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Huntington announces High School Art Exhibit winners

Huntington, Ind.-The winners of Huntington University's fourth annual High School Art Exhibit were recently named at an artists' reception.

The exhibit will run through Feb. 19 in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The show features 58 pieces from students in grades nine through 12 from high schools in five area counties.

"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; Lee Shortridge, assistant 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," 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


Ethan Davis
(independent entry from Huntington, Ind.)

Best of Show

"The Baby Tree"

Digital Photo

Cassandra Kuczmanski(Homestead High School)

First Place Overall

"Circle of Friends"


Cole Mishler(Whitko High School)

Second Place Overall

"Worn Out"

Lino Block Print

Lindsey Burson
(Huntington North High School)

Third Place Overall

"I'm with Stupid"

Conte Crayon

Sarayah Moore
(Maconaquah High School)

Honorable Mention

"No Hands"


Anne Kessie(Whitko High School)

Honorable Mention



Morgan Terrill(Whitko High School)

Honorable Mention



Rachel Woodcox(Whitko High School)

Honorable Mention

"Mom, Someone Took a Bite"

Clay, Metal

Shonah Landes(Sheridan High School)

Honorable Mention



Ethan Davis(Huntington North High School)

Honorable Mention

"Flame Man"

Inkjet on Paper

Jessica Hines(Huntington North High School)

Honorable Mention

"Circuit Overload"

Digital Photo/Inkjet

Michael Garretson(Huntington North High School)

Honorable Mention

"My Shattered Identity"

Mixed Media

Jacob Leonhardt(Keystone Schools)

Honorable Mention

""Viva La Vida"


Chelsea Trumbull(Keystone Schools)

Honorable Mention

"Old Friends"


Matt Rose(Homestead High School)

Honorable Mention

"Lidded Trio"


John Lain(Homestead High School)

Honorable Mention

"White Lips with Grapes"

Colored Pencil

Alexandria Zimmerman(Homestead High School)

Honorable Mention

"Familiar Faces"

Dark Room Photography

Nikki Leeper(independent entry from Huntington, Ind.)

Honorable Mention


Mixed Media

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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