The Black Swamp Arts Council announced the winners of its “Invitational High School Art Show” at their Awards night ceremony on Tuesday, April 1 at Northwest State Community College. The art show was displayed at the College from March 21 – April 1. This year BSAC invited 10 area schools to participate in their annual high school show. Participating schools were Archbold, Bryan, Defiance, Evergreen, Hilltop/ West Unity, Montpelier, Pettisville, Pike-Delta-York, Stryker and Wauseon. “We nearly doubled the size of our show this year and were thrilled to display 100 impressive works of art created by talented young artists from our area schools”, stated Diane Tinsman, BSAC board president. “We decided to open the show up to additional schools to provide the opportunity for more students to showcase their talent in a highly visible and professional forum”. Judges for the show this year were Eric Duepen- Professional Artist, Julie Klinger,- Photographer and Art Instructor at NWSCC, and Chris Kannel, -Architect and Director of ArtSpace in Montpelier.
This year’s art show winners were:
Best of Show – “Piano Keys” by Hudson Sharrock – Bryan – Charcoal drawing; Outstanding Painting – “This Hope We Have” by Megan Beck – Wauseon – reverse painting on window; Outstanding Painting – “Self-Portrait” by Stephanie Whitman – Wauseon – Acrylic gloss on paper; Outstanding Drawing – “Marilyn Moriah” by Moriah Rosales – Archbold – White charcoal on black paper; Outstanding Drawing – “Papa” by Zeke Anderson – Pike Delta York – charcoal portrait; Outstanding Photography – “The Hook” by Marisa Behringer – Defiance – Photograph; Outstanding Mixed Media – “Be Prepared” by Wil Rabquer – Pike Delta York – Mixed media painting; Outstanding 3D – “Fourest of a Kind” by Kyler Weldon – Bryan – Pottery; Outstanding Printmaking – “Hello?” by Serina Bostic – Bryan – Dry-point etching; Honorable Mention award given to each school: Archbold – “Life is too Short” by Jesse Fidler – Pen & ink portrait sketch; Bryan – “Tectonic Pitcher” by Cayl Poncsak – Pottery; Defiance – “The Chairs” by Grace Karnes – photography; Evergreen – “Keep My Secrets” by Taylor Konwinski – Drawing; Hilltop/ West Unity – “Majesty” by Bradley Grim – Relief print; Montpelier – “Hay Bail” by Dylan Snyder – Painting; Pettisville – “Iridescence” by Taylor D’Alelio – Mixed media; P.D.Y – “Figure Spectrum” by Makenzie Whitson – drawing; Stryker – “Bright House” by Austin Grisier – Acrylic painting; Wauseon – “Living Space” by Seneca Wyse – Cardboard room interior.
The Black Swamp Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 dedicated to bringing arts opportunities to rural NW Ohio. For more information on Black Swamp programs and classes, go to www.blackswamparts.com or visit their facebook page.
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