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Video by Garrett Thurston of Live Oaks wins state honors

Visitors to Columbus this spring will have the chance to see an award-winning video by Garrett Thurston of Turpin. His work “Orange Eater,” described as a “quirky, contemporary” video, was among the 300 top student art works chosen in this year’s Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.

Thurston is a junior in the Digital Arts and Design program at Live Oaks Career Campus.

His work was among 2,700 regional winners that qualified for state judging.

State judging was March 9th at Hilliard Davidson High School.  Judges selected the top 300 for the Ohio Governors Youth Art Exhibition held at Rhodes State Office Tower.  Twenty-five of those 300 works are given Awards of Excellence.  Fifty works are also selected for private display at the Ohio Department of Education and in the Governor’s Office. These top 75 works are all photographed and published in the yearly Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition Catalog/Program.  Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony held in Columbus on May 5th.

Several other Digital Arts and Design students from Live Oaks had their artwork selected in regional competition for state judging:  Emily Heemer of Loveland had a drawing, sculpture, and digital art submission selected; Shy Swartz of Turpin had two sculptures chosen; and Hayden Eckhardt of West Clermont had a photograph chosen to go on to state competition.

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition honors student artists from the state’s 1,112 public and private high schools.  This is the Exhibition’s 49th year, and the art will be on display from April 22-May 16.


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