Airport exhibit helps Columbus art students’ spirits soar

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 12, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

People can see more than just the world when they start out at Port Columbus International Airport.

Twenty-eight pieces of art by Columbus City Schools students, including 17 Centennial High School students, now are on display at the airport.

Centennial’s art teachers are Valerie Long and Lou Thanasack.

“Lou and I have professional goals to make our students’ artwork excellent and public,” Long said. “We’re constantly driving them because we respect them. We know they can do better. We want them to do better.”

Senior Molly Bobich has two pictures in the exhibit: a colored pencil drawing of baby birds outside her kitchen window and a black-and-white drawing of her pet rats.

“Everyone thought they were hamsters,” she said. “They were so cute.”

Senior Kaitlyn Smith also will exhibit two pictures. Her work includes a watercolor painting of a horse and charcoal drawing of a spaniel.

“I’m pretty sure more of my pictures were animals,” she said. “I have a passion for horses.”

A reception for the student artists was held at the airport May 11.

“All the staff and everyone treated me like I was important,” Bobich said. “They all asked all kinds of questions. I felt really special.”

Smith said she was excited to learn her work had been selected.

“I hoped it would get picked,” she said. “It was cool seeing all the other art.”

Other Centennial students whose art is on display include Madison Ackerman, Zachary Bailey, Nikki Aniagolu, Caroline Bolin, Caroline Childers, Devin Daniels, Jessica Escamilla, Derek Evans, Katie Feltz, Amy Kear, Richard Lee, Kayla Moore, Tim Mossman, Alex Nonato and Eli Weldon.

The student work is hanging in the USO Reception Lobby and in the hallway near the Big Ten Shop.

This is the third year Columbus City Schools has partnered with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority to showcase student artwork throughout the airport. For one year, the estimated 6.5 million passengers who travel through the Columbus airport will see the art, said Connie Tracy, communications coordinator in business development and communications at the airport authority.

Tracy said the artwork improves aesthetics and enhances travelers’ experiences while showcasing the diverse art culture in Columbus.

The authority also collaborates with the Ohio Art League to display professional artwork.

Other schools to have work featured at the airport include Como, Southwood, West Broad and Westgate Alternative elementary schools; Medina Middle School; and South and West high schools.

Michael’s Arts Crafts assisted with the framing of the work, and Key Blue Prints Inc. printed copies of the work to be hung in the airport. The originals were returned to the artists, Tracy said.

“Lou and I have professional goals to make our students artwork excellent and public.”

–Valerie Long

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