Art Links (Local, State and National)
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The AP Studio Art portfolio exams are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art.  AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year (May). Most AP Studio Art candidates prepare their portfolios through organized AP instruction/  MHS does offer an AP Studio Art program through the Fine Art track. See Mrs. Kane (AP Studio Art Coordinator/Instructor) for details.  It is vital that students plan far enough in advance so that they can complete the portfolio in time for the exam. See the exam calendar for information on when portfolios are due.
A warm invitation is extended to all secondary school art teachers to encourage interested students to enter the ninth annualART CRITICISM OPEN. This is a writing contest open to all students in grades nine through twelve. The purpose of the contest is to give recognition to students for the quality of their writing about art. Winners will receive certificates of award and the top three winners will have their writings published inOhio ArtLine, the state-wide publication of the Ohio Art Education Association.
A student's entry in theOHIO ART CRITICISM OPENis to be a written critical inquiry into the meaning and aesthetic value of any original work of art. For example, a student may write about student artwork on display in the2012Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition at the State Office Tower in Columbus, the writing may be about a professional artist's exhibit or student's work on display in the student's own school or community. Students are encouraged to base their writing on original artworks rather than reproduced images; original works provide access to richer information and allow the student to express their own ideas rather than reflect the opinions of critics and historians. The paper should demonstrate the student's ability to write art criticism, not their ability to do historical inquiry.
Get connected to the incredible arts and cultural events taking place in our vibrant arts community. is your source for information on all types of events --performing arts, visual arts, theater, dance, and more from Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and across greater Ohio.
Artsonia is the world's largest kids' art museum. Their dream is that every child will have a special art gallery online, reflecting their masterpieces from pre-school through high-school, preserved for all time!  Through Artsonia parents canstart a Fan Club!Invite family and friends to view the grand opening and join your child's official Artsonia Fan Club.  Parents can alsoCreate a Buzz!Friends and family can leave positive comments about your child's artwork in their guestbook.  Parents can evenGet the Gear!Purchase customized art keepsakes from Artsonia featuring your child's artwork! This link will take you directly to the museum where you can browse their collection of work by student or school, including portfolios from Mentor art students both past and present.
An interdisciplinary program that utilizes the arts to engage high school students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students produce creative interpretations of research conducted by Cleveland Clinic summer interns. Tied to state and national academic standards, this innovative program gives participants a deeper, real-world understanding of art and science while promoting creativity, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork. Plus, it gives high school students and their teachers the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate credit, respectively, from Northeast Ohio universities. The program is available to all high school students; in order for a student to participate, though, the student's teacher must first register for the program. Only work from students whose teachers have officially enrolled in the program will be accepted for review.
One of the world's most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of northeastern Ohio's principal civic and cultural institutions.
Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional high school art contest, An Artistic Discovery, is sponsored byU.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette (R-Concord Township).  Click here:Congressional Art Competition Rules to see entry guidelines.  Work submitted and accepted hangs in a corridor of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and will be there for one year, along with winning entries from other congressional districts across the country. 

Creative Artists Association Portfolio Competition
The Lake County Creative Artists Association first began in 1952 with only a few members. The association is a nonprofit organization and is comprised of artists primarily from Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake Counties.
Deadline: April Award: $500 - $1,200
Contact Information
Creative Artists Association of Lake County
Stuart Abbey
Scholarship Chair
6430 Meldon Drive
Mentor, OH 44060
Phone: (440) 257-2359
All graduating seniors attending a high school or living in Lake and Geauga Counties are eligible. Applicants must plan to continue art education at an accredited college, university or art school. The portfolio should consist of no more than 12 examples of the student's work. See the application for details.
The Benny Awards are an annual Graphic Arts contest for high school students where graphic arts work in the categories of Printing and Graphic Design are judged and cash awards and recognition plaques are presented during theHall of Distinctionceremony on Monday evening of Printing Week. This competition is viewed as valuable experience for any student interested in pursuing a career in the graphic arts field. The competition offers students their first exposure to review of their work by a panel of area professionals. All entries are displayed at the annual Printing Week celebration. Outstanding Student Awards are given each year by the Council to those students selected by their high school advisors and instructors. The award, honoring outstanding achievement in Graphics, is presented to selected students at the annual Hall of Distinctionceremony held on Monday evening of Printing Week.  This link will take you to the list of last year's winners, which includes Printmaking students from Mentor High School.See Mrs. Kane (Printmaking instructor) for details.
Lakeland hostsThe Annual Lake and Geauga Secondary Art Awards (LGCSAA)each year throughout the month of February.  This is a juried junior and senior high art competition for students in art grades 7-12 who attend any participating school in Lake or Geauga counties.  This link will take you to the gallery and its past exhibits.  Click on the year (you can see artwork all the way back to 2001) then scroll down to find LGCSAA work from Mentor secondary art students!See Mrs. Kane (LGCSAA Coordinator) for details.
NAHS is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program specifically for high school students, for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.
Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building.As you explore our website and follow our weekly communications through the Arts on Line you will discover the depth, breadth, strategic direction, and impact we have on arts education.
Every March, the OAEA sponsors Youth Art Month to spotlight art education in our schools. Events include the Ohio Youth Art Month Flag and Graphic Design Contest. The Flag entry selected from Ohio goes to Washington D. C. and is exhibited at various venues during Youth Art Month. Our Ohio Flag is also displayed at the STRS, at the NAEA Convention, and finally at next years OAEA Convention. The winning flag is also presented to the school for permanent display. The graphic design winning entry is made into a poster for display during Youth Art Month at the STRS and the designer and school both receive mounted posters to keep. This link will take you to past winners.
Now in itsforty-firstyear, is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of our talented young people in the state of Ohio. The exhibition is open to all of Ohio's 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education. Our purpose is to provide all budding young artists of the state with opportunities to advance their talent, whether that be through scholarships or simply experiencing the process of entering their work in a competition. The exhibition is a valuable incentive for our young people; it encourages an appreciation for the arts throughout Ohio and reflects the fine quality of art instruction andtalent which exist in our state. Eachyear the local judging is usually held on the firstSaturday in March at 10:00 AMat MHS. See Mrs. Kane (Regional Director) for details.
PTA Reflections
The Ohio PTA, through National PTA, holds an annual cultural arts program, called Reflections.  Children in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six arts areas: Lliterature, Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Film/Video and Musical Composition.  The Reflections program allows PTAs throughout the state to recognize children for their creativity in portraying yearly themes. Students submit artwork to their school PTAs. Works are judged at the local level and winning entries advance to the council, district, region and/or state PTA levels. Topstate-award winning entries advance to the national level of judging. Many state and national finalists have been from Ohio!All of the Mentor Schools winners receive invitations to LCC's annual Reflections ceremony which is held in Mentor. See Mrs. Kane (MHS Reflections Chair at MHS) for details.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.Students submit their works to regional programs of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and its Regional Affiliates. Students can earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. Works designated as Gold Keys on the regional level are forwarded for national-level review where they can earn Silver Medals and Gold Medals. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers national office is located at 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.

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