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Open to 6th-12th grade students and schools

participating in or registered for The Foundry’s programs.

Entry Form and Online Submission Portal Opens February 23, 2023


Deadline For Entry: March 10, 2023

The Foundry is pleased to announce our Inaugural 2023 Juried Student Art Exhibition to recognize the artistic talents of Greater Cleveland’s 6th-12th graders through their creative expression of ”The Power of Water.”  The Juried Art Show reflects our belief that the arts are an essential component of positive youth development and serves to introduce students to life-changing opportunities at The Foundry.


The exhibition of student artwork will be juried by arts-related professionals. Artwork will be created by  6th – 12th grade artists in Greater Cleveland, Ohio and displayed at The Foundry located at 1831 Columbus Road, Cleveland OH 44113. The exhibition will run April 27 - May 18th 2023 with an Awards Presentation open to the public on the Exhibition’s opening.


Eligibility: 6th-12th grade students and schools participating in or registered for The Foundry’s programs.

Prizes will be awarded to 6th through 8th and 9th through 12th grade categories, and also to the School with the greatest number of participants.


Best in Show: will receive $150

1st place: will receive  $100

2nd place: will receive $75

3rd place: will receive $50

Honorable Mentions: will receive Ribbons

People's Choice: Prize TBD (voting on event day)

The School with the greatest number of participations: will receive $1,000 worth of art supplies!!!

When: Exhibition Opening Night and Awards Ceremony Thursday April 27th 5:30 PM. Exhibition will be open for public viewing on April 27th through May 18th during Foundry Business Hours

Where: The Foundry 1831 Columbus Road, Cleveland OH 44113



Sabine Kretzschmar is an art historian and educator at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Creating connections between the community and museum objects, she facilitates Currently Under Curation (CUC), a teen curation program, and manages the Education Art Collection.  Sabine earned her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University, after majoring in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her career, she has worked as a curator, educator, and director for organizations including the University of Akron, the Akron Art Museum, the Shaker Historical Society, and the CMA. Adopting Cleveland as her adult home, she has a passion for exploring NE Ohio’s built and natural environments, especially its’ quirky museums/historical sites, birding hot-spots, and stands of old-growth trees.

Kevin “mr.soul” Harp is a Cleveland-born artist, activist, and anomaly inspired by visual art and music inspiration since an early age. His experiences growing up in Cleveland, as a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and living in Atlanta developed mr. soul’s talents into one of the most sought-after artists around. For two decades, he touched every facet of Atlanta’s music, art, and entertainment ecosystem, mentoring young artists, conceptualizing and executing exhibitions, and laying the early critical groundwork holistically benefiting the creative southeastern population.


In 2017, mr.soul landed his first mural in Cleveland, on Nikki’s Music, a historical institution in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood. He was commissioned for similar public art projects with eight murals currently in the city. He was awarded a $100K grant from The St. Luke’s Foundation to erect murals on Cleveland’s southeast side, a grossly underserved area with a highly-concentrated African American demographic. He joined forces with various creative partners to implement an entertaining yet educational doctrine advocating public art’s importance. The first mural was installed in October 2022 with an expected four new murals to be completed in 2023. He will implement additional “Inspire Your City” programming that includes mentoring, an art exhibit, and a block party for the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.


The next chapter in mr. soul’s storied career remains unwritten; however, it is sure to advance the well-being of his community and local economy. His prolific voice and expressive gifts that evoke progressive change and inclusivity will continue to be amplified for generations to come.


Hilary D. Gent artist, gallery director, and event planner is a Cleveland artist who creates oil and latex paintings inspired by the urban landscape, Lake Erie, and other natural water sources in Northeast Ohio. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor's in Fine Art and a concentration in painting in 2003. Her paintings can be found in public collections including the Cleveland Clinic, Summa Hospital, The American Heart Association, Cleveland Art Association, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Hilton Hotels Corporation. They are displayed in many private collections nationwide.


Hilary has also spent the last thirteen years staging public art exhibitions, launching art walks, and planning elaborate receptions for individuals and organizations, all of which have transformed the way residents and visitors view the Northeast Ohio Region. In economic development terms, Hilary’s motivation to present the arts as a vehicle for elevating a neighborhood has provided urban planners with prime elements upon which to build larger community plans. Because of Hilary’s nuanced leadership in organizing dozens of businesses, creativity in presenting compelling exhibits, and electric personality as a city champion, she has been recognized by Scene Magazine’s special section on People** as someone who makes Cleveland the best place in America. She has earned awards and grants for her efforts to collaborate with nearby agencies, resulting in programming that has stimulated the entire Gordon Square Arts District. She is currently the director of HEDGE Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio and manages HEDGE Event Planning at 78th Street Studios.




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