All-district student art show on view at Lee Road Library

A pastel and watercolor painting by Canterbury fourth-grader Helena Duffy. [Photo credit: Ida Bergson.]

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District art show will feature more than 300 works of art created by CH-UH students in grades K–12. The Lee Road Library will host Creative Heights, April 8–29. The opening reception will take place on Tuesday, April 12, 6–8 p.m., with an award ceremony at 7 p.m. that evening.

Art, grouped by school, will be displayed throughout the library complex on both the east and west sides of Lee Road. Each school is represented by 20 pieces, selected by the certified art teacher from work created in art class.

A jury of community artists will serve as judges for the show. Three student artists from each school will receive first- and second-place, and honorable mention, awards. There will be three Best of Show awards—one each for an elementary, middle and high school student. 

District art teachers have been working for several years to reinstate the show, and are excited to make the show a reality. Ida Bergson, Canterbury Elementary School art teacher, and Nancy Eisenberg, Heights High art department liaison, are the show’s coordinators.

“The citizens of [the Heights] value the arts and that is reflected in the rich visual art program we offer students in our public schools,” said Bergson. “We are excited to share our students’ wonderful accomplishments with the community.”

“We love giving our students the chance to show their work and receive valuable input from professional artists,” said Eisenberg. “We feel very fortunate to have the Lee Road Library as one of our partners, giving the community easy access to the show.”

Toia Robinson, CH-UH coordinator of gifted and fine arts, said, “We are very excited to showcase student work and to partner with community organizations. The arts are an essential component of an education that prepares students to learn and think creatively.”

Creative Heights is presented by the CH-UH Visual Art Department in partnership with Heights Libraries; Reaching Heights, a citizen voice for public education and a resource for the students and educators of the CH-UH schools; and Artful Cleveland, a new organization that works to establish and nurture affordable space that supports and educates artists.

Joy Henderson

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

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