Western Reserve Academy junior Chloe Cusimano is the recipient of the 2013 Cleveland Institute of Art Award.
Cusimano, of Fairlawn, earns a full scholarship, including room and board, to the institute's pre-college program this summer where she will study glassblowing. The two-week residential program allows students to experience the life of an art student while using the school's tools and studio spaces.
"The art department at WRA makes the process of connecting with your creative peers all that much easier, because a select amount of students have already been brought together, giving each student someone to bond with," said Cusimano.
Cusimano was selected for the award by members of WRA's visual art department based on her high level of achievement in the area of art and design at WRA.
"When talking to Chloe about her art, there is a very real twinkle in her eyes," said Alan Doe, WRA's two-dimensional art and photography teacher. "It comes from her joy in making art, from the confidence in her conceptual and technical abilities, and the mystery that infuses her creativity.
"Chloe is a wonderful artist and a joy to teach."
The award, in its second year, was established by the Grafton Nunes, president of the Cleveland Institute of Art, after he view the art work produced by WRA students for the annual student art shows in the Moos Gallery.