April 5 - 26, 2019
This regional art show, now in its fourth decade, offers a chance for talented and dedicated high school art students to display their work in a professional setting.
We would like to thank you for your commitment to and participation in the annual Best of the Best Student Art Show! The variety and quality of the student submissions speaks volumes about the professionalism and talent of all who participated.
136 pieces were installed for the show at The SOU Oregon Center for the Arts (OCA) Marion Ady Galleries from 15 high schools in Jackson and Josephine Counties. 200 people attended the Opening Reception on Friday, April 5th and many more will continue to view the show until the end of the month.
Thanks to Max Malcomb, Art Instructor at Ashland High School, for serving as the Director this year. Erika Leppmann, SOU Professor of Art, the Student Gallery Director for the Center for Visual Arts at SOU, Madeleine Farmer and Jason Hayes, Preparator for the Schneider Museum of art and many SOU
art students provided invaluable support and we are most grateful to them all.
The Student Art Seminar, held on Friday, April 5th for the student artists with work in the show, was jointly coordinated by the BoB Director and the SOU Oregon Center for the Arts faculty with 70 students attending and 14 high quality workshop sessions available for them to choose from. Kelly Brand, SOU Alumnus and artist, gave an inspiring keynote address and taught two workshops on oil painting.
Jurors for the show chose first, second and third Place blue ribbon winners this year. Hanna Leigh Ferris from Ashland High School took first place for her mixed media piece titled What She Sees, Liliana Sloan from Grants Pass High School took second place for her mixed media piece titled Christmas Eve and Sadie Miller, from Grants Pass High School took third place for her acrylic painting titled Nightlife. The owners of Central Art Supply in Medford generously donated gift bags to all three artists to honor their work.
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