Youngstown State University’s Department of Art will once again host the 2019 Northeastern Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition in Bliss Hall. Showcasing artwork from students in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Ashtabula Counties in grades 7-12, the exhibition will be displayed January 7 through January 29 in Bliss Hall’s second floor Judith Rae Solomon Gallery and at the Art Department fourth floor on Youngstown State University’s campus. The Gallery is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The Scholastic Art Awards ceremony will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater. The ceremony will feature awards given to students who received Gold and Silver Key awards as well as Honorable Mention awards. The 822 individual and 26 portfolio regional entries reflect each participating school’s outstanding student work. From these entries a panel of judges selects works to receive Honorable Mention, Silver and Gold keys and five nominations for the prestigious American Visions Awards. The American Visions Award and Gold Key finalists will be sent to New

York City where they will compete for awards and possible scholarships with other student entries from across the nation.


The Northeastern Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition program is designed to encourage student creativity, provide the opportunity for enrichment by interaction with their contemporaries, and bring student artwork into the public view.


The Scholastic Art Awards program is the largest and most comprehensive annual student art competition in America. Founded in 1927 by Scholastic Inc., the Scholastic Art Awards program is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of young artists. The program has recognized more than 13 million creative teenagers, including Andy Warhol and Robert Redford in its 90 year history.

The following schools are participating in the 2019 Northeastern Ohio Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition:


Ashtabula County Schools: Grand Valley High School, Jefferson Area High School, St. John School.


Columbiana County Schools: Leetonia High School, Salem High School, United Local High School, and Wellsville Jr. Senior High School.


Mahoning County Schools: Boardman High School, Cardinal Mooney High School, Canfield High School, Canfield Village Middle School, Chaney High School, East High School, Harding Elementary School, Holy Family School, Jackson-Milton High School, Lowellville High School, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, Poland Seminary High School, St. Christine School, South Range High School, Struthers High School, Taft Elementary, Ursuline High School, Valley Christian School, West Branch High School, Wilson Elementary School and Youngstown Early College.


Trumbull County Schools: Champion Middle School, Howland High School, Howland Middle School, Hubbard High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Joseph Badger High Schools, LaBrae High School, Lakeview High School, Maplewood High School, Mathews High School, McDonald High School, Mineral Ridge High School, Newton Falls High School, Niles McKinley High School, Niles Middle School, Southington Chalker High School, Trumbull Career and Technical Center, Warren G. Harding High School, and Warren McGuffey Pk-8 School.


Supporting this year’s show were: Grand Patron Sponsors: Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (the Arnet Family Fund and Kennedy Family Fund). Sponsors included: Youngstown State University Department of Art, Boardman Rotary, BOC Water Hydraulics, Inc., and the Trumbull County Educational Service Center.


Parking is available for a $5 fee in the M30 Wick Avenue parking deck. Those attending the awards ceremonies should enter Bliss Hall through the University Theater lobby on the first floor.