Westlake students win art, writing awards
Three Westlake High School students earned Gold Key Art Awards in the 2018 Scholastic Art + Writing Exhibition – Cuyahoga County Region and will move on to national competition in New York.
Liv Adkins earned a Gold Key for her digital art “Gutten og Trollen,” Jamie DeMeza for her photograph “The broken 4th” and Jamie Novak for her painting “RTA.” Gold Key awards demonstrate the highest levels of achievement in originality, personal voice and technical skill. Gold Key art is forwarded to New York for national judging.
Liv Adkins also won a Gold Key Writing Award for her humor piece “Religion,” which was also an American Voices Medal nominee, the highest regional honor. Liv’s piece is one of five works from the region selected “Best in Show” that exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. A panel of jurors in New York City will select one writer from each region to receive a national Medal.
Silver Key Art Awards recognize artwork demonstrating achievement worth of recognition at the regional level. WHS students earning Silver Key Awards are Carolyn Bedell for her painting “Cheeses” and Madysen LeComte for her photograph “Caution.”
Artwork demonstrating creative potential earn Honorable Mentions. WHS students recognized in this category were Jason Day for his painting “Deep Ocean Drive,” Brittney Hageman for her photograph “Elephant,” Lindsey Jenkins for her digital art “Burning Disgrace,” Grace Kosakowski for her photograph “Liquina,” Patrick Lee for his painting “On Display,” Katherine Mazzella for mixed media “A Weaved World,” Jamie Novak for mixed media “Form is Fluid” and fashion “Beginning Thread,” Adalee Ratycz for photograph “Pressure,” Macy Sinreich for drawing and illustration “Standout,” and Emily Steigerwald for photograph “Painted Ladies.”
Each year the Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the Scholastic Art Competition that recognizes creative achievement in area students in grades 7-12. The young artists compete for cash prizes, medals and scholarships. A panel of local professional artists, art educators, writers and writing educators jury the exhibit and select the awarded pieces from nearly 3,000 entries.