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Visually Literate art show to open in May
The annual “Visually Literate” High School Art Exhibition will open to the public in the Appleton Gallery at Shawnee State University on May 10.

More than 130 entries were submitted for judging to become part of the 50-piece exhibition. There are seven categories, including black and white drawing, color drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, utilitarian three dimensional work, and photography, graphic arts and digital media.

Kevin Lyles, artist and professor of sculpture at the University of Rio Grande, judged the exhibition of artwork by students from Clay, East, Green, Minford, New Boston, Oak Hill, Northwest, Portsmouth, South Webster, Valley, West, and Wheelersburg.

“It was a great honor to be invited to be the juror for this year’s Visually Literate High School Art Exhibition. It is always interesting to see the works that our young artists are creating and what interests them,” Lyles said.

The exhibit will be on display May 10-18 in the Appleton Gallery, located on the second floor of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University. There will be a Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony for the student artists at the college on May 18, at 5:30 p.m., with the Awards Ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. As part of the Awards Ceremony, Lyles will share his thoughts about the artwork and the exhibit. Students who participated in The Memory Project this year will also be recognized during the reception. Light refreshments will be provided and admission is free to the public.

“This year I was struck by the depth and diversity of the work. There was an exceptional amount of creativity as well as quality in both the aesthetic execution and craftsmanship within many of the pieces,” Lyles said. “I was especially impressed with the category of black and white drawing and had difficulty deciding the awards there, as I did with many of the top pieces throughout the show. Both the students and their teachers should be commended for their efforts to do their very best.”

This event is coordinated by Sharee Price of South Central Ohio Educational Service Center and is sponsored by Gary and Marilyn Hairston, Richard D. Marting Foundation, Portsmouth Area Arts Council, Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Scioto Foundation, Shawnee Art and Hobby Supplies, Shawnee State University, and SOMC.

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