Friday, April 3, 2015

MVCTC Students Selected as Semi-Finalist in 2015 Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit

Caitlin Shuttleworth, MVCTC Graphic Art student from Arcanum, was selected in the Top 300 at the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibit and will have her art displayed in Columbus this spring.
Blayne Mitchell, MVCTC Photography student from
Miami East, was selected as an Ohio Governor's Youth Art
Exhibit Semi-Finalists.
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Digital Design, Graphic Commercial Art and Photography programs had 10 works of art selected as Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibit Semi-Finalists from hundreds of entries on March 7, at Stivers School for the Arts (Southwest Regional judging location). The semi-finalists advanced to Columbus where state judging took place on Saturday, March 14, to choose the top 300 winners.

Judges for this level of competition are chosen from all over the country and are generally professional artists, college level instructors, or both. From the 12,000 regional entries from the 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25 of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor's Award of Excellence. Scholarships are offered to seniors by over 30 universities and colleges of art. For instance, The Kettering School of Advertising Art awards $10,000 scholarships for each winner and the Columbus College of Art and Design awards $1,000 per winner.

MVCTC Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibit Semi-Finalists:
  • Abigail Gehron (Photography student from Valley View)
  • Mary Heeren (Digital Design student from West Carrollton)
  • Miranda Johnson (Graphic Art student from Huber Heights)
  • Jesse Ly (Photography student from Vandalia)
  • Blayne Mitchell (Photography student from Miami East)
  • Mia Pennington (Photography student from West Carrollton)
  • Blair Roach (Digital Design student from Valley View)
  • Caitlin Shuttleworth (Graphic Art student from Arcanum) was selected in the Top 300 and will have her work displayed in Columbus
  • Kaitlin Staggs (Graphic Art student from Northmont)
  • Darion Yarbrough (Digital Design student from Northmont)
Mary Heeren's short film "A New Beginning" and Darion Yarbrough's short film "Chasing Keys" are available to view at Blair Roach’s digital artwork "Every Breath You Take" will be available to view in her senior portfolio website, posted during fourth quarter.

The exhibit opens with an awards ceremony on April 12, 2015, and will continue until May 14, weekdays 8am - 5pm. at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, see the website:

MVCTC is located in Clayton and serves 27 area high schools in five southwestern Ohio counties (Montgomery, Warren, Preble, Darke, and Miami). The career technical programs at MVCTC are designed to teach students skills relevant to their career goals, while maintaining challenging academic classes and building relationships with classmates, instructors, and business leaders to help them be successful. The opportunities available at MVCTC prepare students for the workforce and college and allow them to graduate with industry certifications and thousands of dollars toward their college education.

For more information on the opportunities offered at MVCTC, please visit

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