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Conner Hicks and Taylor Molina represent WHS at art show

posted Mar 29, 2017, 8:46 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 7:08 AM ]

The Black Swamp Arts Council announced the winners of this year's High School Invitational Art Show at their Awards night ceremony held on Thursday, February 23.  The Art Show, held in the atrium of Northwest State Community College from February 13-23, featured 100 original pieces of art from students in ten area schools including, Archbold, Ayersville, Bryan, Evergreen, Hilltop, Montpelier, Pettisville, Pike-Delta-York, Stryker and Wauseon.    

                                                                         Outstanding Photography -  “Hive Tranquility” by Conner Hicks – Wauseon

Judges for this year’s show were: Barbara Miner, Professor and Chair in the Department of Art at the University of Toledo, Roberta Gedert Redfern, Visual Arts Writer for the Toledo Blade, and Eric Duepen, professional artist and art instructor.  Ms. Miner reflected, “I was struck by the breadth of materials and subject matter students tackled.  I was also excited by the new technology and the “old school”, reliable techniques demonstrated in the artwork. It is this kind of innovative and trans-media approach to problem solving evident in their work, that will set these students up for success in their future endeavors”.  The other judges agreed and Ms. Redfern added, “The talent across the board was apparent, and choosing the Best of Show and the other award winners was a difficult job”.  

This is the 10th year for the art show at Northwest State Community College.  Dr. Tom Stuckey, president at the college stated, “On behalf of the students, staff and faculty at Northwest State Community College, we appreciate the opportunity to host an exhibit featuring talented northwest Ohio high school art students.  The college community looks forward to this event each spring”.

Honorable Mention - “Two Souls Intertwined” by Taylor Molina - Wauseon

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 .

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