LHS Students' Work To Hang In Governor's Youth Art Exhibit

Senior Brenna Dobos' self portrait will be one of six pieces from LHS students to be on display in Columbus.

Five Lakewood High students have had their artwork selected to be part of the prestigious Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. 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.

The five students whose art was chosen to be one of the 350 pieces out of 12,000 entries submitted to be on display in Columbus are Brenna Dobos (painting), Nicole Matthews (two photographs), Kelly McKee (painting), Bram Myers (drawing), and Elizabeth Taucher (video).

“This is a major honor for our art students at LHS,” said art teacher Amy Sedlak.

The process of selecting artworks for the state exhibition begins with 15 regional judgings. This year Lakewood High had 15 pieces by 10 students win at the regional level and advance to state competition. Those students are Jessica Balmer, Montaque Cockrell, Lis Demmitt, Brenna Dobos, Nathan Manthey, Nicole Matthews, Kelly McKee, Bram Myers, Kaitlin Stanaitis and David Torrence.

Judges for the state level competition are chosen from all over the country and are generally professional artists, college level instructors, or both. From the 12,000 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. Those chosen for exhibition at the state level are eligible for scholarships offered by more than 30 universities and colleges of art.

The exhibition opens at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, across from the State Capitol, in April, and closes at the end of May.

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