Senior’s work receives honorable mention at juried art exhibition

Senior Kaliyah Smith had three of her art pieces accepted into the Summit Artspace Gallery's show entitled “Embracing Heritage.” It is a juried visual and literary art exhibition to honor and embrace the impact that African-Americans and African-American culture has had in shaping Akron, the United States and the world. Smith received an honorable mention in the exhibition for "Venomous," colored pencil, and her works will be on display Feb. 13 through March 14.

The show celebrates the cultural impact of African-American heritage and life experience by local artists during Black History Month. Ace Epps, community manager for Akron's BMe community and host of “Center Talks” on WAKR, was the juror. He presented Smith with her award. Art teacher Jill Fortman is pictured with Smith.

Artist Statement: "The eyes can give off a distinct look with every emotion a person feels. They can give off a loving stare, and they can give off a cold, venomous stare. Be cautious around this one!"