Through the Looking Glass

Forward Fairview Park is pleased to announce its 2017 Through the Looking Glass public art competition. The goal of this program is to use local, student-developed art and community engagement to beautify vacant storefronts on Lorain Road, improve the aesthetics and perception of the business corridor, and facilitate creative placemaking in Fairview Park.

Sample concept of storefront window art
Sample concept of storefront window art

Phase 1 – Submission

Beginning in January 2017, Forward Fairview Park will seek art submissions from Fairview Park students in grades 6-12. The competition is open to Fairview Park residents currently enrolled in grades 6 through 12 at any public or private school as well as non-residents enrolled in grades 6 through 12 at any public or private school in Fairview Park. Entries may be submitted by teams if all team members meet the aforementioned criteria.

The theme for 2017 is “Fairview Park Nature and Landmarks.”

Submission Guidelines

Student artists must submit completed entries by April 14, 2017 (note the date change), either electronically to or in person to one of the following school contacts:

  • Fairview High School/Mayer Middle School: Mr. Chris Kaminski, Mr. Ryan Graff
  • Messiah Lutheran School: Mrs. Amy Roman, Mrs. Nancy Shucofsky
  • St. Angela Merici Parish School: Ms. Jennifer Petras, Mrs. Kristin Smith

A complete entry includes:

  1. APPLICATION: An application signed by a parent or guardian. If submitted electronically, a parent/guardian must provide an e-mail address in order to confirm their permission. The application requires the student artist to briefly explain the artwork being submitted and how it relates to the theme. 
  2. ARTWORK:  Student artwork must comply with the following guidelines:
    1. Artwork must reflect positive qualities of the community and create a captivating display to attract potential businesses.
    2. Artwork should be black and white only.
    3. Design can include a combination of graphics, text, etc. Be creative!
    4. Files submitted electronically must not exceed 10 MB.

Incomplete entries will not be considered. Artists may submit more than one entry; each entry must be submitted with its own separate application.

The student artist(s) retains sole ownership and copyright of submitted artwork, but agrees to grant Forward Fairview Park permission to interpret and use any depictions of the work for any lawful purpose for installation, marketing, promotion, and documentation of the exhibition.


Phase 2 – Selection

Art entries will be judged by the public. First, a panel of community members, including local art professionals, will evaluate entries based on theme interpretation, artistic design, and site suitability. This will represent 75% of the final score. Second, members of the public may vote for their favorite entries at a public art showing hosted by Forward Fairview Park on Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00 pm, at the Fairview Park Gemini Center. This will represent 25% of the final score.

Forward Fairview Park anticipates selecting three winning entries. A representative of Forward Fairview Park will contact the winning student artists. Winning entries will receive prize money of $50.00 and have their artwork used as the concept for art that will be transferred to a storefront window on Lorain Road. Winning teams will share the $50.00 prize.

Phase 3 – Installation

Forward Fairview Park will identify chronically vacant storefronts on Lorain Road and approach property owners to participate in the project.

The art pieces will be fabricated and installed in the selected vacant storefronts on Lorain Road. The intention is for the storefront art to remain in place until the storefront has been leased.

Final details regarding the installation of artwork are dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to site availability, installation/exhibition schedule, and the staff capacity and financial resources of Forward Fairview Park. Forward Fairview Park will cover all expenses associated with the production and installation of artwork along Lorain Road.


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This project is funded in part by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture through a partnership with the Fairview Park Municipal Foundation.

Thanks to our additional sponsor