Artwork by Lorain Schools students on display at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport – Morning Journal
When Cleveland Hopkins International Airport called for entries 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 currently on display come from student artists at Longfellow and Southview colleges.
The young artists’ work was selected from hundreds of submissions from across Northeast Ohio for the Art of Self-Portraiture exhibit on display by May 2023 near the airport’s baggage claim area .
The CLE art program attracts the eyes of millions of visitors every year.
Jacqueline Murdock, an art teacher at Longfellow and the district’s visual arts coordinator, said the students embraced the theme of self-portraiture, encouraging them to “think outside the box and find their own personal voice.”
“Longfellow students took individual approaches to their works. All of the students had mirrors to look at as they created them,” Murdock said. “No one at Longfellow used electronics to enlarge their images from photos. They used their own personal art style to create their own. Hence the differences in the artwork.
“The content – the messages they try to convey in their works – is just as important as the form. That’s what real artists do.
Murdock said she used examples of high school student portraits at the 2022 Lorain County School Art Fair as part of the inspiration for her students’ self-portraits.
“The pieces that stand out are the ones that show the artists’ individual style,” she said.
Amanda Kubicki, a visual arts teacher at Southview, said getting her students to do self-portraits was easy, especially given their world today.
“I just asked them to find a selfie they felt confident in,” Kubicki said. “That was all the inspiration they needed. Students are constantly taking selfies, so it wasn’t too much of a hassle for most of them.
“I personally feel that all the portraits embodied their personality. I am proud of all the students who made these portraits.
Cleveland Hopkins will host an opening reception for the new youth exhibit at 4:30 p.m. on May 20.
Student artists in this year’s exhibition include Serenity Taylor of Longfellow, Audrya Arroyo, Joslyn Lauterbach, Jousleirys Villaneuva and Javian Contreras, as well as Rilee Sexton of Southview, Brandon Chambers, Chelsea Wright, Leah Scarvelli, Junior Rivera, Janiya Torres, Isabelle Moore-Sexton, Valeria Maldonado, Hezalana Davila, Robbie Shaw, Rowan Wolfe and Jasmin Rivera.