; Outstanding Printmaking – “A Conversation in the Park” by Samantha Tilley, Pettisville, and “Life on a Beach” by Calvin Nofziger, Pettisville.
Honorable Mentions – “Moose on the Loose” by Brooke Aeschliman, Archbold; “Empire State of Mind” by Mikayla Graber, Pettisville; “Two Souls Intertwined” by Taylor Molina, Wauseon.
The show was held in the atrium of Northwest State Community College from Feb. 13-23 and featured 100 original pieces of art from students in 10 area schools including, Archbold, Ayersville, Bryan, Evergreen, Hilltop, Montpelier, Pettisville, Pike-Delta-York, Stryker, and Wauseon.
Judges for this year’s show were Barbara Miner, professor and chair in the Department of Art at the University of Toledo; Roberta Gedert Redfern, visual arts writer for the Toledo Blade; and Eric Duepen, professional artist and art instructor.
“I was struck by the breadth of materials and subject matter students tackled,” Miner said. “I was also excited by the new technology and the old-school, reliable techniques demonstrated in the artwork. It is this kind of innovative and trans-media approach to problem solving evident in their work that will set these students up for success in their future endeavors.”
Redfern added, “The talent across the board was apparent, and choosing the Best of Show and the other award winners was a difficult job.”
It’s the 10th year for the art show at NSCC. President Tom Stuckey said, “On behalf of the students, staff, and faculty at Northwest State Community College, we appreciate the opportunity to host an exhibit featuring talented northwest Ohio high school art students. The college community looks forward to this event each spring.”
The Black Swamp Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 2000.