Huntington announces high school art exhibit winners


Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University hosted a high school art exhibit from March 7-28 in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.   

Thirty-one students, grades nine through 12, from six high schools were represented at the show. Participating high schools included the following: 

  • Central A&M High School, Moweaqua, Ill. (1 student)  

  • Homestead High School, Fort Wayne, Ind. (10 students)  

  • Huntington North High School, Huntington, Ind. (10 students)  

  • Norwell High School, Ossian, Ind. (1 student)  

  • Oak Hill High School, Marion, Ind. (8 students)  

  • Tuslaw High School, Massillon, Ohio (1 student)  

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for regional high school students to have a professional quality exhibit to showcase their work,” said Rebecca Coffman, professor of art. “It’s also a great opportunity to introduce them to Huntington University. Most importantly, we want to celebrate the visual arts being created by high school students in this area.” 

The competition was open to high school students within a 150-mile radius of the university.   

The exhibition awards were juried by Huntington University Department of Visual Arts faculty including Professor Rebecca Coffman, professor of art, and Professor Andrew Dickson, assistant professor of art. Best of show, first place, second place, and third place awards along with cash prizes were given. 

The awards reception was held on March 10. The following students received recognitions: 

Award Recipient  Award Title of Work Medium 
Janna Kurzen(Tuslaw High School)
Best of Show “Sunrise on Snow” acrylic painting 
Felicia Pettigrew(Central A&M High School)
First Place Overall “Curvature of Slab” ceramic 
Macklin OShaughnessy(Homestead High School)
Second Place Overall “Dear Creek Road” black & white photography 
Lorry Plasterer(Huntington North High School) Third Place Overall  “Bracelet” copper, nugold, nickel silver 
Lindsey Larsen(Huntington North High School)
Outstanding Achievement: Drawing “Snap Reminder” colored pencil  
Tyson Rumple(Oak Hill High School)

Achievement: Drawing

“Blues Mood” inkpad & fingertips 
Sharayah Schoberg(Oak Hill High School)
Outstanding Achievement: Painting “Underwater Odyssey” watercolor  
Niki Leeper(Independent)
Outstanding Achievement: Sculpture “The Seer” found object 
Eric Gould(Homestead High School) Outstanding Achievement: Fiber Arts “Choctaw Pouch”  fiber 
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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