The Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition,
now in its forty-sixth year,
is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of our talented
young people in the state of Ohio. The exhibition is open to all of
Ohio's 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the
State of Ohio Department of Education. Our purpose is to provide all
budding young artists of the state with opportunities to advance their
talent, whether that be through scholarships or simply experiencing the
process of entering their work in a competition. The exhibition is a
valuable incentive for our young people; it encourages an appreciation for
the arts throughout Ohio and reflects the fine quality of art instruction
and talent which exist in our state.
The process of selecting artworks
for the state exhibition begins on a regional level.
The state is divided into 15 regional locations, with high school students in each
region invited to enter work in that regional judging. Each region has a designated
Regional Director, who is responsible for choosing the judges for his or her region
and arranging specifics of the event.
The state judging takes place in Columbus; however, the 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 11,500 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. The selection of students to be
offered scholarships is left strictly up to those institutions who offer them. The Governor's
Exhibition is merely a vehicle through which schools and students are brought together.
The exhibition opens at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, across from the State Capitol,
in April, and closes at the end of May. At the exhibition opening, students receive Awards of
Excellence and scholarship awards.