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Student artwork displayed in 15th annual exhibit
Student artwork displayed in 15th annual exhibit In celebration of Youth Art Month, the Local History Department of the Portsmouth Public Library will display its 15th annual exhibit of artwork created by local high school art students. The “Youthful Visions” display consists of both two- and three-dimensional work in a variety of media.

Started nationally in 1961, Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. The program exists to recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curriculum that develops citizens of a global society, and encourages commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.

The local exhibit, on display March 1-30 in the Portsmouth Public Library’s Local History Department, will include artwork from students from Clay, Minford, New Boston, Northwest, Notre Dame, Portsmouth, Valley, West, and Wheelersburg high schools. Special bookmarks designed by the students will also be available to library patrons.

Carolyn Cottrell, Local History Department supervisor, said the library began hosting the exhibit in 2002 and visitors look forward to it every year.

“We enjoy hosting this art show. I’m actually an art student from (Shawnee State University). I graduated with a BFA, so this is kind of like my little baby,” she said. “I just love to show what this area has as far as talent. We have such talented students here.”

A special reception will be held March 30, at 6 p.m., in the Copley Room of the Portsmouth Public Library, located at 1220 Gallia St., in Portsmouth, Ohio.

“We like to give them the experience that an artist would actually deal with; getting a show and then having the reception. We’re kind of anxious to have that this year,” Cottrell said.

This event is sponsored by the Scioto Foundation and the Portsmouth Rotary Club, and is coordinated by Gifted Services Coordinator Sharee Price, of the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) in New Boston. For more information about the Ohio Art Education Association, visit online at For more information about the South Central Ohio ESC, visit online at, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.