The Meraki Gallery

The Meraki Gallery opened on September 21, 2017, with its inaugural exhibit, Product, featuring works by JSA visual art alumni. The word Meraki means: The soul, creativity or love put into something; the essence of yourself that’s put into your work.

The mission of The Meraki Gallery is to provide students with opportunities to develop real-world skills in art administration, project and time management, teamwork, customer service and communication, as well as experience presenting student art in a professional and public setting, while displaying a range of artistic styles. JSA students earn gallery experience by serving in administrative and artistic roles including curation, direction and formation of exhibits, exhibit installation and display, and event marketing.  

ABANDONED: Photography by Joshua Fitzgerald

Join us on Thursday, September 26 from 5:30-7:30 for an Exhibit Opening Artist talk begins at 5:00. Enjoy works by Joshua Fitzgerald, accompanied by creative writing by Jackson School for the Arts students.

Joshua attended the New York Institute of Photography. He specializes in automotive, event, and landscape photography. On exhibit, September 26 through November 1, 2019.

Joshua attended the New York Institute of Photography. He specializes in automotive, event, and landscape photography. On exhibit, September 26 through November 1, 2019.

FEBRUARY 6, 2019 - Works of JSA National Art Honor Society Members

FEBRUARY 23, 2019 - Works of the 2019 JSA Scholastic Art Award winners

JSA students participated in this year's Northeast Central Ohio Scholastic Art Award competition. From a field of 3,140 submissions, 48 High School Students and 21 Middle School Students earned 98 awards. 

Recent Exhibits

Works of JSA Freshman Art Students

November 1, 2018 through January 18, 2019

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November 1, 2018 exhibit opening of Tales of the Heart, featuring student works inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's, The Tell-Tale Heart. This exhibit also paid homage to composer and pianist Gregg Kallor's, incredible musical adaptation of Poe's, The Tell-Tale Heart!

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JSA Scholastic Art Award Winners

February 24, 2018 Exhibit Opening During JSA All District Arts Extravaganza

JSA students participated in and earned awards in this year's Northeast Central Ohio Scholastic Art Award competition. The judges awarded 417 Silver Key and Gold Key awards from a field of 3,811 individual entries. Twenty-four JSA students earned 50 awards.


Scholastic Gold Key Winners

Scholastic Silver Key Winners

Recent Exhibits


"A Survey of  Evanescence"

Featuring beautiful works by Ohio artists, Timothy Hoffman and Brian Poetter. 

Timothy Hoffman

Timothy Hoffman

Brian Poetter

Brian Poetter



The 2021 Class of the Jackson School for the Arts proudly presents Istoria, The Freshman Exhibition.

Using the Greek word for history or story as their theme, the Freshman class found they had many stories to tell; from finding themselves, their personal experiences, or showing just one of the many things that makes them who they are.For this exhibition, individual students made a personal art piece in their selected art form, to tell this story.

These art forms included visual art, film, creative writing, vocal or instrumental music, dance, and drama. Throughout the semester, the students have worked tirelessly in order to create, draft, and perfect their art pieces and plan this collaborative exhibition representing their freshman class as a whole.  



Artist Statement

I was raised on comic books, Saturday morning cartoons and sugary cereal. The artwork on the boxes was just as good as the food inside. I managed to pass art history classes with late night cram sessions and short term memorization techniques. The best thing about having to take notes is that I had uninterrupted time to fill in the margins with random illustrations.

I have always paid attention to and enjoyed popular culture. For everything from movies and T.V., to books, technology, and album art,  I am a consumer and I do pick favorites. My paintings, through their combinations of seemingly unrelated parts, are my homage to art history and popular culture.

Deron Leutenegger, 2017

Deron Leutenegger is a visual artist and art educator living in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Inaugural Exhibit  


On display September 21 through October 20, 2017.

The Meraki Gallery's debut exhibition featuring the work of JSA visual art alumni. 

Our Mission

  • Provide students opportunities to acquire skills important to work in arts administration, as well as the communication, customer-service, and task management skills that translate to a number of career fields.

  • Showcase exhibits that are designed to address a range of artistic approaches, interdisciplinary connections and cultural diversity.

  • Provide an opportunity for students to present their art in a professional, public setting.

  • Provide relevant, real-world experiences for students.


Susan Gardner, District Arts Consultant
330-837-3501 ext. 1462

Lisa Ayres Surber, Visual Arts Educator, The Meraki Gallery Faculty Advisor
330-837-3501 ext. 1015

Small group tours (if approved) are available during school hours. Contact Lisa Ayres Surber to set up a time.
Please note: The Meraki Gallery does not sell artwork or negotiate the sale of any artwork in our exhibitions.