Mount St. Joseph University

Commitment to Community: Mount Showcases High School Student Artwork in Selections 2017 Exhibit

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Flourishing Community Talent

Mount St. Joseph University’s Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery opens its doors to fellow communities for a diverse showcase of outstanding high school student art work, supporting the creative endeavors of young artists.

On November 12 through December 8, 2017, the Mount’s eighteenth biennial exhibition and awards gala, Selections 2017, will spotlight art works created by 124 area high school students as selected by their art teachers, and is cordially open to the public.

A public gallery reception will take place Sunday, November 12, 2 – 4 p.m. There will be a special Recognition Ceremony for participants beginning at 1 p.m. in the Mount Theatre led by alumna Lisa Sanger, '83, co-founder of the interactive design and development firm: Sanger & Eby.

For Selections 2017, Tri-State art teachers were invited to submit two artworks each, in any media, that were recently produced in their classes and were representative of the quality of their art programs.  This exhibition, highlighting these artworks, is a continuing commitment by Mount St. Joseph University to recognize and support the artistic endeavors of young people in our community, and to salute the excellent art teachers and art programs in area schools. 

Letting Educators be the Judges

In the late 1970s and early ‘80s, many Art & Design competitions for area high school art students existed; however, the winners were chosen by judges often outside the realm of high school art programs, and were oftentimes unfamiliar with the goals of contemporary art curricula.

Inspiration for Selections first emerged when the Mount Art faculty recognized that the art teachers themselves were likely the best judges of the strongest art work being created in their schools and of the students most deserving of recognition for their talent and hard work.

As a result, the Mount decided to invite the art teachers to serve as judges of its high school art exhibition; a community outreach event to raise awareness of the excellent quality of art making and art teaching occurring in the region.

Thus, in the fall of 1983, Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery hosted the first Selections 2017 exhibition. The title was chosen to reflect the fact that the art teachers made the decision as to the works (two per teacher) that would be shown in the Gallery. All high school art teachers within 50 miles of the University were invited, and 30 accepted the invitation. They loved the idea that their diligent, industrious students would get the attention they deserved.

Visit the Studio Gallery

Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, at the crossroads of Delhi and Neeb in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314, or contact Velma Dailey at

To learn more about the Art & Design Department and its programs, click here for details.