New Philadelphia art students place in Governor’s show

New Philadelphia art students place in Governor’s show

Lorin Elmer, sophomore, Art II, “Many Me,” watercolor


Five New Philadelphia High School art students have placed in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition regional finals. The exhibition, which showcases the work of young Ohio artists from schools throughout the state, would normally be on display this spring at Rhodes Tower in Columbus.

New Philadelphia High School art teachers Heather Agar and Stephanie Speedy said while the awards ceremony has been cancelled this year to comply with restrictions in place due to the coronavirus, an exhibition of the chosen artworks may be on display at Rhodes Tower this summer.

The five finalist students are Lorin Emler, Brynnle Hill, Audrey Stanley, Anna Winn and Rylee Steele.

“The process began with 10,000-11,000 entries from across the state,” Agar said. “There were 27 students who placed from this region, and one of the five finalists from our school, Rylee Steele, actually had two pieces selected, and one of them made the top 25 overall. This is a first for New Philadelphia High School, and we’re pretty excited. They used a range of media for their entries.”

Speedy said the instructors keep an eye on the work the students do during the year for possible submissions to the Youth Art Exhibition. “Most of the work that gets entered is done during classroom time, and there are some things they do independently.”

“They worked in a variety of media,” Agar said. “We do a lot of print taking in class, so that played a big role in what they were doing. They also did drawings and painted pieces. There’s a lot of mixed media.”

Regional judging for the competition was held at Indian Valley High School on March 7. There, of nearly 400 entries, 27 NPHS art students had work chosen including Maranda Anderson, Fiona Armstrong, Aaron Chek, QianQian Chen, Joey Daskowski, Nathaniel Demuth with two works, Lorin Emler, Mackenzie Fahner, Nayeli Flores, Brynnle Hill, Tristan Imer with two works, Paige Keller with two works, Paula Lamperti, Alexis Mamula, Brianna Page, Madyson Robbins, Ajia Schreffler, Audrey Stanley, Rylie Steele with three works, Anna Winn and Kari Yanders with two.

In addition, Anderson, Daskowski, Imer, Mamula, Page, Schreffler, Stanley and Kari Yanders had works chosen for honors by the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts in New Philadelphia.

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, which is marking its 50th year in 2020, is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of young people in the state of Ohio.

The exhibition is open to all of Ohio’s 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education.

The purpose is to provide all budding young artists of the state with opportunities to advance their talent, whether that be through scholarships or experiencing the process of entering their work in a competition. The exhibition is a valuable incentive for young people; it encourages an appreciation for the arts throughout Ohio and reflects the quality of art instruction and talent that exist in the state.

Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition director Thad Ricker said updates related to the show’s current status are available at, where a catalog of student works also is available for the current and past years.

Speedy and Agar said students are keeping up with their arts studies as classes have moved online and at home. “They’re continuing to do art,” Speedy said, “though they don’t have access to their classroom materials.”

“And they have to be extra creative,” Agar said. “They’re out looking for found objects to use.”

The New Philadelphia Art Department displays current work at their dedicated Facebook page.

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