By: Su Sebghati
Kendra’s pastel drawing is titled “United Crushers” and Allie’s micron pen drawing is titled “Shoreline”.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced the national winners of the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. More than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level in the Awards’ 28 categories, which include poetry, painting, architecture, short story, fashion design and more. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level. Only 13 students from Minnesota were awarded Gold Medals.
All art and writing submissions are judged based on the program’s three criteria: originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision or voice. Student works are first adjudicated regionally through the more than 100 local Affiliates of the Alliance. Regional winners receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions or American Visions & Voices Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies.
Gold Key–winning works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative-industry experts to receive Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals. This program year, more than 1,900 of the most talented teens from 47 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and American schools abroad received national recognition and gained access to exhibition and publication opportunities, as well as scholarships.
Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein and Sylvia Plath. More recently, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham won Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens.
In June, National Award-winning teens from across the country will gather in New York City to attend the National Celebration series of events in their honor, hosted by the Alliance. This celebration will kick off on June 7th and the students are invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 8th. The students will also be invited to see all of the student work on display in galleries in New York City. The student artworks will travel the U.S. for up to two years.
Submitted by Su Sebghati
Rogers High School Art Teacher