The Zanesville Museum of Art kicked off the annual Ohio Exhibition Saturday.
85 entries were selected from 72 artists from all over the Buckeye State and awards were presented to 11 artists for their creations.
Thomas Nelson of Granville took home the title of, "Best of Show" with his painting entitled, "Fields of Home."
Nelson, who grew up surrounded by farm land, said his motivation was to shatter the stereotypical image of rural and Appalachian life found in the media.
"I think that people, farmers especially and the people who live on farms are noble people and I wanted to paint them nobly," said Nelson.
The painting depicts a young girl carrying water across a field.
Nelson said the project from concept to canvas took nearly a year and a half to complete and serves as a monument to all farmers and rural Americans.
"It's a monumental memory, and I'm treating the people monumentally," added Nelson. "I typically paint large anyway, I'm kind of known for that, I do lots of frescos and faux finishes and murals, so my scale is typically a little bit larger than most."
The exhibition will remain on display at the Zanesville Museum of Art through September 26th.