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 50 years. The 2017 exhibition kicked off Jan. 17 and includes artwork from 17 Avon High School (AHS) artists with 41 works earning recognition from Avon High School. Three students advance to National show in New York City.
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. Avon High School art teachers, Ava Schnell and Karen Busch submitted 87 student works for consideration. Work was juried by an esteemed panel of art and design professionals and professors from northeast Ohio for originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision and voice.
23 AHS students earned third place “Honorable Mention”; 15 AHS students earned second place “Silver Key”; ***3 AHS students earned first place “Gold Key” honors. Gold Key winners were, Breanna Collins, Mallory Stow and Julie Penzvalto; ***Breanna Collin’s Gold Key was one of five selected as “Best in Show,” earning the prestigious American Vision Award; ***Those works earning a regional Gold Key and American Vision advance directly to National jurying in New York City this spring.
The exhibit is hosted at the Stocker Center gallery on the campus of Lorain County Community College, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, and funded by Nordson Corporation Foundation, C. Paul Stocker Arts Foundation and Lorain County Community College. The exhibit runs now – Feb. 19 and is open to the public. A special reception for all artists is being held Jan. 29. A closing awards ceremony and reception will be held on Feb. 19 for the Gold Key winners. Beth K. Stocker Gallery hours are Mon. – Fri. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with Tues., Wed., and Thurs. evenings 5 to 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open during Stocker Center Hoke Theater performances.