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BHS grad donates artwork to Virginia agency

Mark Hess, a University of Cincinnati student and 2012 Bellefontaine High School graduate, was honored during a ceremony earlier this month when his artwork was unveiled at an agency in the Alexandria, Va., area.

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Artwork created by Mark Hess, a 2012 Bellefontaine High School graduate, recently has been installed at the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Alexandria, Va. He was inspired to create this piece after observing homelessness in the Washington, D.C., area. (PHOTO | SUBMITTED)

Following the unveiling, his pencil triptych, or three-paneled drawing, now is prominently displayed nearby leadership offices at the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

The college freshman created the piece during high school, and his work features a disheveled-looking man lying in front of a doorway. On one side of the drawing, a hand reaches out toward the man, feeding a nearby cat.

The artist said he was inspired to create this piece when he saw a homeless person for the first time in Washington, D.C., while visiting his aunt, Jane Hess Collins of Alexandria.

“It was shocking. It was humbling,” he told the Old Town Alexandria Patch news agency about his experience in D.C. “It made me appreciate what I had, and I decided to make a drawing to make people think about it.”

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