Rio hosts annual high school art exhibit


Greer Museum guests view "Petal Explosion," one
of two Best In Show honorees at the fourth annual
HighSchool Juried Art Exhibition hosted by Rio
Grande. South Webster High School senior Taylor
Schonkwiler was the artist.

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The Fourth annual High School Juried Art Exhibition hosted by the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College closed Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Esther Allen Greer Museum.

The exhibition provided a showcase for high school juniors and seniors within 150 miles of Rio Grande. Each art teacher from public and private schools was allowed to submit up to 10 pieces for consideration.

Thirty-two total pieces were exhibited representing six regional high schools: Fairland High School, Jackson High School, Oak Hill High School, Ravenswood (W.V.) High School, River Valley High School and South Webster High School.

“Each year I walk away from this exhibit very impressed with the artistic talents produced throughout our region,” Greer Museum Director James Allen said. “The talent on display is truly inspirational. It’s always a joy for the Fine Arts Department at Rio Grande to host this exhibit and celebrate our future.”

Best In Show honors went to a pair of high school seniors, with each awarded a $500 Rio Grande scholarship. Jackson High’s Rachel Green won for her pencil/colored pencil work titled “Art From the Heart,” while South Webster High’s Taylor Schonkwiler won for her mixed media work titled “Petal Explosion.”

For more information about the High School Juried Art Exhibition, including next year’s event, please contact Allen at jallen@rio.edu or 740-709-6214.