Each year art students across the country are invited to submit work to the Scholastic Arts Awards Competition. This year six LA students submitted work, and four juniors have been honored with awards. Liam Dworkin ‘16 received an honorable mention for his collage titled “The Free Thinker,” Ally Wehrle ‘16 received an honorable mention for “The Tranquil Calamity Within,” Margaret Skiff received an honorable mention for her ceramic sculpture “Teapot,” and Lindsay Brackett ‘16 received a Gold Key and American Vision Award Nomination for her print titled “Standing Scream.”
Scholastic Arts Awards are sponsored by the Scholastic Publishing Company, and selected by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The competition has taken place every year since 1923, and this year over 90,000 young artists and writers submitted work nationwide. This year in Maine a total of 501 submissions were made to the Maine Regional Affiliate Scholastics Art Awards Competition. From these submissions the jury selected; 104 Honorable Mentions, 46 Silver Key Awards, 31 Gold Key Awards and 5 American Visions.
Gold Key works are automatically entered into the National Judging. In New York City, panels of nationally renowned artists, art professionals, and arts educators review Gold Key works from across the country. Jurors select work for national recognition based on three criteria: 1) originality, 2) technique, and 3) emergence of a personal vision. The American Vision Award winners are chosen as the “Best of Show” from all of the artwork entered in each regional competition, selecting the five most outstanding works of art from their Gold Key recipients. These five young artists represent the region on the national level as American Vision nominees. A national panel selects one of the nominated works from each region as the American Vision Award Recipient for 2014.
This year, the Maine Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibition will feature the Gold Key and Silver Key Award Winners. The Exhibition will take place at Maine College of Art from January 24 to February 14, 2015. The Awards Ceremony will be on Saturday February 14th from 1 to 3pm. Also, we are encouraging as many visitors as possible to see the Exhibition during Portland’s First Friday event on Friday February 6th from 5pm to 8pm.
As a gold key award winner, Lindsay Brackett’s piece will go on to the statewide exhibition and then the national competition.