ELYRIA, Ohio – The Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Elyria features more than 500 works of art created by students from three counties.
The 54th Lorain County Regional School Art Exhibit, sponsored by Nordson Corp., is populated with works created by students from Lorain, Erie and Huron counties.
Leveraging public, parochial and private middle and high schools, as well as students at home, gallery curator Beth Bryan said art teachers submitted more than 1,200 applications.
Bryan, who is also an operations coordinator at Stocker, said, “This annual expo is literally open to all students who want to attend the show.”
Noting that Nordson pays all entry fees, Bryan said, “We are very lucky and one of the few areas in the United States to have this level of sponsorship.
“Fees range from $10 for individual submissions to $25 for an entry portfolio, which consists of a set of works of up to six pieces.”
Professional judges chose over 500 works of art which were hung “salon style” in the gallery.
The “salon style” is a specific way of exhibiting art. According to Lumas Art-Finder Online, “Like much of the English language, the term ‘salon-style’ has its origins in France. The French Salon is a recurring government-sponsored art exhibition that dates back to the 1600s. .
“From the start, there were a lot more artworks on display than walls in the room, so the pieces were hung densely from floor to ceiling. It creates a really impressive effect.
Art categories featured at Stocker include architecture, ceramics, glass, comics, design, digital, drawing, illustration, editorial cartooning, fashion design, jewelry, technical mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and senior portfolios.
The exhibition is popular every year, but attendance has dropped slightly due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, Bryan hopes people will take the time to stop.
“This exhibition is our most popular of the year, amazing visitors with the diversity and talent of student artists from our region,” said Bryan.
“The exhibition has been taking place in our region for more than 50 years. It shows what students in our regions are learning, what their teachers are teaching, and how students are interpreting the world around them through art.
“This is the only national exhibition of its kind where students are rewarded for their creative vision, artistic execution and excellence. This gives value to the creative techniques and thinking that students learn and how they express this creatively.
“The originality, technique and individual vision that we see every year is so exciting and encouraging,” said Bryan. “It’s a feast for the senses.”
The show runs until March 11. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, except on the day of the gold medal ceremony from 1 to 4 p.m. on February 6.
For more information, call the Stocker Art Gallery at 440-366-4140. The gallery is located at 1005 N. Abbe Road in Elyria.
Another exhibition to come
Next up at the gallery is the LCCC Student Art Exhibition/Portfolio Exhibition, March 31-April 30.
“A big thank you to Nordson Corp. for his continued support and sponsorship of this outstanding program and exhibit,” said Bryan.
The opening will take place on March 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. Exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.
Note: All Stocker Art Gallery students, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.
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