Five Lexington County high school students have been recognized for their artwork in the annual Art of Healing competition.

Art of Healing is a juried art competition for Lexington County high school students offered by the Columbia Museum of Art and sponsored by Lexington Medical Center. Students are invited to explore the intersections of art, healing and health. The artwork demonstrates students’ ideas of coping during life’s most challenging moments, with a focus this year on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joey Britt of River Bluff High School won first place for the photographic piece, “One Mask Away.” “False Hope,” an oil painting by Olivia Koss of River Bluff High School, won second place. Third place went to Sophia Spence, Lexington High School for her graphite drawing, “The Struggles of Online School.”

Two other artists were recognized with Judge’s Choice awards: Timothy Harmon of Lexington High School for his alcohol marker drawing titled “Fractured,” and Elena Funderburk of River Bluff High School for her digital image, “Patchwork.”

Art teachers from Lexington County high schools chose their students’ artwork to enter in the competition. Many of the entries shared inspirational personal stories of health challenges and recovery.

View the entire exhibit on the Columbia Museum of Art’s website.

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