JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – This exhibit showcases the artistic talents of students from across the region.
The Student Works juried exhibit is on view through May 28 at the AmeriServ Activity Center at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.
High school students from Bedford, Cambria and Somerset counties submitted their original artwork for judging.
The exhibit features work by students from Bishop McCort Catholic, Chestnut Ridge, Conemaugh Valley, North Star, and Windber Area high schools.
Along with the show, Bottle Works provided cash scholarships to four students and provided art supplies to classrooms.
“We’re always trying to find ways to create a platform for emerging artists and encourage their creative journey, and we also want to be a support for teachers,” said Melody Tisinger, Director of Advancement and Bottle Works operations.
“By hosting exhibitions and events like the Student Works Fair, it lets students know there is a future in creative vocations.”
The exhibition includes 56 pieces, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery and mixed media.
“The kids made some really cool artwork, and it’s well thought out,” Tisinger said.
“You can tell what excites them.”
Each grade received three awards – Best of Grade, Director’s Choice, and Honorable Mention.
Top winners received $500 cash scholarships to be used for arts education.
The winners of the director’s choice received a scholarship for educational programming from Bottle Works.
• Seniors: Best of grade, Trinity Conklin, Chestnut Ridge, “Recycled Sloth”; director’s choice, Vy Hoang, Chestnut Ridge, “Sleepover”; and honorable mention, Mason Conklin, Bishop McCort, “Elk”.
• Juniors: Best of grade, Tehya Dibert, Chestnut Ridge, “Twin Fish Batik”; Director’s Choice, Anna Grandus, North Star, “Hands”; and honorable mention, Belle Busch, Chestnut Ridge, “Elephant”.
• Second year students: Best of grade, Isabella Hillegass, Chestnut Ridge, “Mother Nature’s Nest”; Director’s Choice, Karalyn Bailey, Bishop McCort, “City”; and Honorable Mention, RJ Shayestch, Bishop McCort, “New York.”
• Freshmen: Best of Class, Ariana Skebeck, Conemaugh Valley, “Mom? » ; Director’s Choice, Jaelyn McClintok, Bishop McCort, “Jaelyn”; and honorable mention, Makaela Hetrick, Chestnut Ridge, “Blushing Apledoom”.
In addition to student prizes, Bottle Works presented Chestnut Ridge and Conemaugh Valley with new art supplies worth $500.
“It was important for us to recognize not only the students, but also the schools that support those students,” Tisinger said.
“Many teachers often use their own money to supply their classrooms. By providing class allowances, we recognize their efforts and support them.
Expo sponsors include Ameri-Serv Financial, RDM-Johnstown, CTC Foundation, Slovenian Savings and Loans, and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
There is no charge to attend.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 814-535-2020 or visit www.bottleworks.org.