April 2023   

SOU Pre-College Programs' regional art show, Best of the Best, offers an opportunity for exceptional high school art students to display their work, be recognized for their talent, and gain exposure to visual arts as a potential career and college pathway. 


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Three ways to view Best of the Best 2022:

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bestofthebest_artshow/

Video:  https://youtu.be/S6TDMeNVBUU

In-Person:  https://sou.edu/academics/art/galleries/


About Best of the Best:

The Best of the Best art show rotates locations annually, cycling between the Center for Visual Arts galleries at SOU, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, and Grants Pass Museum of Art. 

Each year, local area high schools are invited to participate in this event. The art instructors nominate junior and senior art students whose work represents the very best of what has been created in their art classroom that year. These participating students and their chaperoning art instructor are invited to attend a day-long seminar on SOU campus, where they will attend visual arts workshops in the campus art studios, attend an emerging guest artist's talk about their career and work, socialize with other talented art students during a pizza lunch hosted by Oregon Center for the Arts, and have their work judged by a special panel of guest judges.

Prizes are awarded to the top three placing pieces, and all the students receive a participation certificate and the opportunity to list this special recognition on future college & art school admissions and scholarship applications. Special thanks to Oregon Center for the Arts, Schneider Museum of Art, and Ashland ACE Hardware for their prize and seminar day donations.


Congratulations to our 2022 "Best of Show" winners:

Jesse Campbell of Grants Pass High School

Kelsey Hawkings of North Valley High School

Jasmine Rands of North Medford High School

Gillian Powell of Ashland High School

Ana-Marie Rowley of Hidden Valley High School

Camden Todd of Logos Charter School

Leydi Ramirez of Phoenix High School


Archive of Past Best of the Best Shows:

 2021 Best of the Best Virtual Art Show

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Virtually the Best! is a professionally curated and edited 20-minute video of the student artwork.

Each year SOU Youth Programs coordinates the Best of the Best Student Art Show, offering talented high school art students an opportunity to display their work in a professional setting.

We are happy to announce that the annual Best of the Best Student Art Show will be hosted at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center from Friday, April 16 through Friday, April 30, 2021. Because they are an Art Center as well as a gallery, they are open to the public for in-person visitation with modified rules to abide by state COVID-19 regulations. Please visit the gallery’s website for information on hours of operation.

We are very pleased to announce that a virtual exhibit of the show will also be available with the help of Kimbra LeCornu whose inspired technical skill will once again create Virtually the Best! a virtual installation of this year’s student artwork.

We are delighted that despite the difficulties faced this year by our high school art teachers and their students that so many have continued following their passion in creating insightful and beautiful artwork to share. Thanks to the efforts of many individuals there is now an opportunity to acknowledge the time, effort, and great talent that students from our region have put into their artwork.

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