Six students selected for Ohio Young Art Month exhibitions

Summit art students pose for a photo

Six students from The Summit Country Day School whose artwork will be on display in state art exhibitions are, from left, front row, Lexi Eastman, Callie Chadwell and Anne Marie Misrach; back row, Sarah Stewart, Matthew Langenderfer and Zaina Kamran.

The artworks of six students at The Summit Country Day School have been selected for two state art exhibitions that celebrate Youth Art Month.
Second grader Callie Chadwell, Withamsville; sixth grader Lexi Eastman, Madisonville; and eighth grader Sarah Stewart, Hyde Park, will be honored in a Youth Art Month (YAM) exhibition recognition ceremony on Saturday, March 7 at the State Teacher’s Retirement Systems (STRS) building in Columbus. Their art will be among 138 works from across the state on display from February 22 to March 21 in the STRS building.

Third grader Anne Marie Misrach, Hyde Park; sixth grader Zaina Kamran, Mason; and eighth grader Matthew Langenderfer, Montgomery, will be honored at a Young People’s Art Exhibition (YPAE) recognition ceremony on Saturday, March 7 at the Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. This year, 135 works of art from across the state were chosen. The artwork will be on display in Rhodes Tower from February 22 to March 18 in conjunction with Youth Art Month in Ohio. 

The Summit artists are the students of Lower School art teacher Hilary Carvitti and Middle School art teachers Samantha England and Paula Yarnell. 

“The Ohio Art Education Association has hosted these two statewide art shows since 1980,” said Carrie Barnett, The Summit’s Upper School art teacher and this year’s president of the Ohio Art Education Association. OAEA members can submit up to five student works from grades PreK – 8 for judging in these two shows, and each teacher will have one piece selected for each show 

“Teachers who encourage their students to participate in these two art shows understand the importance of recognizing the creative efforts of their students,” said Mrs. Barnett. “It takes time and energy on behalf of the art teacher to add exhibition components to their art programs, but the benefit to the students is immeasurable. The arts create within individuals self-confidence, the ability to express ideas and the capability to be creative problem-solvers. In order to create individuals who will continue to challenge the status quo and think outside of the box, we must include the arts in our children’s education. The Summit holds this responsibility in high regard as one of our five pillars of education is the artistic pillar.”