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Keirns-Hostetler

Sarah Keirns and David Hostetler pose in front of one of his sculptures

Photo courtesy of: Kennedy Museum of Art

Keirns-Hostetler

Sarah Keirns and David Hostetler pose in front of Keirns' photo

Photo courtesy of: Kennedy Museum of Art

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Professor emeritus congratulates great-granddaughter on photo achievement


The High School Photography Exhibition at Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art opened Jan. 19, and featured student photography from Athens High School and Federal Hocking High School. 

The exhibit, which will close April 8, is free and open to the public.

While all of the students' photos were inspiring and well received, the work of Sarah Keirns, a sophomore at Federal Hocking High School and an honors student, stood out above the rest. Her stunning black and white photo of a rhinoceros called Peek-a-Boo was chosen for display by a Federal Hocking art jury.

The work brought praise from a local internationally known artist who is related to Keirns. Her great-grandfather David Hostetler came to congratulate her on her achievement. His works "Anasazi Goddess Fetish #4" and "Canyonland Petrograph Series" are on display at the Kennedy Museum as well.

Hostetler is a renowned sculptor who received his art degree from Indiana University in 1948 and received his Master's of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 1949. He taught at Ohio University for 38 years, achieving the title of professor emeritus.

One of Hostetler's most notable works is a 13-foot piece called "The Duo," which is displayed in a pocket park at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City. Although he has retired from teaching, he still is working from his home outside of Athens.

Ed Pauley, the director of the Kennedy Museum, said, "It is inspiring to see how art, in any form, can surpass generational divides and unite people together, family or not."

For more information, contact the Kennedy Museum of Art at 740-593-1304.