School of the Ozarks artists shine at art exhibition | Free News

The Ozarks School was named grand champion of the annual Mark Twain Conference Art Exhibition.

S of O won the competition, held Thursday, March 24 on the College of the Ozarks campus at the Hook Activities Center, with a total of 417 points. S of O students competed in the event against six area schools.

The other competing schools were: Bradleyville, Chadwick, Everton, Hurley, New Covenant and Niangua. Middle and high school students submitted artwork in 25 different categories. Schools could submit up to 60 works of art for gallery display. Students received first, second and third place ribbons in each category. Honorable mentions were also awarded to selected works. Scores for all students were combined for each school.

“It’s very similar to a track and field meet for artwork,” said S of O art instructor Richard Williams. “As long as the work was created during that school year, it was eligible to be included in the competition.”

Schools submitted individual student work as well as class projects.

“For us at S of O, I use the fall semester to do group projects, working on a specific medium or technique,” Williams said. “When we come back from Christmas vacation, I give the students the first nine to 12 weeks to work on choice projects, keeping this art competition in mind.”

Students from S of O Junior High took first place and S of O High School took second place.

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