Monday, January 26, 2015

Art Students and the Art of Competition

Creating art really isn't competitive in the same way as a sport. It's usually a solitary endeavor without the benefit of an audience to cheer one on.  The end result stands on its own merits at the equivalent of the "big game" - competitions and shows.   Every year, high school art students are eligible to compete in a juried art show for awards, cash prizes and scholarships at the Scholastic Art Show.  A regional competition which draws from about 50 schools in Northeast Ohio, thousands of works are adjudicated, then selected for the prestigious show which is in its 61st year. Works which garner the highest honors are forwarded to New York City and further adjudicated for the National Scholastic Art show.

Seniors, Jen Barber and Alex Embleton garnered “Silver Key” and Honorable Mention awards Saturday, January 24th at this year's  Scholastic Arts  Competition hosted by Kent State Stark . Also earning Honorable Mentions for their work were seniors, Molly Smith and Kaitlin Warner as well as junior, Nathaniel Barnoff.  Works which garnered “Gold” and “Silver” keys are on display through February 4 on the Kent State Stark Campus.  The show spans three buildings: The Campus Center, Fine Arts Center and Main Hall Gallery which are open to the public from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. 

Congratulations to these students for their exceptional work!

Jen Barber, "Sunrise Citrus", Silver Key

Alex Embleton, "Airship", Silver Key
Alex Embleton, "Me and My Ride", Silver Key

Jen Barber, "Staircase at the ARGO", Honorable Mention

Jen Barber, "Floating through Venice", Honorable Mention

Jen Barber, "Rooted", Honorable Mention
Kaitlin Warner, "Hungry Pup", Honorable Mention

Molly Smith, "Morning Meditation", Honorable Mention

Nathaniel Barnoff, "A Winter Morning", Honorable Mention