When the stay-at-home order made it so that the Taft Museum of Art and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County couldn’t hold public showings of the annual Artists Reaching Classrooms exhibition, the Taft decided it was time to try something different.

The Taft’s Artists Reaching Classrooms program exposes high school students to careers in the arts and culminates in a juried student art exhibition each year. Students from 12 area high schools submit work in mediums such as painting, photography, digital design, video and ceramics. Because the museum and library are closed, the Taft made the exhibition into a virtual one.

Almost 90 pieces of student work can be seen on the Taft’s Facebook page. Category winners, such as best artist statement and best artist from each school, will be announced May 6.

In a press release from the museum, Deborah Emont Scott, Taft president and CEO, said, “It is not only our responsibility but our honor to be a part of this milestone for our team of teaching artists, educators and students and this year was no different. As an extension of the Taft family, their achievements are our bright light in the age of a pandemic.”