Local Laurel Oaks students have art chosen for state exhibition


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Two students in the digital arts and design program at Laurel Oaks Career Campus have their work on display in Columbus this spring along with other top student artworks.

Bishop Taylor of Hillsboro had three pieces selected among the top 300 in the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, one of which was also selected as a top 25 piece. Trinity Jaeckels of Washington Court House had two works chosen in the top 300. Top 300 works will be on exhibition in James A. Rhodes State Office Tower and top 25 work will hang in a private exhibition in the Statehouse during April and May.

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, now in its 47th year, is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of our talented young people in the state of Ohio. The exhibition is open to all of Ohio’s 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education.

Its purpose is to provide all budding young artists of the state with opportunities to advance their talent, whether that be through scholarships or simply experiencing the process of entering their work in a competition. The exhibition encourages an appreciation for the arts throughout Ohio and reflects the fine quality of art instruction and talent in Ohio.

The process of selecting artworks for the state exhibition begins on a regional level. The state is divided into 15 regional locations, with high school students in each region invited to enter work in that regional judging.

The state judging takes place in Columbus; however, the judges for this level of competition are chosen from all over the country and are generally professional artists, college level instructors, or both.

From the 11,500 regional entries from the 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Scholarships are offered to seniors by over 30 universities and colleges of art.

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