MILAN Several Edison art students earned recognition in the five-county art show competition last weekend at Clyde High School.
The art show invites schools of like size from Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood counties to participate. Edison High School had several winning artworks in the show.
Edison's big winners were seniors Brett Billman and Tyler Bolyard.
Billman was awarded best runner up of show for his two dimensional mixed media work along with another first, second and third place award.
Bolyard won the People's Choice Award for best artist, six first place awards in categories including acrylic painting, pencil drawing, pastel drawing, pen and ink drawing, two dimensional mixed media and three dimensional mixed media. His other awards included second place and honorable mention.
First-place awards also were awarded to Cody Wiewandt, who won two first places in photography and computer graphics along with a third place and an honorable mention; Tom Majoy for his pastel landscape; Don Janik in scratchboard along with a third place award; Kevin Corso for his acrylic painting focusing on diabetes; and Katie Wallrabenstein for silk painting. Janik also earned a third-place award.
Heath Barron won several awards at the five-county show: two second place awards and two third place awards. Emily DeMuth won a second place and an honorable mention, and Katie Schwab took a second place in collage. Kelsey Parker won a third place in 3D mixed media. Brett Tomczak, Chris Drake and Matt Hoffer were awarded honorable mentions in chalk pastels. Jacob Forren was awarded a second place in scratchboard. Noah Sutter won third place in two dimensional mixed media. Marissa Roberts won an honorable mention in computer graphics and Keyanna Wolfkill won an honorable mention in oil painting.
This was Edison's finest year in the five county art show and it is a testament to the creativity, hard work and determination of so many of the art students.
Bolyard and Wiewandt also were honored at Oberlin College for their winning art entries in the Ninth Congressional District Invitational Art Exhibition. Their pieces were selected into a juried competition and they also earned special awards.
Bolyard's acrylic and mixed media self portrait was also recognized by the University of Toledo. The artist was awarded a special ribbon and $100 for his achievement. His artwork was also featured on the front of page of La Prensa newspaper, Ohio and Michigan's largest Spanish newspaper.
Wiewandt submitted a winning piece featuring his photography and photoshop. Libby Glass recognized him with a special ribbon and an opportunity along with 11 other students in the Ninth Congressional District to attend a workshop on art and technology at their plant in Toledo.
Bolyard, meanwhile, also was awarded second place in Northeast Ohio for his acrylic painting concerning the spread of infectious disease and the effects of disease on the human body in the Cleveland Clinic Foundation's Health Expressions: An Intersection of Art and Wellness.
Kevin Greulich, a junior at Edison, received an honorable mention in the Cleveland Clinic Foundation competition for his charcoal drawing illustrating the transmission of airborne pathogens.
Only nine awards were given overall in Northeast Ohio for the competition making it quite exciting to take two awards at one school. Both Bolyard and Greulich received $100 from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation's Department of Civic Education Initiatives as well as having their work published by the CCF. Both students were honored in a catered reception at the Omni International hotel.