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April 4-26, 2015

15th Annual Regional High School Art Exhibit

An opening reception will be held from 1 – 3 p.m. Sunday to honor students, their teachers and family.  The award presentation will be at 2 p.m.

Dexter High School student Honey Patel has won Best of Show award for her drawing “Out of the Shadows” in the 15th Annual Regional Juried High School Art Exhibit at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum.

High school students from 21 area districts were invited to submit up to 12 originals works created in th 2014-15 school year to be displayed at the museum through April 26.
It was an honor and privilege to jury such an outstanding, diverse display of entries from our area High School youth!  The various media currently offered in the school art programs speak highly of the current teachers' interests in providing a wide range of artistic exposure.  The works show the intense interest, considerable time and patience, and applied techniques each student put into their works.  It was a difficult task to select only a few for awards as each student needs to feel very proud of their excellent work of art!
I was very impressed with the talent demonstrated in the area of drawing, particularly portraiture, so many deserving of awards.  Mixed media also offered great variety in subject matter, technique and medium.  Again, selecting a few winners out of so many excellent works was difficult. 

Sculpture had the largest number of entries and most diverse!  The tactile skill of "building" and creating a three dimensional object of art is challenging.  This group contained ceramics containing complicated detail, fascinating large paper sculptures, block letters constructed with precision, ingenious wire sculptures, an installation, and a precious paper mache' dog!  The winners in the sculpture category were chosen for their great detail and imagination. First place vase "Life's Impressions" was without flaw and worthy of special mention, congratulations!

Best in show was given to a pencil portrait that exemplified advanced technique and talent.  The detail in the eye, the disappearing edges and confidence in each stroke made it overall outstanding.

All students and teachers should be very proud of their excellent accomplishments.

Best of Show - Honey Patel
“Out of the Shadows”

MHAM High School Exhibit

First Place Painting - Josh Ladd
"Lost Among the Pixels"

MHAM High School Exhibit

First Place Drawing - Katie Coleman - Dexter

MHAM High School Exhibit

First Place Mixed Media - Mikayla Conner - Puxico
"Life on the Ranch"

MHAM High School Exhibit


Vicki Outman, (former Junior High and High School Art Teacher, current Pastel Artist with Visual Arts Cooperative in Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

Painting: Josh Ladd of Dexter, first place “Lost Among the Pixels”; second place “Viridis Devoratores”; Ali Cornelius of Puxico, third place “Elusive Memories” and Brieanna Chevy of Poplar Bluff, honorable mention “Sister Love.”

Drawing: Katie Coleman of Dexter, first place “Seeker”; Colton Alwes of Greenville, second place “Frisky and Playful”; Carice Godbey of Poplar Bluff, third place “Snow Dog” and Ali Cornelius of Puxico, honorable mention “An Ambiguous.”

Mixed Media: Mikayla Conner of Puxico, first place “Life on the Ranch”; Makayla Waldner of Dexter, second place “Cool Secret”; Samantha Cryts of Puxico, third place “Grandpa’s Watch and Jayda Kelly of Naylor, honorable mention “Beautiful Bones.”

Fiber: Molley Metheny of Campbell, first place “Peaceful Morning”; and Heaven Ruble of Greenville, second place “Macabre.”

Three Dimensional: Josh Hale of Puxico, first place “Life’s Impressions”;  Shelby Heaton of Puxico. Second place “Jack Sparrow in the Moon Curse”; Ruby Hefner of Greenville, third place “Facade” and Heaven Ruble of Greenville, honorable mention “1942.” - c. 1999-2015 Margaret Harwell Art Museum, City of Poplar Bluff, Missouri

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