February 14, 2020 -- Heights High junior Zoe Burns won first place at the Beachwood Arts Council’s Ileen Kelner Juried High School Art Show. The opening and awards ceremony was on February 9. The show includes 92 artists from 23 high schools.
Her piece was a 5” tall multimedia metal and polymer clay sculpture of two pregnant women, one with a baby in her uterus and one without a baby. The piece is called Poverty Kills. She read research about maternal healthcare and infant mortality and that information inspired her piece. She also read what performer Beyonce wrote about both her own experience and commentary about the experience of minority women in childbirth.
“I wanted to use my art to help bring attention to this issue because it is so important,” said Zoe.
The prize for first place was $100; Zoe donated her prize to Laura's Home Women's Crisis Center.
Zoe’s art teacher is Nancy Rich. “Our students have participated in this show for several years, it is so exciting to have Zoe win,” said Ms. Rich. “I am so proud of her!”
The exhibition will be on display through March 1, at the Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Boulevard, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. Gallery hours are: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.