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"Spotlight" on Beverly Whiteside, Youth Arts at the Ohio Governor's Residence

A dance education specialist and retired Columbus City Schools teacher, Beverly Whiteside became a visual artist after creating props for dance performances. A self-taught artist, Beverly's work is ingrained in the African-American experience, often portraying scenes and stories of every day life.

"My work is about a voice. It's a simplistic, voice but it gives you a closer insight of who I really am. That's the best part of me." --Beverly Whiteside
Whiteside's work was recently selected to be highlighted at the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden by Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich. The "Spotlight" program was created in 2013 by Mrs. Kasich in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council to help promote a wide array of Ohio artists. The display at the Governor's Residence changes quarterly, Whiteside is the 2015 Fall "Spotlight" and her pieces will be on view until the end of December.

Mrs. Kasich also honored three students in the Spotlight on Youth Arts at the Ohio State Fair. Their artwork will be on display at the Governor's Residence through August 2016. 

Winners:  Elementary Division: Heidi Gui Middle School Division: Henry Hess High School Division: Jacqueline Tu View the Fall Spotlight reception here.

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