The 50th Anniversary Hamilton Current Exhibition!

Jamie Schorsch, alongside 71 area artists, are exhibiting their work in the 50th Anniversary Hamilton Current Exhibition at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts! Their artwork selected for the juried exhibition will be projected larger than life on the Fitton Center’s exterior in an exciting new week-long outdoor digital presentation. Stop by any night May 28th – June 4th between 8:00pm – midnight to check out the projection!

Related Press:

https://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/visual-arts/blog/21152549/hamiltons-50th-current-art-exhibition-offers-a-monumental-art-light-experience

SOS Art Cincinnati 2021

SOS Art Cincinnati sponsors a yearly SOS ART Show and Event of creative expressions for peace and justice. This year, OHHS Art and Design students from: Art Foundations; Painting and Public Art; Drawing and Printmaking; Digital Art Foundations, and Adobe Photoshop classes will be participating by exhibiting 40 artworks in the event. Students will be exhibiting alongside many established artists, including OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch, all addressing issues related to peace and justice.

The  primary objectives of SOS Art Cincinnati are:
To promote the use of art as a vehicle for peace and justice and for a better world.
To provide art-related educational programs towards peace and justice for all ages.
To help facilitate the creation and development by local artists of literary and artistic works focused on peace and justice.
To help create a community of local artists who use their artistic voice for peace and justice, who connect and collaborate.
To use art, to inform, educate and create a dialogue on issues pertaining to peace and justice.

Information about the students selected to exhibit is provided below. To view the full exhibition visit: https://sosartcincinnati.com/sos-art-2021-exhibit/

“Divisus”

‘Divisus’ addresses a nation battling against itself resulting in the detrimental impact on its people. Eagles, a representation of our nation, battle against themselves focused on deconstructing each other and their ideals. The inclusion of the Owls contains a dual symbolism. The belief that the nocturnal bird accompanies the dead in their journey to their afterlife aligns with many Native American traditions and they also serves as a representation of a nation seeking wisdom while in a protective mode. Numerological elements embedded in the images relate to dates and numbers significant to the impact of the Pandemic, subsequent moments of connection formed during chaotic times, representation of those impacted by the virus, as well as representing symbolic elements of individuals.

USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice

The 2nd annual challenge and exhibit of Miniprints for Peace and Justice by American Artists and Artists living in the USA, launched by SOS ART is now available for online viewing! It is again being held online due to the persistent COVID-19 pandemic crisis and the resulting social distancing situation. Due to the crisis, participation has also been limited this year. Presented in the online gallery are the works submitted both last year and this year by a total of 36 artists, 9 artists in 2020 and 30 artists in 2021. Works came from all over the USA, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and from British Columbia.

Among the exhibiting artists are 8 Drawing and Printmaking students, along with their teacher Jamie Schorsch, representing OHHS Art and Design. All Miniprints are “6x”6 and for sale with proceeds going to both the artists and SOS Art.

You can view the OHHS Art and Design prints exhibiting below. Be sure to check out the entire USA Miniprints for Peach and Justice gallery at: https://sosartcincinnati.com/usa-miniprints-for-peace-and-justice-2021-exhibit/

 “Impetus”

“Impetus” serves as commentary in response to the murder of African American man George Floyd on May 25th, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. Following the murder, demonstrators, protestors, politicians, and mourners memorialized of 8 minutes, 46 seconds as a way to respond to the death of George Floyd and years of police brutality suffered by African Americans. Since that day, the time stamp has been challenged and changed from 7 minutes, 46 seconds to 9 minutes, 29 seconds, but that end result of the Officers action, and inaction, remains. 8 minutes, 46 seconds exists as the rallying point that inspired change. The American Eagle and Crow carry varied symbolism intended to be perceived either as:  abuse of power by those in authority in direct reference to the kneeling on the neck of Georgy Floyd, America attempting to suppress transformation in transcending racist ideologies as symbolized by the Crow, or as Americans uniting in defense of their fellow man against the remnants of the Jim Crow laws.

OHHS Art and Design Teachers Mural Hits the Streets

The Butler County Regional Transit Authority has partnered with StreetSpark to bring three of Hamilton’s murals off the walls and to the streets. OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch was one of the three mural designs selected!
“Inspiring the Future” by Jamie Schorsch, “Incrementum” by Paul Loehle and “Taking Flight” by Taylor Stone-Welch, were selected to be added to buses that travel throughout the county. Schorsch designed “Inspiring the Future” and painted it alongside a team of 2 supporting artists, which included OHHS alumni Kara Heckmuller, for the Booker T. Washington Community Center in 2019. The murals were transformed by LemonGrenade Creative and created as vinyl wraps, specifically for the buses. The wraps are about 10 feet tall and 35 feet long and will be on the buses for about 5 years.
You can learn more about the project and StreetSpark on Channel 12 here: Hamilton Buses Wrapped in Mural Artwork

OHHS Art and Design Teacher’s Design Selected for the 2021 StreetSpark Mural Program!

OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch will be contributing to the public art legacy of Hamilton, OH this summer through the StreetSpark program. Formed through a partnership between the City of Hamilton and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, StreetSpark is a program founded to further the art identity in the city through exciting public art projects. This program creates arts engagement by producing high-quality murals, building opportunities for local artists, and enhancing the visual appeal of the city. StreetSpark brings visible murals and artwork into the community with the goal of fueling Hamilton with art.

Schorsch recently had her design, “Cultivating Community”, selected and will be leading a team of artists from June 7th-25th in painting the artwork on the Telhio Credit Union on Park Ave.

“Cultivating Community” Artist Statement

“The concept for “Cultivating Community”, designed for the Telhio Credit Union, was inspired by the core values embedded in the not-for-profits ideals of caring, commitment and integrity. Compositional elements used in the design are inspired by Art Deco rendering traditions that were prevalent in the artwork of 1930’s, when the Credit Union was founded, as well as the architecture throughout the City of Hamilton. The image is designed to be viewed as a wrap around, but also stand on it’s own as a composition when viewed from one side of the building.

The hands extending into the composition from the roof level are rendered in grisaille to communicate the idea of stone, a strong foundation on which to build. The hands are representative the Telhio Credit Union redistributing income back to its members and the community. The colored water flowing from the grisaille hands signifies the nurturing nature of the Credit Union that allows for fostering growth and prosperity. Trees, grass, and flowers communicate the idea of a flourishing community while referencing the tree-line neighborhood of Prospect Hill. The expansive field serves as a historical nod to the landscape of the area as it would have existed when Native American groups occupied the site around Fort Hamilton. Daisies, symbolic of innocence and youth, allude to the children attending Wilson Middle School. Tiger Lilies, which are often associated with pride, confidence, wealth, and positivity and Irises, which represent wisdom, hope, and trust, frame the image. The bee serves as an emblem of abundance, persistence, industry, and community. Imagery of beans embedded amongst the flowers calls to mind additional ideas of growth tied to fairy tale imagery and folklore.

Color palettes prevalent in Art Deco traditions inspired the more analogous color scheme, as well as linear emphasis, for the work designed to provide contrast with the sticker-style design to be integrated with the bare brick of the architectural structure. Colors were selected for their symbolism and contrast. The blue waters illustrate tranquility brought to the community through abundance whereas yellow daisy floral disc exudes a sensation of radiating happiness embedded in the purity of the white daisies. Green is utilized to represent the color of life, renewal and growth within an environment.

Design elements and symbolism embedded in “Cultivating Community” are intended to synthesize with the architectural structure of the Telhio Credit Union, provide contemporary and historical nods to the surrounding environment as well as the function on Telhio nurturing the community, while communicating a whimsical uplifting image that communicates tranquility, peace, and prosperity”.

OHHS Art and Design Teacher Featured in the “Art in the Time of Corona” Online Exhibition

“Art in the Time of Corona”, organized by SOS ART, consists of Artists responses to the Covid 19 pandemic. The exhibition is being held online due to the ongoing pandemic crisis and its resulting necessary social distancing. For this collective art show, Artists were invited to submit their artwork, in any medium, dealing with their responses to the pandemic. This could be regarding how they have been personally, or through family, friends and others they know, affected by the pandemic and the changes it has generated, or their reflection on the local, national, and international social and political reactions and events that the crisis has triggered. 110 greater Cincinnati artists submitted 209 artworks for the show. Their media were varied including drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, fabric, etc. and their subject quite diverse. They addressed direct effects of the Covid pandemic such as social isolation and loneliness, loss and separation, sickness and death, the world turned upside down, new modes of communication, new discoveries and new ways of coping, the resort to spirituality, the role of information (and misinformation), the role of science… and also addressed societal and political events triggered or unveiled by the pandemic.

The work of OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch, “Pandemic Nexus”, is featured alongside the work of 109 greater Cincinnati artists in the SOS ART “Art in the Time of Corona” online exhibition. 

To view the exhibition, visit: Art in the Time of Corona SOS Art Exhibition.

“Pandemic Nexus”

OHHS Art and Design Teacher Exhibiting in the SOS Art Retrospective

Mark your calendars for the SOS Art Retrospective (2016-202) that will be on exhibition at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center from January 9th to February 27th, 2021!

OHHS Art and Design teacher, Jamie Schorsch, will be exhibiting in the Retrospective. Her piece, “Routine Education”, was selected for the exhibition which features 90 artists whose works address themes of peace and justice. 

Check out the information below for details regarding timed ticket entry, outdoor viewing options, events, and artist interviews!

“Routine Education”

“’Routine Education’ is a commentary on the gun violence epidemic that impacts schools in America. Following the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I researched events of gun related violence in schools in order to raise awareness to the magnitude of the problem. The numbers in my piece represent the amount of documented shootings, deaths, and injuries in American schools from the late 18th century until March, 2018.”

“Lavinia” at the 2019 NAEA Member Exhibition

“Lavinia”, Digital Image, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite on Stonehenge

The annual NAEA Member exhibit showcases artwork created by NAEA’s vibrant professional community of visual arts educators, highlighting the artistic skill and vision of members worldwide.

NAEA received 320 submissions for this exhibit and the works were juried by a panel of 5 arts leaders. The jury selected 62 works for display at the NAEA Studio & Gallery in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia and 72 works for inclusion in the Virtual Gallery on the NAEA website.

OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch was selected for inclusion in the 2019 NAEA Member Exhibition Virtual Gallery showcased on the NAEA website. Schorsch’s piece, “Lavinia”, will be available for viewing on June 17, 2019 at: https://www.arteducators.org/opportunities/naea-studio-gallery-exhibitions/current-exhibitions.

The “10___Women” Project

Virginia Coffey: Alcohol Marker, Prismacolor Pencil, and Archival Ink

Recently, I was selected as one of the region’s female artists participating in the inaugural 10___Women Project.

10 ___ Women: A People’s Liberty Grant Funded Project

10 ___Women will celebrate a “first cohort/class” of 10 historic women who made an impact on Cincinnati. The “___” is meant to be a placeholder for an apt descriptor that will distinguish and unite this first class. The project will have three facets to reach different audiences. The release event will include created displays with original artwork and dramatic interpretations telling the stories of the women, an educational booklet, and storytelling from women today who have been inspired by these historic women. The project will culminate with a release event in June, and a digital archive launched in July. The coordinators of the 10___Women Project want the girls of today to be inspired and emboldened by the women of yesteryear. By focusing on the impact that was made by women on a local level, they reinforce the idea to “think global, but act local.”

Save the date, and location, for the culminating event:

June 12th
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
2950 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Listed below is the incredible group of female artists, who will be creating new portraits for the initial 10___Women:

Marreya Bailey: Commissioned Cover Art
Hannah Parker : Theda Bara
Jo Ann Berger : Edna Murphey
Natalie Grilli: Cora Dow
Kate Rowekamp: Venus Ramey
Jennifer Baldwin : Dorothy Dolbey
Christine Ochs-Naderer: Dottie Kamenshek
Sara Leah Miller: Jessie Partlon
Lauren Darpel: Sister O’Connell
Arielle Goldberg: Sarah Fossett
Jamie Schorsch: Virginia Coffey

Artist Statement: Virginia Coffey

“The hardest thing in this world to do is like people for what they are – regardless of the artificial barriers of color and worship.” –Virginia Coffey

Virginia Coffey was an American social reformer and civil rights activist who worked for improved race relations in and around Cincinnati, Ohio. Virginia arrived in Cincinnati in 1924 to teach at an all-black school, one of the few opportunities for African-American teachers.  Instead of finding a progressive northern city, she found a segregated city. Virginia fought to integrate areas of the city, including Coney Island where she coordinated an event protesting the segregation at the gates of the park. In addition to the multiple committees and organizations that Virginia partnered with throughout her life, she formed the first Girl Scouts troop for African-American girls and became the first woman, and first African-American, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission in 1968. Throughout her life Virginia worked to achieve her goal of getting people to listen to each other, getting to know each other, and treating each other as human beings.

The portrait created as a representation of Virginia Coffey’s impact includes symbolism related to the Coney Island protest and her role as a leader for the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission in bridging the gaps of a divided community. The divisions of the landscape become united by color. Gladiolus, a symbol of faithfulness, sincerity, and integrity, frame the image of Virginia, calling emphasis to her strength of character and perseverance. Symbolic association with the Girl Scouts emerges from behind the gladiolus as a sign of her fostering and growing similar characteristics amongst young women. The Canaries, representing the power of voice, illustrate a connection with freedom and inspiration of Virginia’s message being carried through generations.

“For a Better World” 2019

A new work inspired by the writings of some talented women from the Greater Cincinnati area, with some old themes revisited. Check out “For A Better World”, the book of poems and drawings on peace and justice by Greater Cincinnati artists, at this year’s SOS Art Exhibition.

For a Better World 2019