Student art exhibition opens at Stifel

Oglebay Institute continues to encourage and showcase student artwork by once again hosting the Regional Student Art Exhibition at the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling.

For more than 20 years, this popular annual exhibition has showcased artistic achievements of high school students and provided a foundation for continued creativity. The exhibit features art in all media and can be viewed by the public free of charge from now through March 11.

“Each year I continue to be impressed by the caliber of work submitted,” director of exhibitions Brad Johnson, said. ” There are many talented art students in our region.”

Students from nine area schools Monroe Central, Union Local, Avella, Wheeling Park, Wheeling Central, Linsly, Lyceum Academy, St. Clairsville and Georgette’s School of Fine Art- submitted a total of 153 entries. Twelve winners were chosen in four categories: drawing, painting, photography and 3-D/multi-media. A Best of Show Award was also given, and four works received honorable mentions. Artist and art instructor Mary Ann Snyder juried the show.

Christine Gompers of Wheeling Central won Best of Show for her work “The William Express.” First place in drawing went to Polly Clarchick of Avella for “Contemplating The Conversation.” First place in painting went to Ashley Gordon of St.Clairsville for her work “Chef in the Corner.” Chelsey Wamsley of St. Clairsville High School received first place in photography for “Rusted Bottle Cap.” First place in 3-D/multi-media went to Grace Mull of Linsly for “Iron Dragon.”

Other winners are: Drawing, second place, Jenna Britton, Union Local; third place, Union Local student Alexus Davis. Painting: second place, Bree Sawyers, Union Local; third place, Jenna Britton, Union Local. Photography: second place, Maddie Ware, Avella; third place went to Zach Gray of Avella .3-D/multi-media: second place, Justin Carlisle, Avella; third place, Grace Mull of Linsly.

Honorable mentions include: Justin Holt, Union Local; Bree Sawyers, Union Local; Ashley Saffell, Avella, Dustin Kubacka, Avella.

All winning artists received ribbons. Prize money was awarded to the Best of Show and the top three artists in each category. Some students were also awarded art scholarships to West Virginia University.

Oglebay Institute President Kathleen McDermott presented monetary awards to winning artists at the opening reception January 13. She congratulated the students for their dedication and talent; thanked the teachers for continuing to advocate the arts; and commended the parents for nurturing and encouraging creativity in their children.

Sponsored by United Bank of West Virginia, this exhibition can be viewed free of charge through March 11 in the Hart Galleries of the Stifel Fine Arts Center, located at 1330 National Road in Wheeling.

Part of the Helen B. Gaither Exhibition Season, this program was also made possible through the generous support of the members of the Institute as well as with financial assistance from the West Virginia Commission of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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