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January 30, 2023

Badin’s Harris earns first place award in annual Middletown art exhibition

Badin High School junior Paige Harris earned a first place award and four other BHS students received honors in the annual “Tomorrow’s Artists Today” competition at the Middletown Arts Center.

In all, 23 Badin artists had 41 pieces of artwork juried into the annual exhibition in Middletown.

“This is always an excellent showcase for our talented art students,” said Mrs. Sarah Daniels, the chair of Badin’s Fine Arts Department. “Our students show so much creativity all across the board and it’s a pleasure to see their skill rewarded.”

Harris earned her first place in the painting category for her watercolor, “Urban Renewal.”

Senior Olivia Blanton earned two awards – a second place for her digital painting, “My House Flooded.” She added an honorable mention in the digital photography category for her piece, “Man Eater.”

Junior Emmy Demmel also earned two awards – a second place in the painting category for her acrylic painting, “Countryside Barn.” She added an honorable mention for her fashion illustration piece, “Athena.”

Freshman Alexis Brecht won third place in the digital photography category for her photo, “Left and Right.” And senior Eva Groh received an honorable mention in the drawing category for her pastel drawing, “A Slip of Sincerity.”

Harris had three pieces of art in the program and Groh had two.

“I think the fact that we had a number of students with multiple pieces of art juried into the exhibition speaks really well of them,” Daniels said. “They have ability in several areas and it’s confirmed when others are considering their efforts.”

Other Badin students with artwork in the exhibition, and the number of pieces, include seniors Spencer Blauvelt (3), Josie Grabel, Alyssa Jackson (2), Carrie Merhout (4), Dominic Pate, Kendyl Roberts (2), Emily Snellgrove and Rebecca Wade; juniors Amber Buss (3), Halle Klaiber, Eli Little and Lena Trokhan; sophomores Molly Black, Elizabeth Carruthers (2), Dylan Fleckenstein (3) and Claire Mazes; and freshmen Isabel Neises (2) and Vivian Zettler.

A total of 192 pieces of art from 16 schools were juried into the exhibition – with more than 20 percent from the 23 Badin students.

Graduating senior art students at Badin have been admitted to the University of Cincinnati (Design, Art, Architecture and Planning – DAAP), Kent State, Ohio University, Xavier University and the Art Academy of Cincinnati into programs such as Graphic Design, Design Communication, Art Education and Art Therapy.

The Middletown Arts Center is located on Verity Parkway. It opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday and periodically on weekends. To visit the “Tomorrow’s Artists Today” exhibit, please call (513) 424-2417. The exhibition runs through Feb. 16.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, or (513) 869-4490

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Five Badin High School art students earned awards at the annual 'Tomorrow's Artists Today' exhibition sponsored by the Middletown Arts Center. Flanked by Badin art teachers Mrs. Michelle Martin-McDulin and Mrs. Sarah Daniels at left, and Mr. Darrell Williams at right, the winners included: freshman Lexi Brecht, junior Emmy Demmel, senior Olivia Blanton, junior Paige Harris and senior Eva Groh. Harris won first place honors in the painting category. The exhibition runs through Feb. 16.