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Local high school students’ artwork featured in SEMO art exhibit

The Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus currently features local high school art including “Shadow Play” by Notre Dame Regional High School senior Narine Berberan. Photos by Jay Forness

Artwork from high school students across the region, including artwork from Jackson High School, Saxony Lutheran High School, Notre Dame Regional High School and Oak Ridge High School, are currently on display at Southeast Missouri State University through March 13.

“Frozen” by Notre Dame Regional High School senior Ben Higgins.

“Exhibiting Excellence,” the 44th Annual High School Art Exhibition, is a juried art exhibit open to 11th and 12th grade students in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois.

The art exhibit features sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design, mixed media, photography, fibers, digital art, drawings and paintings.

Narine Berberan, a senior at Notre Dame Regional High School, won first place in the photography division for her photo “Shadow Play.”

“Brittney” by Jackson High School senior Camilla Heu.

Fellow Notre Dame senior received the second and third place awards in the category, with Ben Higgins winning second place for his photo “Frozen” and Brock Hulshof winning third place for his untitled photo. Saxony Lutheran High School senior Audrey Daniel received an honorable mention for her photo “Give it to God.”

Jackson High School seniors Camilla Heu and Miranda Ladson placed for their printmaking work, with Heu winning second place for her artwork “Brittney” and Ladson winning third place for her artwork “Softball.”

Notre Dame Regional High School junior Anna Hennemann won second place in the fibers category for her artwork “Elephant Batik” and Notre Dame senior Olivia Wilson won third place in the mixed media category for her artwork “Two Faced.”

Jackson High School senior Kylie Darrow won second place in the graphic design category for her artwork “We Shall be Destroyed Living for the Right and Left.”

“Elephant Batik” by Notre Dame Regional High School junior Anna Hennemann.

Saxony Lutheran High School senior Maris Woodruff won third place in the drawing category for her artwork “Jungle Parrot.”

Also featured in the exhibit is additional artwork from Jackson High School’s Kylie Darrow; Saxony Lutheran High School’s Bryanna Hale, Lydia Miesner, Maris Woodruff, Camilla Heu and Lydia Roth; Notre Dame Regional High School’s Allison Schwarz, Owen Dowdy and Kaylin Zoellner; and Oak Ridge High School’s Levi Shelton.

The exhibit is currently open at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast’s River Campus. Admission is free to the museum and face coverings are encouraged.

“The students’ artwork is a testament to their abilities and skills, as well as the dedication and encouragement of their teachers.” Jim Phillips, museum manager and senior curator, said. “This must-see exhibition celebrates the students hard work and encourages their future artistic abilities.”

“We Shall be Destroyed Living for the Right and Left” by Jackson High School senior Kylie Darrow.

This year’s exhibit was juried by Emily Denlinger, a Southeast professor in the department of art and design. Denlinger regularly exhibits her artwork nationally in juried and solo exhibitions, in addition to being the area head of digital art at Southeast.

“In many cases it was difficult to choose which artwork would win awards,” Denlinger said in her juror’s statement. “There is tremendous level of talent in our region. Students, parents and teachers have a lot to be proud of. I would like to encourage students to continue making and sharing art. Art can help us process and understand the changing world around us. It helps us communicate our feelings and dream with others.”

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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