The 2014 Northeastern Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will open Monday and run through Jan. 30 at Youngstown State University.
The exhibition showcases artwork by students in most of the high schools in the Youngstown and Warren areas, and several middle schools. A few schools from Columbiana and Ashtabula counties are also participating. It will be displayed in the second floor gallery of Bliss Hall, on Wick Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The awards ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater, to honor students who received Gold and Silver Key awards as well as honorable mention awards, as selected by a panel of judges. Those attending should enter the building through the theater lobby entrance on the first floor.
Parking is available for $5 in the M1 Wick Avenue parking deck.
The Gold and Silver Key winners, plus five additional students, will be nominated for the prestigious American Visions Awards, and will be sent to New York to compete in the scholarship competition, which includes 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.
It is part of the largest and most comprehensive annual student art competition in America. Founded in 1927 by Scholastic Inc., the program is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of young artists. It has recognized more than 13 million creative teenagers, including Andy Warhol and Robert Redford, in its 90-year history.
Schools participating include:
Mahoning County: Fitch, Boardman, Cardinal Mooney, Canfield, Chaney, Jackson-Milton, Poland, Struthers, Ursuline, West Branch and East high schools and Mahoning County Career and Technical Center; and Boardman Center, Boardman Glenwood, Canfield, Holy Family, Poland and St. Christine School middle schools.
Trumbull County: Bloomfield-Mespo, Bristol, Brookfield, Chalker, Howland, Hubbard, Kennedy, Badger, Lakeview, Liberty, Mathews, Mineral Ridge, Niles, Warren, Victory Christian high schools, and Trumbull Career and Technical Center; and Howland, Jefferson, Lincoln and Niles middle schools.
Columbiana County: Leetonia, Salem, Lisbon and United high schools and Columbiana County Career and Technical Center; and Leetonia Middle School.
Ashtabula County: Grand Valley High School.