My World, My Eyes, My Voice, Our Winner!

This year’s exhibition was titled “ My World, My Eyes, My Voice”. Student artists were encouraged to create work that addresses issues meaningful to them.  Some of the works explored: identity, mixed messages from the media, what the future holds, and environment issues.

For this year's annual high school art exhibition, participating schools included: Orillia Secondary School, Twin Lakes Secondary School, Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, Huntsville High School, IE Weldon Secondary School, and Lindsay Collegiate & Vocational Institute.

Members of the public were able to vote for the artwork that they felt best executed the theme. We are happy to announce the winner of this year’s high school art exhibition, Julia Dowson. She is a student from Orillia Secondary School. Julia submitted a pencil portrait drawing of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler from the Broadway musical “Hamilton: An American Musical”.  In the artists words:

“I created the work for a high realism unit in art class and it turned out to be, in my opinion, one of the best drawings I’ve produced. Although it was expected for my classroom peers to draw a portrait of one person, I was given the opportunity to create a piece with two people. The workload was a lot heavier than it would have been if I’d drawn only one person rather than two, but I had a lot of fun creating the piece, nonetheless. I decided to draw this image specifically because of the visual simplicity of the captured moment, but the complexity of the meaning behind it. The piece may only present Alexander laying a kiss on his Eliza’s hand, but it needs to be taken into consideration that this moment was meant to occur near the height of the Revolutionary War. Although musicals are often meant to romanticize tragedies such as war, a simple gesture such as the kiss in such a morbid time in history subliminally conveys that love and unity can still be present in a world that seems to be drowning in conflict.”

Congratulations to Julia Dowson for winning the People's Choice Award and to all the young artists who participated in this exhibition.


"To think my career will only take off from here makes me so grateful, and nothing less. Thank you so much to for aiding us students in bringing inspiration to our young minds, and the confidence to move forward with our dreams!"