Perkins High Artists' Works Get American Vision, 'Gold Key' Honors 

Lorain County Scholastic Art Showing at Stocker Center

Neither Jay Hunter nor Kyler Capizzi thinks of themselves as “artists.” Yet, the two Perkins High School seniors have good reason to add that title to their resumes.


Kyler’s sculpture and Jay’s mixed-media piece have been selected as American Vision Award winners in the regional round of the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. In addition to being celebrated at the local Scholastic exhibition in the Stocker Arts Center Gallery at Lorain County Community College, Jay and Kyler’s works will now be considered by a panel of judges for national recognition.


Only five works of art from the local Scholastic exhibition are considered for the American Vision Awards – and two of the artworks came from Perkins High School students. Jay and Kyler are students in Donna Hensley and Mike Beuglass’ art classes.


“This is huge,” Mr. Beuglass said. To get one work for national consideration “is a pretty big honor, but to get two, that’s really big.”

A total of 30 schools in Northeast Ohio submitted 1,709 works for the show at Stocker Center, and 550 were entered into the show.

All gold key winners from the regional judging will be considered for national recognition, a non-financial honor and celebrated during events and a national exhibit in New York City. Previous winners of the award have included pop artist Andy Warhol and filmmaker Ken Burns. (Article continues below photo)


"Equal" by Jay Hunter
("Equal," a mixed-media piece by Jay Hunter)

Message in the artwork

Jay, a 17-year-old, spent some 25 hours to create his mixed-media work titled “Equal.” A tattered American flag (which he created – it’s not a real flag) is the central platform for his message of discontent. As a young person of color, Jay said “Equal” reflects the current unrest in the nation and it has a message dating back to the Civil Rights era.

“I hope that no one gets offended because it’s a flag,” Jay explained. “But I hope they can take a powerful message into their everyday lives. Maybe they’ll give more support to people of color.”


Meantime, Kyler, 17, spent about 25 hours creating his lamp and table sculpture. His artwork is a reflection of who he is – an outdoors lover. If you look closely, you will see there are bones and teeth from coyotes and groundhogs, as well as nails and BBs. (Article continues below photo.)

Untitled sculpture by Kyler Capizzi
(Untitled sculpture by Kyler Capizzi)


“There is no real meaning,” Kyler said. “But if you walk by my art, I want you to stop and admire it – and say, ‘That’s cool.’”


They sit among ‘artists’

Interestingly, while neither Kyler nor Jay will call themselves “artists,” they do see their classmates as just that – “artists” – and just as deserving of the recognition they are getting.

“There are some people in class that I see as artists,” Kyler says. “I see myself as someone having fun … I just want to make cool stuff.”

Jay agrees.


“I sit next to kids who are really good. It’s really humbling,” he said. “I’m just a kid who’s creative.”

And, to their point, several other students from Mrs. Hensley and Mr. Beuglass’ art classes showed well in the annual competition at Stocker Center. In addition to the American Vision Award recognitions received by Jay and Kyler, they and five other Perkins High School students received Gold Key awards for their artwork.


In addition, junior Vivien Holop won Gold Key awards for two of her works; and sophomore Spencer Rumer, junior Keegan Kimberlin, senior Lynh Ngo, and senior Aaliyah Staveskie each won Gold Key awards. These Gold Key works will also be judged nationally.

The artwork of the Perkins High students will remain on display at Stocker Center until Jan. 22. The winners of Gold Key awards will be honored during a reception on Feb. 10.


Scholastic Art Gold Key winners
Lorain County Scholastic Art "Gold Key" winners (from left) Aaliyah Staveskie, Lynh Ngo, Kyler Capizzi, Jay Hunter, and Vivien Holop.

Posted by j_stacklin On 23 January, 2019 at 11:19 AM