Photos of PHS student artists

Eleven Perryville High School students have artwork on display in Exhibiting Excellence, the 45th Annual High School Art Exhibition, an invitational juried art exhibit for 11th- and 12th-grade students in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. The artwork will be displayed at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus through March 12. This year’s juror is Bradley Phillips, professor in Photography & New Media, in the Department of Art and Design at Southeast Missouri State University.


“Ms. Heather White and I are so proud of our students,” said Mrs. Bettina Comstock, high school art teacher. “Seventeen schools submitted 233 entries for this year’s exhibition, and 86 were selected for the show. Our students have 18 of those selections, so the Pirates represent 20 percent of this year’s show! The competition was fierce, but we placed in several categories as well, including two first places, two second places, and two third place awards in the 10 different media categories.    


The following PHS students were accepted into the show in the following categories, with winners listed first:

·       Kailey Brewer— 1st Place Mixed Media and 1st Place Fibers

·       Breanna White— 2nd Place Fibers

·       Owen Bohnert—  2nd Place Drawing

·       Erin Holly— 3rd Place Photography; and Mixed Media

·       Kiera Arnold— 3rd place Fibers; Drawing and Printmaking

·       Allyson Wright— Drawing and Painting

·       Katelyn Goehman— Drawing

·       Summer Hotop— Mixed Media

·       Maria Peirick— Fibers and Drawing

·       Leah Picou— Fibers and Mixed Media

·       Andrea James— Mixed Media

"Exhibiting Excellence showcases the amazing talent of local students and provides young artists an opportunity to display their work and receive professional and local recognition," said Jim Phillips, museum manager and senior curator. "The students’ artwork is a testament to their abilities and skills, as well as the dedication and encouragement of their teachers," Phillips said. "This must-see exhibition celebrates the students' hard work and encourages their future artistic abilities."

The students attended the Feb. 12 opening of the exhibit, which will be on display through March 12 at the River Campus, with free admission. 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, Missouri. Museum hours are 9 am. to 5 pm Monday to Friday, 1-4 pm on weekends and 9 am to 8 pm. on the first Friday of each month. Additional information can be found at Exhibiting Excellence 45th Annual high School Art Exhibition is sponsored by St. Francis Healthcare System.