Art teacher to represent Springfield at New York exhibition

SPRINGFIELD — Mike Ousley, a Horace Mann Elementary art teacher, is representing Springfield in a New York exhibition.

Ousley’s exhibition is called” In Some Dark Holler.”

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Born and raised in Southeastern Kentucky, Ousley wanted his art to portray his connection to Appalachia to break the stereotypes of the Appalachian lifestyle.

Ousley’s paintings have been published in ArtMaze Magazine, an international Contemporary art journal. They also can be found in multiple private and public art collections.

Dr. Bob Hill, Superintendent of the Springfield School District said the district was very proud of Ousley.

“Exposure to the arts is very important to the overall experience of our students in the Springfield City School District. To have a teacher with a solo art exhibit in New York is reason enough to celebrate, but also speaks volumes to the caliber of teachers who we are recruiting,” said Hill.

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Ousley’s exhibition is displayed on the Stellar Highway online viewing space and at Crown Heights Brooklyn in New York.

The exhibition ends Feb 13, 2022.

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