Nine Lexington County high school students have received prizes and awards in the 5th annual “Art of Healing,” a juried art competition for Lexington County high school students sponsored by Lexington Medical Center. The students created projects including paintings, photographs and sculptures that each depict their interpretation of healing.
Art teachers from Lexington County high schools each chose one student’s artwork per school to enter. All artwork had to incorporate healing or health. Steven Ford, owner of Steven Ford Interiors, Jane Przybysz, executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, and Michael Story, an award-winning fine artist, judged the entries and selected the winners.
“We wanted to give students the opportunity to express their interpretation of ‘healing’ through artwork,” said Barbara Willm, Lexington Medical Center vice president of Community Relations. “Every year, the quality of artwork impresses us more and more. It is a wonderful experience for students to have their artwork displayed at the Columbia Museum of Art for our community to see.”
Many of the students’ entries shared inspirational personal stories of family members’ health challenges and recovery.
Students received their awards at a reception at the Columbia Museum of Art on April 22. The students, their teachers, school administrators, hospital board members and staff, and museum employees attended. Barbara Willm and Columbia Museum of Art Chief Curator Will South presented the awards. The work was on display for a month at the Columbia Museum of Art.
Congratulations to all winners!
Megan Rinehart, Chapin High School
Dilay Kuebra Gezer, Irmo High School
Savannah Moore, Lexington High School
Megan Baker, Dutch Fork High School
Leah Furst, Swansea High School
Blythe Lybrand, Spring Hill High School
Alexis Lester, Dutch Fork High School
Holly McDermott, Irmo High School
Reagan Tedder, Spring Hill High School
Here’s a slideshow of each of the entries.