Student artwork on display

GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central senior Megan Robbins can succinctly describe the feeling hundreds of Hancock County students get when their friends and family browse the annual Hancock County Student Art Exhibit.

“It’s pretty cool, because they see my art, and I can see their smiles.”

Robbins’ impressionist painting is among the thousands of pieces on display today at Greenfield-Central High School.

The 29th annual student art exhibit is a project of all of Hancock County’s art educators. Twenty-three teachers from 29 public schools pick the best of the best to put on display for the community to view.

The show opened Thursday and continues through 8 p.m. today, with a special ceremony slated for 6 p.m. to recognize four senior scholarship winners.

Robbins is the winner from Greenfield-Central High School. Other senior scholarship winners are Madison Lewis, Eastern Hancock High School; Megan True, New Palestine High School; and Emma Soukup, Mt. Vernon High School.

Greenfield-Central teacher Jeff Weiland said the show is an opportunity for families to come together and celebrate art.

From sculptures to photography, many media forms are represented in displays stretching the entire floor of the gymnasium. Artwork is from students in kindergarten through senior year of high school. Weiland said students are usually pretty excited to have their pieces selected for the show because teachers send a special recognition letter home to their families.

“It gives the kids from each school the opportunity to see what other kids are doing,” Weiland added. “It’s a way for kids to see what’s going on outside of their little world.”

Mt. Vernon junior Morgan Moss was unpacking an acrylic piece Wednesday afternoon and said that every year she browses the art show to see what her peers are up to.

“It’s cool to feed off the creative ideas,” she said.

Mt. Vernon senior Danielle Nuckols and Mt. Vernon junior Meredith Riddle said it’s easy for students who are in sports to get the recognition, but the annual art show is one way their hard work can be in the spotlight.

“Having your family come to see it, it just makes you really proud,” Riddle said.

While other counties hold their shows in a small gallery, Hancock County traditionally has spread art across an entire gym floor to give as many students as possible a chance to be recognized.

“It’s a way to show the talent that’s here in Hancock County,” Weiland said.

If you go

What: The Hancock County Art Educators 29th annual Student Art Exhibit

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, with senior scholarship winners recognized at 6 p.m.

Where: Greenfield-Central High School gym, 810 N. Broadway St.