When Cleveland Hopkins International Airport called for applications for a new exhibition for its youth art gallery, young artists from Lorain City Schools responded in force.
The result is that 17 of the 50 works on display now are from student artists from Longfellow and Southview High Schools.
The works of young artists have been selected from hundreds of entries from across northeastern Ohio for the Art of Self-Portrait exhibition, which will be on display from now until May 2023 near the baggage claim at the airport.
The CLE Art Program attracts millions of visitors each year.
Longfellow art teacher Jacqueline Murdock, district visual arts coordinator, said students embraced the theme of self-portraits with the incentive to “think outside the box and find your personal voice.
“Longfellow students approached their artwork individually. All the students had mirrors to look at while creating them, ”Murdock said. “No one at Longfellow used electronics to enlarge their pictures from photographs. They used their personal artistic style to create their own. Hence the differences in the work of art.
“Content – the messages they try to convey with their artwork – is just as important as the form. That’s what real artists do. “
Murdock said she used examples from high school portraits at the Lorain County Scholastic Art Exhibition in 2022 as part of the inspiration for her students ’self-portraits.
“Comedians who stand out are those who show the individual style of the artist,” she said.
Southview visual arts teacher Amanda Kubicki said asking her students to do self-portraits was easy, especially given their world today.
“I just asked them to find a selfie they feel confident in,” Kubicki said. “It simply came to our notice then. The students are constantly taking selfies, so it was not difficult for most of them.
“Personally, I think that all the portraits embodied their personality. I am proud of all the students who completed these portraits. ”
Cleveland Hopkins will hold a reception to open the new youth exhibit at 4:30 p.m., May 20th.
Student artists at this year’s show include Longfellow’s Serenity Taylor, Audrya Arroyo, Joslyn Lauterbach, Jousleirys Villaneuva and Javian Contreras, as well as Rilee Sexton of Southview, Brandon Chambers, Chelsea Wright, Leah Scarvelli, Mo Junior, Torreston, Valeriad Janado, Jan Davila, Robbie Shaw, Rowan Wolfe and Jasmin Rivera.