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Students Awarded in CCF eXpressions Program

December 19, 2013

Congratulations to students Izabelle Carlson and Samantha Angie from the Excel TECC Visual Art and Design program at Orange High School on recently being awarded Red Ribbons in the 2014 Cleveland Clinic eXpressions program.

Carlson, from OHS, won for two art pieces -- books she designed that reflected the inter-workings of the heart and the lungs –“Heart Strings” and “Deep Cleanse”. Angie, from West Geauga High School, won for her piece titled, “Feeling a Little Low”. The students received a $75 pre-paid gift card, and their award-winning artwork will be featured in the eXpressions™ catalogue, and displayed in the 2014 eXpressions™ Art and Language eXhibition, which will open with a formal reception and dedication at the Cleveland Museum of Art on January 30, 2014.

An esteemed panel of art educators, medical researchers and illustrators, curators, graphic designers, and media professionals used four criteria to evaluate each art submission: interpretation, presentation, creativity, and initiative. Excel TECC is a career technical consortium serving the nine school districts of Aurora, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Mayfield, Orange, Richmond Heights, Solon, South Euclid Lyndhurst, and West Geauga offering 22 unique programs. Its primary objective is to prepare students to enter a 4-year college, a 2-year technical school or the career of their choosing.

Launched in 2005, eXpressions™ is an award-winning educational initiative that utilizes creative expression to engage high school students in the exploration of science and medicine. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students translate research studies conducted by Cleveland Clinic high school interns, producing artistic, literary, and mathematical interpretations of the science.

In addition to providing participants with a deeper appreciation for science and its connections to other disciplines, eXpressions™ gives students and their teachers the chance to earn awards, exhibition opportunities, and even college credits. And since the program connects to Common Core State Standards, it provides a fun, creative way to cultivate 21st century skills.

Carlson described her winning art: "This piece is intended to present viewers with a new, interactive perspective of the human heart and its anatomy. Through the juxtaposition of the basic, clean-cut edges of the tabs, textbook style diagrams, and overall simplicity against the chaotic tangle of veins, a sense of alarm and urgency is conveyed. This unsettling feeling allows viewers to see beyond the sterile page of a textbook, and experience the severity of Systolic Heart Failure at a raw, unfiltered level. By stripping Systolic Heart Failure of its medical terms, and replacing them with tangible presence, its effects on the entire human body are explored."

Angie described her winning art: "This research project is very passionate to me. As a type one diabetic, I am familiar to Hypoglycemia because my blood sugar fluctuates often. For this project, I wanted to illustrate the feeling of hypoglycemia. I could relate to a drowning sensation while I am experiencing a low so I portrayed a faceless mannequin (faceless to express that anyone can suffer from this), struggling in a vial of Humalog, which is prescribed insulin. Also, my mannequin is struggling to keep up with the insulin. Too much insulin and lack of eating both could cause hypoglycemia."


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