OJH Art Student Chosen for MSU Juried Exhibition
What started as a conversation between Ozark Junior High freshman Arden Taylor and OJH Assistant Principal Dr. Phillip Link, turned into having artwork accepted into a virtual juried exhibition for high school art and design students at Missouri State University.
“It's evident that Arden has found his passion and utilizes his talents and strengths to enhance it,” Link said. “In speaking with him about each piece you quickly learn that every detail, even down to the color of paint selected, is thoroughly reflected upon and analyzed.”
Link told OJH Art Teacher Lindsey Johnson about the sculptures Taylor creates at home. And after seeing the photos, Johnson encouraged Taylor to enter into the MSU art competition.
“I’m always proud when I have students as talented as Arden who can take what we do in the classroom, build on it and make it so much better than the basic elements that we talk about,” Johnson said. “Seeing students take it to the next level is what my job is all about. I’m so excited when my students are successful.”
The three pieces of Taylor’s work that will be in the exhibit — The Bust of Le´roy Skiddel, Woden and Mamiko Daughter of Sea — are made from cardboard, hot glue and recycled materials. After designing the base, Taylor uses paper mache to create details and acrylic paint to bring it to life.
When asked his favorite part, he simply says “all of it.”
“Ever since I was little, I liked building with cardboard. It’s cheap and I can let my imagination go wild,” said Taylor, who hopes to pursue art after high school. “I enjoy the freedom of self-expression and being able to see what I see, capture emotion and put it into art.”
Out of the 140 high school students who entered the competition, only 55 were accepted into the show.
“The jurors reviewed and evaluated each entry independently and their scores were compiled and averaged to determine the results,” according to Taylor’s acceptance letter. “It was an honor to review the works submitted and see the very high caliber of work being created in high school classrooms in the state of Missouri.”
The virtual exhibition opens May 30.