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Southview Middle School scholar to be recognized for Artwork


LORAIN, February 4, 2019: Southview Middle School eighth-grader Mya Cordova, 14, will be recognized for her artwork during The Lorain County Region Scholastic Art Awards’ Gold Key Awards Ceremony, Feb. 10, 2019.


Selected as part of The Scholastic Art Awards program, five of Cordova’s illustrative portraits were recognized by judges, and are currently on display in Lorain County Community College’s Beth K. Stocker Gallery—along with other junior high and high school artists’ work from across Lorain, Erie and Huron counties.


The Scholastic Art Awards program is the largest annual art competition in the country. Students in public and private schools, across the United States and Canada, create the 150,000 entries each year. Of the more than 1,700 entries, only 550 have been selected to be placed on display during the annual Lorain County Region Scholastic Art Exhibition.

Cordova’s art, which was juried by an esteemed panel of art and design professionals and professors from northeast Ohio, earned the scholar a third place “Honorable Mention” recognition and four, first place “Gold Key” recognitions amongst artwork submitted from 12 junior high schools across the three counties. For receiving her gold key recognitions, Cordova has earned her seat at the Gold Key Awards Ceremony, scheduled for 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 in the Stocker Center Hall and Gallery.

Mya Cordova



Cordova, an aspiring psychologist, said she is honored to be recognized for her passion of drawing people.


“I’m excited, but shocked that I was selected,” Ms. Cordova said. “It’s cool that other people liked them.”


Each entrant’s work was judged by originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision and voice. Seventh and eighth grade students competed in one division with all categories mixed.


High school students competed together at the “varsity level” within various separate media categories. Students earned third place “Honorable Mention”, second place “Silver Key” and the first place of “Gold Key” for their entries.


It is noted that artists who have their artwork displayed amongst the 550 pieces equates to an athlete, or athletic team, making it to the district championships in any sport, and those works earning a regional “Gold Key” locally, automatically advance directly to national jurying in New York City this spring.


Stephanie Cook, visual arts instructor at Southview Middle School and Ms. Cordova’s teacher for two years, says her student is the epitome of natural talent.


“As an artist, she is incredibly self-directed,” Ms. Cook said. “It’s incredibly interesting to have a natural-born artist in the class. She is a model for other students, because she shows them what the ability-range is for someone her age. Everything that she does is her own. I give her some feedback, some inspiration and a lot of motivation, and then she runs with it.”


The program’s 2019 exhibition is on display in the Lorain County Community College Stocker Arts Center’s Beth K. Stocker gallery, located on the second floor. The exhibit is sponsored by the Nordson Corporation, with additional funding from the C. Paul Stocker Arts Foundation and Lorain County Community College.


The exhibit runs now through Feb. 22 and is open to the public. Beth K. Stocker Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.; 4-6:30 p.m., Tues., Wed., and Thurs.; and 1-3 p.m. Sun. The gallery is also open during all Stocker Center main stage (Hoke Theater) events.








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