The Southern Hills Arts Council (SHAC) has just wrapped up the 2020 High School Art Show -- the virtual edition. This year’s event was not displayed in the Markay Cultural Arts Center Gallery, but instead showcased on the SHAC and Markay Facebook pages. 

As in previous years, Best of Show took home the top $100 prize, and each respective high school had its own $50 first-prize winner. In addition, a new category was just announced -- the People’s Choice Award, which provides a $75 cash prize. 

This year’s judge was Amy Landrum, a local artist and educator, who had the almost impossible task of choosing all top-prize winners. Landrum earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with Advertising concentration in 1995 from Ohio University, her Master’s degree of Education in Classroom Teaching with Fine Arts Concentration in 1998 from the University of Rio Grande, and completed the entirety of the coursework in 2002 for the doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Arts with concentrations in Visual Art and Literature at Ohio University.

Landrum has exhibited her own visual art locally at the Greer Museum in Rio Grande, the Markay in Jackson, and she entered the Foothills Art Festival several times over the years. She has taught adjunct college courses in Fine Arts, Humanities, and English Composition for 25 years. Landrum currently teaches both online and in-person. When she isn’t teaching or making art, the educator is usually outside walking her dogs, spending real time with friends, or appreciating the beautiful sky. Because of her love of creativity and desire to support and promote all aspects of the arts in the own community, Landrum was the perfect choice as this year’s judge.

SHAC would also like to take a moment to commend the art teachers from each of the schools for their dedication to the artistic enrichment of their students during this trying time: Shaun Gentry, JHS; Angie Richards, OHHS; and Julie Beaudry, WHS.

Each winning entry not only receives a cash prize, but will also be awarded ribbons and rosettes donated by Randy Dupree, candidate for Probate-Juvenile Judge. 

Elizabeth Vanmatre, a JHS senior, took home the top prize of Best of Show for her sculpture. Her prize was donated by Jonathan and Susanna Blanton. The People’s Choice Award went to WHS sophomore Hadley Fain for her scratchboard which earned 180 votes. Paul Brown graciously sponsored the People’s Choice Award this year. 

Doug and Alice Margee Jones sponsored the first-place prize for Wellston schools, which went to Hadley Fain. Top prize in Oak Hill went to senior Abigail Staiger. Her prize was sponsored by Judge Stephen Michael. Bob and Sarah Eisnaugle have sponsored the first-place prize for Jackson, which goes to junior Elizabeth Perry.

Honorable ribbons were awarded as follows: Elizabeth Perry, JHS, second place; Chloe Adkins, JHS, third place; Kylee Hendershott, WHS, second place; Kylie Daniels, WHS, third place; Jared Fleming, OHHS, second place; and Shannon Conley, OHHS, third place. 

Students may pick up their prizes at the Markay Gallery, 269 East Main Street in downtown Jackson, from Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

 “The Southern Hills Arts Council would like to once again thank all of its generous sponsors and hopes that the community has enjoyed the opportunity to see all of the wonderful work from area local schools,” a spokesman said.