CHS students to have art on display in national exhibit

Corbin High School students Jael Sell and Hayley Campbell will have their artwork displayed in Virginia beginning January 27 thru April 10. | Photo Contributed

CORBIN — Two Corbin High School art students will soon have their artwork on display in the National Art Education Association Juried Exhibition in Virginia.

Corbin senior Hayley Campbell and Jael Sell, a junior, submitted work to the contest in December. The NAEA received 1,065 submissions nationwide, and only 62 works were selected for exhibition at the NAEA Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. Representatives from eight member schools of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) participated as jurors. The exhibit will be on display January 27 - April 10.

Angela Smith, Corbin High School art instructor, said both students are very talented and continue to impress her with their skills and creative ideas.

“When challenged, they respond with focus and determination,” Smith said. “I have seen immense growth from them over the past two years. They are very different artists and are both finding their own style.”

Smith said Campbell has a unique sense of humor that often inspires her work. As a junior, she was accepted to Governor’s School for the Arts, which she attended and enjoyed.

Recently accepted to Berea College, Smith said she knows she will flourish there.

Campbell recalls sitting at her grandmother's kitchen table with crayons as her earliest memory of artist expression.

“I love art and I use it to express myself,” she said. “With 'Mr Clown' (her painting), I was expressing myself in a comical way.”

Both Campbell and Sell were and excited and surprised to get the good news about their art.

Campbell is looking forward to her future in Berea, a very artistic town. She is still thinking about her career in the arts but is considering her own art studio.

As for the honor of having her work showcased, she said it’s really encouraging. Campbell and her mom plan on going to see the exhibition in Virginia.

Sell’s work to be on display was created with colored pencils. A medium she hadn’t worked with but wanted to experiment with and it paid off.

The drawing is about fear, she said. It was prompted by a photo she had taken in reference to the word fear. She describes the drawing of fingers creeping up the face to cover and conceal the eye leaving one blind.

While she’s always loved the arts including music, she only picked up drawing in the past couple of years.

Smith said Sell is a “photo-realist” type of artist.

“She has applied to Governor’s School for the Arts with a strong portfolio of work and is waiting for results,” said Smith. “She is multi-talented in both visual art and music.”

Sell said art is both a hobby and passion as she does it to express herself and to calm herself. Sell said art for her could even be considered a therapy.

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