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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:43 pm

A younger crowd than usual filled the Claypool-Young Art building on Wednesday for the annual High School Art Day. 

Students from 23 different high schools came to Morehead State to participate art-related events.  Several art activities were hosted throughout the building, including demonstrations by MSU professors and a newspaper sculpture competition. They also had the opportunity to view artwork in the Burley-Coal Art Exhibition.  

The exhibition is a regional competition for high school students throughout Kentucky, hosted through the Kentucky Association of Art Education. Work for the exhibition has been on display since last Wednesday, and was judged across a number of categories.  The winners of this competition will go on to compete on a state level.  

The overall event offered the students an opportunity to compete and compare their work against other high school students in the region, and offered the university a chance to show off its art department. 

“I think it’s a great way to showcase the best work you acquire over a year,” said Mike Spears, an art teacher from Boyd County High School. “It gives students an opportunity to see what everyone else is doing, maybe even get some inspiration, and obviously see what other competition is out there.”  

Although expressing that his students didn’t expect to place, Spears also stated that he encouraged his students to be excited if they placed in the competition, but to not be discouraged should they not.  

“You can never know what the judges are really looking for,” said Spears. “I’ve told them I’ve had a piece win first for one show, and not win in another show.” 

Emily Murphy, a senior of BCHS whose work was on display in the exhibition, explained that she drew her artistic inspiration from her mother. 

“My mother is an artist,” said Murphy, who placed third in the drawing category, “and I’ve grown up with art.” 

She also stated that she didn’t expect to place in the competition, and that just seeing her work hang in the gallery gave her more confidence in her art.  

Students also participated in multiple other events throughout the building including a newspaper sculpture competition, which was won by Sheldon Clark High School for the construction of a giant teddy bear. Students also had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with clay as well as creating Rangoli and Jhoti style art. Visiting students could also watch demonstrations, such as that by MSU associate professor Dongfeng Liwho did a demonstration in watercolor for the visiting students. 

Student pieces from the exhibition that won first place or best in show will go on to compete at an all-state level competition through the Kentucky Association of Art Education in April in Covington, Kentucky. 

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