As a class assignment, Sierra Heaton, sophomore animal science and public relations major at The University of Findlay, entered a photography exhibition for the first time. Out of 600 applicants, Heaton’s photo, “All Join Hands,” was one of 92 pieces accepted in the 94th annual Toledo Area Artist Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art.
“This is quite an accomplishment for anyone, let alone a student,” said Spencer Cunningham, adjunct faculty member. “Toledo, and the larger area represented in this exhibition, has a very strong arts community, and to be included in this show is a very strong affirmation.”
“All Join Hands” was taken on Heaton’s family farm in Russia, Ohio. She stepped into the cornfield as she was making her way back to the farm and pointed the camera between two rows of corn. Heaton’s professor, Cunningham, recommended that she submit the photo.
“Honestly, this photo is just corn. Corn is normal, and it is everywhere,” said Heaton. “Out of the three photos I submitted, I did not expect this one to get accepted, but I chose this photo because it is as if you are standing in the thick of a corn field looking down two rows of corn stalks with their leaves reaching out to the row beside them like they are joining hands ready to dance.”
Heaton’s photo will be displayed in the Toledo Area Artist Exhibition at the Toledo Museum until April 14.