Robert Wright

“Twins,” Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48,” 2017.

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Exhibition: ‘State of the Arts’ celebrates high school art educators in the Ohio region


The School of Art + Design presents a juried selection of art from visual art educators across the state in Ohio University’s fifth annual “State of the Arts” exhibition, on view Sept. 26–Oct. 14, in the Ohio University Art Gallery, Seigfred Hall. An opening reception is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in the gallery, and is free and open to the public.

This year’s exhibition includes a spectrum of creative practice, work from artists hailing from cities across the state. Representing a growing network of high school art teachers currently working in Ohio, “State of the Arts” provides a unique platform for recognizing the professionalism, diversity and clear commitment to art found throughout the state.

Artists were invited to submit up to three works for consideration from which faculty and graduate students in the School of Art + Design made final selections for the show. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media pieces, representing 47 art educators from all across the state.

“We invite high school art teachers to participate in this show as a way to showcase their work, to support the teacher as a working artist, to their students,” says Rosemarie Basile, assistant director of student services for the School of Art + Design.

“The School of Art + Design is grateful to all high school art teachers for their dedicated efforts in mentoring and training the next generation. It is from the energy these teachers put towards cultivating courage and curiosity, imagination and independent thinking, that many students choose to pursue careers in the arts,” says Julie Dummermuth, director of the School of Art + Design. “Not only do we wish to celebrate this critical role, we wish to acknowledge the value of their own work and the impact it continues to have."

The School of Art + Design is the only school in Ohio that supports this type of exhibition geared towards high school art teachers. 

The School of Art + Design hosts an opening reception in the gallery at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 and the gallery will remain open until 8 p.m. The reception is in conjunction with the College of Fine Arts’ “Experience the Arts Day,” an annual event in which hundreds of prospective students and parents spend the day getting acquainted with the art programs and facilities available at Ohio University.

The exhibition can be viewed in the Ohio University Art Gallery in Seigfred Hall 536, Sept. 26–Oct. 14, with open gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

This College of Fine Arts event is made possible through support from Arts for OHIO.