Heights artists win awards in Cleveland Clinic competition

The Heights High eXpressions Art winners and their art teachers (from left): teacher Nancy Eisenberg, Michelle Posch, Kelly Moore, Jenna Dent, Londyn Crenshaw, and teacher Laura Skehan.

Four Heights High students won awards in the Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Art Competition: sophomore Jenna Dent and senior Michelle Posch won red ribbons, and sophomore Londyn Crenshaw and senior Kelly Moore won white ribbons.

The eXpression program invites high school artists to use art to explore science and medicine by translating research conducted by Cleveland Clinic high school interns into artistic interpretations of the science. A panel of art and science professionals used four criteria to evaluate the art: interpretation, presentation, creativity and initiative.

Dent, who painted an image of a heart inside a human chest with blue birds surrounding the body, said, “The blue birds represent happiness leaving because patients often suffer depression and anxiety.” Her piece was inspired by research titled Patient Awareness of Heart Failure.

Posch created a copper brooch with a light metal skeleton and pink copper body. “The image represents the flesh of the child with a brain tumor that causes weight gain,” said Posch, who took her inspiration from research into The Effect of Craniopharyngioma and Association with Weight Gain and Behavioral Problems.

Crenshaw’s painting of lungs circled by thorns represents the closing of valves during lung allograft dysfunction. “I wanted to visually express the fear that I feel when I think about a dysfunctional lung and lung transplants,” explained Crenshaw, who drew inspiration from Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction: Histopathologic Features With Clinical Correlation.

Moore created a necklace with charms depicting characteristics of a healthy lifestyle. “The center of the necklace is a brain representing knowledge,” said Crenshaw, “and the tree represents the growth of a healthy life that is influenced by education.” Her piece was inspired by research titled Fostering Healthy Futures: An Evaluation of a Wellness Curriculum for Youth.

The winning artwork will be displayed in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation, 1 St. Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, Jan. 28 through March 11, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joy Henderson

Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:46 AM, 01.26.2016