The annual “Visually Literate” High School Art Exhibition will open to the public on May 8, on display in the Appleton Gallery at Shawnee State University.
Each high school was permitted to submit up to 15 pieces, from which Judge Isabel Graziani, of Shawnee State University, selected 50 pieces of work – both 2D and 3D -- to be included in the show. Artwork was submitted by students from Clay, East, Green, Minford, New Boston, Northwest, Oak Hill, Portsmouth, Valley, West, and Wheelersburg school districts. There are seven categories, including black and white drawing, color drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, utilitarian three dimensional work, and graphic arts.
The show will be on exhibit in the Appleton Galley and is open to the public from May 8 through May 16 during normal business hours. The Closing Reception is free and open to the public and will be held on May 16 in the lobby of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Northwest High School Jazz Band will be performing in the lobby while guests view the artwork in the Appleton Gallery. There will also be a display and video featuring the portraits that were created for this year's Memory Project. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.
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 event is coordinated by Sharee Price of South Central Ohio Educational Service Center and is sponsored by William and Barbara Burke, General Electric Aviation – Peebles Test Operation, Gary and Marilyn Hairston, Dr. Michael Martin, 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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