Westerville South student’s painting selected in 2021 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition

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The assignment in Amy Roush’s art class at Westerville South High School was to create a series of mini paintings that tell a story or show a scene. 

Junior Harper Fullen was drawn to images she felt captured an obstacle or displayed a struggle. She centered her acrylic paintings on several images that featured hands and faces in motion.

When Fullen brought her finished piece titled “Vice” to class, Roush was stunned. She was so impressed with the series that she submitted it to the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition, where it was selected in the regional level. She learned earlier this week that Fullen’s piece was chosen for the statewide exhibition.

“I was happy when I found out,” Fullen said. “It makes me feel better with trying to do art in the future.”

More than 2,440 students throughout the state submitted 6,280 entries in this year’s competition. Regional jurors cut the field to 15% or 1,030 pieces. State jurors narrowed the state winners to the Top 25, 283 in the primary exhibition and 59 “cameo” winners. 

The 2021 exhibition and awards ceremony will be held virtually on the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition website on April 25. The event will feature scholarship presentations, messages from special guests and an opportunity to view the artwork.