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Local students recognized at art show
Published on March 4, 2021
Three area schools participated in the Ninth Annual University of Rio Grande Student and Teacher Art Exhibition, in the Esther Allen Greer Museum and Gallery from Feb. 4-25.

“The Esther Allen Greer Museum and Gallery is one of the few venues in our area that offers a very fine venue for professional artists and students, alike,” said art instructor and museum director Joseph Hamilton. “The preparations for this annual show start months in advance. We do this in an effort to encourage the arts in young people, and also to bring attention to the beautiful, friendly, and family-like atmosphere of The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College campus in hopes to attract future applicants to the School of Fine Art.”

The Exhibition is open to all art teachers and their students from any high school within 150 miles of the University of Rio Grande. All work must be submitted by the art teachers and must have been completed within the past two years. Teachers may submit up to 10 pieces of student work and may also submit 1-2 of their own works. 

Artwork is juried for inclusion in the show. This year’s judges were Hamilton, along with art instructors Tom Suter and Kevin Lyles. 

There were a total of 55 pieces included in the show, including 20 from Oak Hill, Valley, and Wheelersburg high schools with artwork accepted into the exhibit from Ms. Angela Richards (teacher), Kyle Midriff, and Haidyn Rife of Oak Hill High School; Ms. Kelly Montgomery (teacher), Erica Cade, Chandler Carter, Maggie-Mae Clark, Addison Copley, Gail Montgomery, and Rebecca Morgan of Valley High School; and Malachi Foreman, Justin Howard, Mika Jones, Katelyn Marsh, and Mikah Moore of Wheelersburg High School.

“My experience judging this year's show proved to be rewarding. I was impressed with all of the work submitted for consideration this year. Especially given the current health crisis we are experiencing, the artwork was exceptional,” Suter said. “The artwork submitted serves as an honorable tribute to both teachers and students.”

Local award winners included: Chandler Carter, of Valley High School, winning Best of Show (and a $100 gift card), Rebecca Morgan, of Valley High School, winning 1st Place (and a $75 gift card), Mika Jones, of Wheelersburg High School, winning 3rd Place (and a $25 gift card), Erica Cade, of Valley High School, winning an Honorable Mention (and a $20 gift card), and Mikah Moore, of Wheelersburg High School, winning an Honorable Mention (and a $20 gift card).

“Much of the work we saw was pretty typical of what you’d expect from high school students. But at least a third of the entries absolutely blew us away,” Lyles said. “We think it was the best group of works we had ever seen for this exhibition.”

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