Lexington County students’ work on display in Lexington Medical art show

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Budding artists from Lexington County schools have been recognized for their talent by Lexington Medical Center.

The hospital recently held its seventh annual Art of Healing competition with the Columbia Museum of Art. High school students from Lexington County are invited to submit pieces, with all students required to incorporate elements related to health.

Barbara Willm, vice president of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center, said the contest began as a way for Lexington Medical Center to increase its involvement in schools and to offer opportunities that students might otherwise never have.

“We felt like there were probably some students in Lexington County who had never visited the Columbia Museum of Art – and certainly had never had an opportunity to have their work displayed there,” she said.

High school art teachers selected the best 31 pieces of the artwork to be entered in the competition. Students created drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures that depicted their personal interpretation of healing.

“The creativity and thought put into each entry and the interpretations of the art of healing truly inspire us,” Willm said.

The winners were announced during a ceremony Feb. 1, and artwork will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art until March 4. The pieces then will be displayed at Lexington Medical Center’s North Tower Atrium from March 7 until April 4.

“Displaying their work at the Columbia Museum of Art is a wonderful way for our community to see how these students look at the world,” Willm said.

Art of Healing winners are as follows:

  • First prize – “Scarred but Never Broken” by Yaroslava Gavrilyuk, River Bluff High
  • Second prize – “At Sunset” by Abigail Green, River Bluff High
  • Third prize – “Rebuilding Peace” by Lilliana Cameron, Lexington High
  • Juror’s Choice – “Scoliosis” by Gabe Pepper, Lexington High; “Perspective” by Liz Nicolai, Chapin High; “Make a Wish” by Blythe Lybrand, Spring Hill High
  • Honorable Mention – “Time Will Mend” by Monica Alverson, Gilbert High; “Remember Me” by Samantha Morris, River Bluff High; “Contentment” by Tori Schmidt, River Bluff High
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