Huntington announces high school art exhibit winners

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University announced the winners of the third annual High School Art Exhibit at an artists’ reception March 8.

The exhibit will run through March 28 in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. 

The show features 47 entries from students grades nine through 12. Participating high schools include the following:

  • Fairfield High School, Fairfield, Pa.

  • Hillsdale High School, Hillsdale, Mich.

  • Homestead High School, Fort Wayne, Ind.

  • Hopkins High School, Hopkins, Mich.

  • Huntington North High School, Huntington, Ind.

  • Lakewood Park Christian School, Auburn, Ind.

  • Northrop High School, Fort Wayne, Ind.

  • Oak Hill High School, Converse, Ind.

  • Wawasee High School, Syracuse, Ind.

  • “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 exhibition awards were juried by Huntington University Department of Visual Arts faculty including Rebecca Coffman, professor of art; Ken Hopper, associate professor of art; and Barb Michel, visiting instructor in art. Best of show, first place, second place and third place awards along with cash prizes were given.

“There is great variety in the work, and we are excited to have it on exhibit through the end of March,” Michel said. “In our evaluations, faculty members were impressed by students’ competence of media and originality.”

The following students received recognitions:

Award Recipient  


Title of Work 


Krista Spearman(Wawasee High School)

Best of Show

"Message in a Bottle"

charcoal drawing

Bethany Cummins(Lakewood Park Christian School)

First Place Overall


wire sculpture

Josh Riggle(Huntington North High School)

Second Place Overall

"V Box"

sterling silver piece

Heather Schmidt(Homestead High School)

Third Place Overall

 "Guardian of the Sea"

digital photo

Jennifer Welch
(Hopkins High School)

Honorable Mention


acrylic painting

Lauren Dobbins(Homestead High School)

Honorable Mention

"A Touch of Blue"

digital photo

Audrey Burman(Northrop High School)

Honorable Mention


photo set

Sarah Koldewey(Lakewood Park Christian School)

Honorable Mention



Krista Spearman
(Wawasee High School)

Honorable Mention


colored pencil drawing

Josh Zahm
(Huntington North High School)

Honorable Mention

"Raku Bowl"

ceramic piece

The high school art exhibit is open to the public. The Robert E. Wilson Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., before and after all Merillat Centre performances, and by appointment. For further information, contact Barb Michel, interim gallery director, at (260) 359-4172.

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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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