FHS Student Places in Art Competition

Firelands High School Art Student Places in Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Art Competition

 BeccaA third year Firelands art student earned an award in the Cleveland Clinic eXpressions art competition. Junior Rebecca Bari earned a white ribbon (3rd place) for her mixed media sculpture “The Emotive Flower”  illustrating the need for health care workers to understand the impact of the kinds of words they use with patients have an emotional impact on the healing process. Each year the program has gained momentum and strength, and this year’s competition was the toughest yet.

The Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education hosts the annual eXpressions: An Intersection of Art and science. Art students from high schools from Ohio and Florida interpreted research conducted by Cleveland Clinic high school summer interns.  Over 1200 works were submitted this year. The process includes research and writing to gain understanding of the topic.  The Art 2 and Art 3 students selected their own study to illustrate from a list of over 125 summer projects. The art students conceptually illustrated the research and composed brief artist statements for their entries.

A panel of art educators, medical researchers, medical illustrators, curators, graphic designers and media professionals evaluate each submission on interpretation, creativity, presentation, and initiative. The judges awarded four levels of special recognition. In descending order they are: Blue Ribbon, Red Ribbon, White Ribbon, and Honorable Mention. Each Blue Ribbon winner received a $100 check. Red Ribbon winners received $75; White Ribbon winners, $50; and Honorable Mention winners, $25. The Firelands Art Department will also receive a $100 educational grant for producing a winning entry in art.

 Exhibition and Catalog

All of the award-winning submissions, including Rebecca’s work, will be featured in a full-color eXpressions catalog of the exhibition, which will open with a reception and dedication on January, 30, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland.  The exhibition continues through March 9. The exhibit is open during regular museum hours, daily 10am – 5pm, until 9pm on Wednesdays and Fridays with free admission. The museum is closed on Mondays.

For more information about the eXpressions program and to view the virtual gallery of past exhibits, visit: