CJ Artwork on Display

Artwork by two CJ students has been selected for display at the 41st annual Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, opening Sunday, April 10.

The competition, according to its Web site, accepted 12,000 regional entries from all Ohio high schools. Judges then chose 2,500 regional winners, only 300 of which were recognized at the state level. Freshman Patrick Zopff and senior Rachel Ruttle—two of CJ’s five regional winners—were each named sate winners and, as part of that small group, will have their pieces featured at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus through Thursday, May 12.

“It’s really a huge honor, I’ve never won anything this big,” Zopff said.  He submitted his winning painting titled Potential, a still life done as an assignment in Mrs. Diana Barr’s Art 1 class, after some encouragement from his instructor. The underclassman is involved in the Art Club and the FreshMan Club at CJ.

Barr, art teacher and department chair, also teaches Ruttle in her Art 2 class. The senior’s winning nature photograph titled Decay was not the first of her artwork to be honored this year. In February she was recognized, along with senior classmate Margaret Cleary, during a ceremony at the K12 Gallery for her regional Honorable Mention and Silver Key award-winning photographs in the Scholastic Art Awards.

At CJ, Ruttle has been heavily involved in performing arts as a theatre regular and member of the pop a cappella group VEGA, and is vice president of the Art Club. She plans to study photography at Columbia University in Chicago upon graduation.

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition opens Sunday, April 10 with an awards ceremony at noon in The Riffe Center Capitol Theatre located at 77 S. High Street in Columbus (directions).

Stop by the Fifth Third Centre and spend some time viewing more excellent works of art produced by CJ students.  The Eagles have the entire lobby for their exhibition which runs from Friday, April 8 to Friday, April 29.  The building is open week days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. See you at the show!