Youngstown State University will host the 2013 Northeastern Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition in Bliss Hall.
Showcasing artwork from students in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties in grades seven through 12, the exhibition will be displayed through Feb. 8 in Bliss Hall’s second-floor gallery on Youngstown State University’s campus.
The gallery is open from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. weekdays.
The Scholastic Art Awards ceremonies will take place from noon to 2 p.m. today in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater. The noon ceremony will feature awards given to those in seventh and eighth grades; the awards ceremony for ninth through 12th grades will be at 2 p.m.
The regional entries reflect each participating school’s outstanding student work.
From these entries a panel of judges selects American Visions Award, Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention awards. The American Visions Award and Gold Key finalists will be sent to New York City, where they will compete for awards and possible scholarships with other student entries from across the nation.
The Northeastern Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition program is designed to encourage student creativity, provide the opportunity for enrichment by interaction with their contemporaries, and bring student artwork into the public view.
The Scholastic Art Awards program is the largest and most comprehensive annual student art competition in America. Founded in 1927 by Scholastic Inc., the Scholastic Art Awards program is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of young artists.
The program has recognized more than 13 million creative teenagers, including Andy Warhol and Robert Redford in its 90-year history.
Greg Moring, chairman of the Department of Art, said, “The Scholastic Art Awards program is an outstanding way to showcase middle and high school artwork in our region. The Department of Art is pleased to host this year’s events.”
These schools are participating in the 2013 Northeastern Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition:
In Mahoning County: Boardman High, Boardman Glenwood Middle, Austintown Fitch High, Cardinal Mooney High, Canfield High, Chaney High, Jackson Milton High, Struthers High, Poland Seminary, Poland Middle, Ursuline High, Youngstown East High, Lowellville High, South Range High, St. Christine.
In Trumbull County: Howland High, Howland Middle, Niles McKinley High, Niles Middle, Maplewood High, Champion High, Champion Middle, Newton Falls High, Warren Jefferson Middle, Hubbard High, Bloomfield-Mespo High, Mineral Ridge High, Liberty High, John F. Kennedy High, Trumbull Career and Technical Center and William S. Guy Middle.
In Columbiana County: Lisbon High, David Anderson Junior/Senior High, East Palestine High, Salem High, United Local High, Leetonia High and Crestview High.
In Ashtabula County: Grand Valley High School.
Sponsors include Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and the Community Foundation of Mahoning Valley; Youngstown State University Department of Art, Boardman Rotary, Steel Valley Art Teachers Association, BOC Water Hydraulics, Inc. and Stifel Nicolaus & Co.
Parking is available for a $5 fee in the M1 Wick Avenue parking deck. Those attending the awards ceremonies should enter Bliss Hall through the University Theater lobby on the first floor.