Art students advancing

BARNESVILLE – Budding artists are flourishing at Barnesville High School, where 17 students have been chosen to advance to state judging in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. The 44th annual exhibition will open at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus on April 13 at 2 p.m., and will close on May 15. During that time, the exhibition will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for public viewing.

Barnesville art teacher Luke Johnson’s students have 29 works of art advancing to state level. The 17 students completed works in the mediums of paint, charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, ceramics, and photography.

“This year was the most we’ve had selected in the years we’ve been entering,” said Johnson. “I’m very proud of the students’ efforts.”

The exhibition is dedicated to artistic and educational advancement of young people in Ohio, and is open to all of the state’s 1,112 public and private high schools. The artwork selection process begins on a regional level. High school students grades 9-12 in all 15 of Ohio’s regions are invited to submit artwork for consideration. The designated Regional Director then chooses judges and arranges a judging event.

This year, the 15 regions received 12,000 entries total. From those entries, approximately 2,500 were chosen to advance to state judging. At state judging, only 300 will be chosen for the exhibition. Of those 300, 25 will receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Over 30 universities and art colleges will also give out scholarships to juniors and seniors at their discretion. Students will receive the Awards of Excellence and scholarships in a ceremony to be held Sunday, April 13 at the Capitol Theatre Riff Center in Columbus.

Though the exhibition is staged in Columbus, the state level judges are chosen from all over the nation. They are generally professional artists, college instructors, or both.

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