2016 Regional Scholastic Art Show Update

FHS Art Students Exhibit in the 2016 Regional Scholastic Art Show

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 nearly 50 years. The 2016 exhibition kicked off Jan. 19 and includes artwork from 21 Firelands High School students with 37 works. That’s 46% of our work entered!

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 directly to national jurying in New York City this spring.

Art 1 freshmen Alex Brill and Isaac Sultzer both earned Honorable Mentions for their non-objective zentangle mandala drawings.

Art 2 students made a strong showing this year. Victoria Barnett and Faith Rico both earned honorable mention for mixed media sculptures. Lynn Born took an honorable mention for her “cardbird” and a silver key for her self-portrait print. Sarah Drury collected four honorable mentions and three silver keys for her photography and linoleum prints. Michael Durdak earned a silver key for his “cardbird”. Robbie HOgan and Sean lipscomb both earned honorable mentions for prints as well as Abby Perry, who also took a silver key for a sculpture. Isabel Solowiej and Nick Stree both took honorable mentions for prints and Nick adds another honorable mention with his sculpture.

Art 3 students Matt and Patrick Brightbill both took honorable mentions for their enameled copper projects and Patrick adds a silver key for his coloring book illustration drawing. Grace Pohorence and Lynn Schmittle join in honorable mentions for copper enameling and Lynn adds a silver key for a jewelry project. Anthony Myer earned a silver key for his origami sculpture.

Art 4 students Andrea Diasio earned an honorable mention for a watercolor still-life. Shelly Shupe takes honorable mention for her self-portrait.  Advanced art senior Victoria Krejci earned two keys, a silver for watercolor and our only gold key for a self-portrait. Julia Ohle adds an honorable mention for her self-portrait.

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. 19 – Feb. 21 and is open to the public.  A special reception for all artists was held Jan. 31.  A closing awards ceremony and reception will be held on Feb. 21 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.

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Some of the 2016 Scholastic Art Winners

standing: Isabel Solowiej, Shelly Shupe, Victoria Krejci, Anthony Myer, Robbie Hogan, Sarah Drury, Faith Rico, Michael Durdak

seated: Abby Perry, Victoria Barnett, Lynn Born

The FHS Art Department is guided by Ms. Laura Tawil.