Five area students have works at state art competition
Five high school students from area schools will have pieces of art work on display in the state capital as winners of the 2018 Ohio Governor’s Youth State Art Competition.
Students who won include seniors Emma Prince and Maria Goshe of Calvert High School; seniors Abigail Fox and Morgan Cranmore of Columbian High School; and senior Lily Noftz of Clyde High School, with “Raku Untitled.”
Goshe moved on from regionals with her aluminum sculpture of a giraffe, titled “Geoffery.”
“It was very unexpected,” she said. “It was exciting that the judges thought it was good enough.”
Goshe had created the giraffe for a project and decided to re-create it, working out all the kinks to enter the piece for state competition.
“I approached it with more knowledge,” Goshe said.
Goshe worked out all the dimension problems she had faced and was able to make the sculpture stand at around five feet.
“I wanted to work on something more difficulty and something fun to do,” Goshe said.
Prince created an owl out of scratch board, making the owl’s features look like lace, hence the name of the piece, “Synthetic Front Lace.”
“I didn’t know what to expect,” she said.
Prince said the piece took her four to five weeks to complete, using an Exacto knife to scratch out the small details and textures.
Prince said she enjoys seeing the outcome of a piece come together.
“I knew that if I took away too much, I couldn’t go back,” she said. “It was great to see it all come together in the end.”
“Getting there took hard work,” Cranmore said.
She had a piece ready to go, but decided at the last minute the weekend of the competition to create a wooden bench piece, titled “Please Sit Here.”
“It is really awesome,” Cranmore said of getting to state competitions. “There were so many pieces to choose from.”
Fox’s piece, titled “Piovra,” is a charcoal drawing on red paper of an octopus.
Fox said she enjoys drawing animals and making them more whimsical.
Noftz entered a Raku ceramic fired piece, which is a Japanese ceramics technique, which was hand thrown on a potter’s wheel.
“To me, winning at the state level means that I achieves something that is hard to achieve,” she said. “Being from a small town, it is awesome to even make it down to state. Winning is definitely something I am proud of.”
The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, now in its 48th year, is open to Ohio’s 1,112 high school – public and private. The process of selecting artworks for the exhibition starts at regional competitions. The state is divided into 15 regions.
Regional winners from Calvert include Madison Ball, Maddy Brown, Zach Conn, Elayna Kapelka, Lindsey Lucius, Allison Nye, Jack Shultz, Claire Thompson and Erin Wagner.
Regional winners from Columbian include Gabby Everetts, Nathan Glick, Kristian Giles, Alyssa Hepperly, Jessica Logsdon, Xavier Noftz, Taylor Losey, Drew Warner and Trenton Wise.
The student’s chosen pieces are among the top 300 pieces and their works are to be on display April 22-May 17.