The Lorain County Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition has been providing a program to recognize, exhibit and honor excellence in visual art from 7-12 grade students for over 45 years. The 2014 exhibition kicked off Jan. 14 and includes artwork from 21 Firelands High School students. The Scholastic Art Awards program is the largest annual art competition in the country. Students in schools across the United States and Canada create the 150,000 entries each year. The Lorain County region includes public and private middle and high schools from Lorain, Erie and Huron counties. Art teacher Laura Tawil entered a variety of two and three-dimensional works this year. The high school students are competing together, grades 9-12, at the “varsity level” within various media categories. Students earn third place “honorable mention”, second place “silver key” and the first place of “gold key”. Placing in this show is like placing in “districts” in sports. Those works earning a regional “gold key” advance to national jurying in New York City in the spring.
Art 1 freshmen Jerund Gonzalez, Sydney Novak, Jenna Pleban and Louis Ward and sophomores Lyndsey Cornwell and Taylor Diar each earned Honorable Mention for their drawings and paintings. Freshmen Matthew Brightbill and Sara Slack both earned a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention awards for painting and drawing.
Art 2 sophomores Tori Hritsko, Shelly Shupe and Alaina Smith all earned Honorable Mention for oil pastel portrait drawings.
Art 3 sophomore Julia Ohle earned an Honorable Mention for her drawing and junior Rebecca Bari earned three Honorable Mentions for her photography.
Art 4 senior Tara Brown earned Honorable Mention for two drawings. Brenna Horwedel took Honorable Mention in sculpture. Senior Caitlin Rovere takes a Silver Key for painting,
Advanced Art senior Alex Denes takes three Silver Keys in painting. Lauren Holcomb takes three Honorable Mentions, one Silver Key and one Gold Key for her drawing and sculpture. Lauren’s Gold Key sculpture advances to New York City for national judging. Daniel Truitt earned Honorable Mention awards in jewelry.
The exhibit is hosted at the Stocker Center gallery on the campus of Lorain County Community College and funded by Nordson Corporation Foundation, C. Paul Stocker Arts Foundation and Lorain County Community College. The exhibit runs from Jan. 14 – Feb. 16 and is open to the public. A special reception for all artists is Jan. 26. A closing awards ceremony and reception will be held on Feb. 16 for the Gold Key winners. Gallery hours are Mon. – Fri. 10:30-2:30 with Tues., Wed., and Thurs. evenings 5-7pm and Sundays 1-5. The gallery is also open during Stocker Center performances.