Lorain County students received accolades in a regional art exhibition.
The 2022 Lorain County Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition Gold Key Program took place Feb. 6 at the Stocker Arts Center.
Fifty local students received first place Gold Key distinctions during the 2022 Student Awards.
Following the ceremony, the gallery was open from 1-4 p.m.
The 54th art exhibit, sponsored by Nordson Corporation, draws from public, parochial, and private middle and high schools from Lorain, Erie, and Huron Counties.
Professional judges chose over 500 pieces of art that are hung salon-style in the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery at Lorain County Community College.
This year, over 1,200 original works of art from the region were entered by the students’ art teachers.
The categories of art include architecture, ceramics, glass, comic art, design, digital, drawing, illustration, editorial cartoon, fashion design, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and Senior portfolio.
Each student who earned a Gold Key will advance directly to national jurying in New York City this spring.
Avon Lake High School senior Vivian Duvall, 17, was awarded for the Gold Key Senior Portfolios and the 2022 American Vision Awards Top 5 of all Gold Keys.
“It definitely feels like a lot of my hard work has paid off,” she said. “I feel like I’m closer to my dreams and it’s not impossible to pursue as a career, not just a hobby.”
She said she’s grateful for her family’s influence.
“I was lucky enough that my grandparents were artists themselves so it was pretty accessible for me to practice,” said Duvell.
Duvall said she will continue to pursue art at The Cleveland Institute of Art this fall.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens.
They were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country.
Submissions are judged by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, with entries selected for awards without knowledge of the student’s gender, age, ethnic or hometown by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts.
For more information, visit https://www.artandwriting.org/regions/OH005A.