(Feb. 1, 2018) – Four students from Wooster City School District have been selected to show their artwork at the 2018 Statehouse Student Exhibition, a state-wide showcase open to the public at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, from April 2-28. The exhibition, which will display works from 40 students in grades K-12, is part of a month-long celebration of the arts and arts education in Ohio.
The students whose artwork will be featured include Parkview Elementary School students Lyra Kane (second grade) and Emma Behler (third grade) and Edgewood Middle School students Cheyenne Cox (fifth grade) and Madison Giauque (seventh grade). The students were selected by art teachers Ashley Bowman (Parkview) and Katelyn Freday (Edgewood), who were nominated by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) to make the final decision.
“It is so important for students to showcase their work, as they are creative individuals with unique perspectives,” said Freday. “Wooster City Schools are so supportive of the arts, and it is crucial that we showcase the immense talents that our students have.”
Hosted by the Ohio Art Education Association, along with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, and Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, the exhibition will recognize the talents, creativity and innovation of Ohio students who receive high quality arts education instruction as part of their academic experience in school.
"Students love art class and learn various skills that employers are desiring. Employers are seeking collaboration, communication, problem-solving, confidence, etc. and these are skills they are learning in visual arts classes,” said Bowman. “There has been a whole child shift in Wooster and I would love for this to evolve in the artistic opportunities we provide for our students."
At the conclusion of the showcase on Saturday, April 28, there will be a closing reception to recognize the artists at the Ohio Statehouse at noon.