The artwork of several Neosho High School students is on display at Crowder College's Longwell Museum, and will be there through April 25.

The artwork of several Neosho High School students is on display at Crowder College's Longwell Museum, and will be there through April 25.

The variety of pieces was created with different tools including colored pencil, clay, wire, and mosaics, and were assigned as class projects for the students.

Dustin Miller, NHS art instructor, said he watches for pieces that stand out as the school year goes on and sets them aside for the annual show.

The NHS art show is just one of four opportunities the students have to share their work. Miller said they also participate in the conference show, held this year at Republic, the district show at Missouri Southern State University, and submit work for the Crowder Quill literary art magazine.

Three students had their pieces selected for the Crowder Quill this year, Miller said.

Students Santos Torres, Tori Murray and Miranda Holcomb each had pieces selected, and also received ribbons for those pieces at the NHS art show.

Torres' piece was a horse created from wire, and earned a second place ribbon. Meanwhile, Murray created a wire "Tree of Life", which earned her a sixth-place finish and Holcomb took a fourth-place ribbon for her clay catfish creation.

Those pieces are each currently on display at the Longwell Museum.

Miller said he sees a lot of talent in his art students.

"They work pretty hard and practice a lot, so I think with the talent and the time they spend practicing and working hard on a project, they're able to produce some pretty quality artwork," Miller said.

The art students' work was also judged as part of the NHS show, with Sarah Serio, a local artist, selecting the winners in each category.

"I really thought that they did some really wonderful pieces," Serio said. "They students produced some great paintings as well as scratch art and print making."

Serio said awards were given out in several categories.

"I think it's really great that they have an opportunity to show at the high school level," Serio said. "When I was an art student in high school we didn't have an opportunity like this and so to have a student show, to get their work out and be seen by the public as well as their friends and family is great."

Among those who received awards was Neosho senior Emily Hoover, who took first place for her print-making piece, which featured a red fighter jet.

"We were supposed to carve out a linoleum block and make prints with them and in our class we're supposed to do different colors," Hoover said.

Her print featured the red jet, with a blue sky and white around it.

On Thursday, a reception was held for the young artists. Students brought parents and friends to see their pieces, or to view their friends' artwork.

Miller said knowing that their work will be on display pushes the students to work even harder on their pieces.

"It gives them a goal to work for," Miller said. "At the beginning of the year, I let them know what shows they'll be participating in. That gives them something to work for, that motivates them."

The students' work will remain on display in the Longwell Museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and runs through Thursday, April 25.