Each year art students across the country are invited to submit work to the Scholastic Arts Awards Competition. This year 17 LA students submitted work, and six have been honored with awards. All six are students in Nina Sylvia’s drawing, painting, or Advanced Art classes. Leon Wang ‘19, and Wenjing Yang ‘17, received Honorable Mentions for 3 drawings and illustrations and one senior portfolio. Jessie Xu ‘17 received a Silver Key Award for her mixed media “Wordless Words.” Anna Sirois ‘17, Jupiter Solarzano ‘17, and Hindley Wang ‘17, received Gold Key Awards for their mixed media arts and painting.
“It’s not only an honor to win the Gold Key Award for myself, but it’s an honor that the three of us within the same AP Art class have won a Gold Key Award,” said LA senior and Gold Key award winner Anna Sirois. “I feel truly proud of my work when I see others appreciating it… it adds value to each piece.”
Senior Jupiter Solarzano said, “I am so honored to receive the Gold Key, because the students who enter the Scholastic Art Awards are very serious about their art, so it means a lot to have my art stand out in a crowd of such talent. I am in my studio every day, and I am happy to see my hard work be recognized.”
Senior Hindley Wang was surprised–and happy–to be recognized this year. “This award was very unexpected,” she said. “I almost decided not to participate in this but Ms. Sylvia gets extra credit for entry, so thanks to Ms. Sylvia!”
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 486 submissions were made to the Maine Regional Affiliate Scholastics Art Awards Competition. From these submissions the jury selected; 150 Honorable Mentions, 86 Silver Key Awards, 63 Gold Key Awards and 5 American Visions.
As a Gold Key Award winners, Anna Sirois’, Jupiter Solarzano’s, and Hindley Wang’s pieces will go on to the national competition. 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 2017.
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 28 to February 11, 2017. The Awards Ceremony will be on Saturday February 11th from 1 to 3pm. Also, visitors are encouraged to see the Exhibition during Portland’s First Friday event on Friday February 3th from 5pm to 8pm.