Lincoln Academy students recently honored with Scholastic Arts Awards for visual art submissions include: (L to R) Anton Kalmysh, Essie Martin, Nettie Hoagland, Jennifer Arter, Maggie Weiss. Award-winners not pictured are: Polina Scimone, Wenjing Yang, Dora Chen, and Lucas Bourgine.

Lincoln Academy students recently honored with Scholastic Arts Awards for visual art submissions include: (L to R) Anton Kalmysh, Essie Martin, Nettie Hoagland, Jennifer Arter, Maggie Weiss. Award-winners not pictured are: Polina Scimone, Wenjing Yang, Dora Chen, and Lucas Bourgine.

Every year the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the Scholastic Arts Awards honor young artists and writers from schools around the country who have produced excellent work. The mission of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent, and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Through these awards, students (teens in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools) receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.

Last week 10 Lincoln Academy student artists who submitted artwork in the fall to Maine’s Regional competition were recognized with Scholastic Arts Awards.

The award categories in visual arts are: architecture, photography, ceramics/glass, printmaking, comic art, sculpture, design, video games, digital art, drawing/illustration, editorial cartoon, fashion, film/animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, and for seniors only, an eight-piece portfolio category. Within each category students can be awarded Honorable Mention, Silver Key, and Gold Key awards. Gold Key winning pieces of art are displayed at the Maine College of Art through February 13.

This year in Maine 393 students from 50 schools submitted 743 individual pieces of art and 56 senior portfolios, for a total of 1,191 pieces of art. Of those, 10 Lincoln Academy students were awarded for individual submissions, and one for a portfolio.

Honorable Mentions are awarded to the top 14% of submissions. This year’s Lincoln Academy Honorable Mention artists are: Jenny Arter ‘17 and Dora Chen ‘16 in Mixed Media, Nettie Hoagland ‘16 and Polina Scimone ‘17 in painting, Anton Kalmysh ‘16 in drawing and illustration, and Maggie Weiss ‘16 in Sculpture.

Silver Key Awards recognize the top 7% of submissions. LA Silver Key winners are: Wenjing Yang ‘16 in drawing and illustration, and Lucas Bourgine ‘16 in film and animation.

 A drawing by Lincoln Academy senior Anton Kalmysh that was part of his Senior Portfolio honored with a Gold Key in the Maine Scholastic Arts Competition.


A drawing by Lincoln Academy senior Anton Kalmysh that was part of his Senior Portfolio honored with a Gold Key in the Maine Scholastic Arts Competition.

Gold Key awards recognize the top 4-5% of submissions. This year Lincoln Academy has two Gold Key award winners: Essie Martin ‘17 for an individual submission in printmaking, and Anton Kalmysh ‘16 for his senior portfolio.

Gold Key winners progress to the national level competition, where they are judged in a national pool of regional winners from around the country. Top award winners receive more than $250,000 in scholarships that are given annually through the Scholastic Awards program.

An additional $10 million in scholarships is set aside each year by partners for recipients of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. These partners include higher learning institutions who designate matching funds for Scholastic Art Award winners.

“Brackish” a linoleum print by Lincoln Academy junior Essie Martin, won a Gold Key for an individual submission in the Maine Scholastic Arts Competition.

“Brackish” a linoleum print by Lincoln Academy junior Essie Martin, won a Gold Key for an individual submission in the Maine Scholastic Arts Competition.

“Each year I encourage my students to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity,” commented Lincoln Academy Visual Arts teacher Nina Sylvia. “The judging is rigorous, and students learn a lot by submitting their work to an objective process like this. I am very proud of the quality of work that was submitted this year, the record number of students who were willing to take the risk of competing and thrilled that so many of our students were recognized by the judges.”