The Society of Bluffton Artists

SOBA’s Annual High School Art Show – 2024

The student art show will run Feb. 5-March 3 with an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 11

The Society of Bluffton Artists will feature the artwork of local students in their annual high school art show, slated for Feb. 5-March 3. An opening reception will take place from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 11 at the SOBA gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton.

“I like being able to display my work so that more than my peers and parents can see what I do,” said Katherine Donahue, a junior AP May River High School student whose work will exhibit at SOBA.

This year, three schools are participating in the student art exhibit: Bluffton High School, May River High School and Cross School. High school students involved in their schools’ arts programs often go on to pursue careers in art, design or photography.

“SOBA’s mission is to provide art education and art appreciation to the local community,” said Lynn Newsom, SOBA event organizer. “With this annual high school art show, we’re able to give students an opportunity for public recognition for their talents and achievements, the same that is given to student athletes, science projects and music concerts.”

John Cullinen, Arts Teacher at Cross Upper School, said Cross School has a growing arts program including photography, digital and traditional art. This year, five students will exhibit their works in digital photography, digital painting and digital mixed media.

“We are excited to participate again this year and appreciate the opportunity to showcase our work in the community,” Cullinen said. 

Five students from Bluffton High School’s art program will exhibit works that include media arts, photography, acrylic and clay. 

May River High School’s visual art department strives to develop a strong foundation in art and design within each student while giving them the opportunity to refine skills as they develop their voices as young artists, said Beth Schlieger, Visual Art Department Chair.

“From utilitarian to aesthetic, students have created works for the SOBA Art Show that both reflect who they are while responding to the intended audience,” she said.

SOBA does not charge a commission from the sales of the student work; it is our gift to nurture young talent.