Oglebay Institute officials continue to encourage and showcase student artwork by again holding the Regional Student Art Exhibition at 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 Friday, March 11.
"Each year, I continue to be impressed by the caliber of work submitted," Brad Johnson, director of exhibitions, said. "There are many talented art students in our region."
Students from nine area schools - Monroe Central High School, Union Local High School, Avella High School, Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling Central Catholic High School, Linsly School, Lyceum Academy, St. Clairsville High School and Georgette's School of Fine Art - submitted a total of 153 entries.
Twelve winners were chosen in four categories: drawing, painting, photography and three-dimensional/multi-media. A best of show award also was given. Four works received honorable mention. 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 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."
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Receiving honorable mention are Justin Holt, Union Local; Sawyers; Ashley Saffell, Avella; Dustin Kubacka, Avella.
All winning artists received ribbons. Prize money was awarded to the best of show winner and the top three artists in each category. Some students also were awarded art scholarships to West Virginia University.
Oglebay Institute President Kathleen McDermott presented monetary awards to winning artists at an opening reception Thursday, Jan. 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 in the Hart Galleries of Stifel Fine Arts Center, located at 1330 National Road in Wheeling. For more information, call 304-242-7700.