Matrix Staff Writer
Volume XXXVIII: Issue 4: Page 1
On Thursday, Jan. 19, ten Athens High School photographers, along with ten from Federal Hocking High School, displayed their artwork at an exhibit at the Kennedy Museum of Art. The exhibit will run though Apr. 8.
The Kennedy Museum of Art is located in Lin Hall at the Ridges at Ohio University.
This exhibit was created to feature local artwork in the Christine Dembler Brown Center for Education.
Initially, a previous exhibition featuring artwork by students from Crooksville High School. This exhibit was so successful that they decided to feature more artists in a similar way.
“We thought photographs would be a good place to start because they can be a standard size, and we would be able to put them in frames here at the museum for the exhibition,” explained Lisa Quinn, Educational Programs Coordinator at the Kennedy Museum of Art.
“We asked the photography instructors at the high schools to choose the ten best photographs from classes this past fall. We asked that there be only one photograph per student and that the photographs be sized to fit in an 8’’ by 10’’ window when matted. Federal Hocking had an outside juror choose their photographs – but that was their decision. It was not a requirement.”
The ten AHS photographers include Ashley Braglin, Callie Blazier, Justine Harding, Katelyn Vancouver, Ericka M. Giertz, Pawel R. Parkinson, Dominique Dosek, Jenni Huber, Emilie Naccarato and Amanda Denhart.
“I entered a photograph I took on my grandparent’s farm of a few of their sheep. It was around sunset and I got the sheep to cock its head by snapping my fingers out of the shot. It feels great to have my piece recognized in this show, and I feel that it is a good representation of Ohio’s background,” said Kate Vancouver, a junior at AHS.
Yet another AHS student shared her experience showing her work at the Kennedy Museum. “It was weird to see others admiring my artwork. Usually I am the one looking at a piece of art, so it was different to be on the other side,” said Junior Ericka M. Giertz.
Quinn said she thinks the exhibition “looks wonderful” and that it is an excellent opportunity for high school students to showcase their work in an actual museum.
I hope everyone […] brings their friends and family,” added Quinn.