The College of Mount St. Joseph’s art department has announced the winners of its Selections 2013 high school art contest scholarship.
The senior winners were Abby Semler of Summit Country Day School and Aleta Hegge from Beechwood High School. The junior winners were Jared Ziegler from Colerain High School and Steven Faris from Covington Catholic High School.
Semler won the top prize, a $5,000 scholarship to the Mount if she chooses to attend, for her entry, a digital photograph titled “Bubble Crack.”
Hegge’s marker “Self-Portrait,” Ziegler’s pencil “Tons of Skeleton” and Faris’s mixed media “The Wolf Who Cried Man” all won $2,000 scholarships.
The criteria for a scholarship include demonstration of creative ability, an art teacher’s letter of recommendation, a personal essay and an academic transcript. Art teachers from Cincinnati-area high schools made the decisions as to which entries would win scholarships, and which would be showcased in the Mount’s Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery.
“This art contest gives high school art students a chance to get attention for their work, and the chance to a part of a Mount art exhibition,” said Velma Dailey, gallery director at the Mount. “These students deserve recognition, and we are glad to give it to them.”
Selections 2013 marks the 16th edition of this series of exhibitions. This year, participants included 43 high schools, 64 art teachers and 121 students.
The winners’ pieces were displayed in the Mount’s Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.