Scholastic Art Awards, 2017

by: Charla Gaglio and Aaron Sober, Upper School Art Teachers
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Each year, the Alliance partners with nearly 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. Last year, students submitted nearly 320,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies.

Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals and Sponsored Awards. National Medalist are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Shorecrest student art pieces were submitted to the Scholastic Art Show at Gibbs High. From them, some work was chosen to also be shown at the Emerging Artists for the 21st Century High School Exhibition at Art Festival Beth El.

Art Festival Beth El will feature a gallery, where pieces created by students from local high school art classes are displayed. The students will have their pieces judged by “Charlotte Observer” arts writer Mark Leach, and compete to win scholarship monies for their schools. Featured artists will also be judged by Leach, as they attempt to claim their share of $8,000 in prize money.

Congratulations to the following Shorecrest student artists honored by the Alliance:

Lauren B - Gold Key, Ceramics, Art Festival Beth-El and Scholastic

Logan G - Gold Key, Art Portfolio
Logan G - Gold Key, Painting
Logan G - Gold Key, Drawing & Illustration
Logan G - 3 Silver Keys, Painting
Logan G - 2 Honorable Mentions, Drawing & Illustration
Logan G - 1 Honorable Mention, Mixed Media
Logan's painting “The Forbidden Fruit” is an American Vision nominee. She and her painting will be honored at the Scholastic Exhibition.
Walker W, Silver Key, Ceramics

Angel C - Honorable Mention, Painting
Renice D - Honorable Mention, Art Festival Beth-El and Scholastic, Sculpture
Troy G - Honorable Mention, Sculpture
Graham H - Honorable Mention, Ceramics
Luke H - Honorable Mention, Digital Art
Shelby J - Honorable Mention, Photography
Julia P - 3 Honorable Mentions, Painting
Zuri P - Honorable Mention, Ceramics
Elizabeth S - Honorable Mention, Ceramics
Mitchell S - Honorable Mention, Ceramics


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