LA junior Sophie Erickson received a Gold Key award for this cut paper piece, which is currently on display along with other Silver and Gold Key Scholastic Art Award winners at MECA in Portland.

This year seven Lincoln Academy student artists have been recognized by the Maine Scholastic Arts Association with Scholastic Art Awards.

Honorable Mention was awarded to seniors Morgan Zhang and Anthony Wang for painting/collage, senior Harry Yi for drawing, and junior Chris Decker for photography. Gold Keys were awarded to junior Sophie Erickson for cut paper and Addie Mullin for collage. Senior Gabbie Boord submitted a Senior Photography Portfolio and was awarded an Honorable Mention.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, who have been awarding these prizes to high school students every year since 1923. This year students across the US submitted nearly 350,000 original works in 29 different categories of art and writing. According to the Alliance for Young Artists’ website, “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.”

The Maine Scholastic Arts Association issued a press release that saying, “this year Scholastics had an overwhelming pool of applicants and our jury had a very difficult task. There were more than 50 schools [in Maine] and over 1100 works entered into the competition.”

Maine Gold and Silver Key winners and Honorable Mention Art Portfolios are part of the 2019 Maine Region Scholastics Exhibition, currently taking place at the Maine College of Art from January 25 through February 9. MECA will be hosting a reception for the exhibition for Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on Friday, February 2 from 5-7 pm. The 2019 Maine Region Scholastics Art Exhibition will culminate with an awards ceremony to celebrate the students’ achievements on Saturday, February 9 from 2-4 pm. Congressional Art Competition winners will be awarded at the ceremony. Gold Key winners will automatically progress on to the National level of the SAA, with up to $10,000 in scholarships available to the winners.

Lincoln Academy Visual Art teacher Nina Sylvia, who supported the entries of the Lincoln Academy student submissions said, “Each year students fearlessly submit works to this scholarship competition and it is always a joy to see the choices of the jurors. I couldn’t be more proud of all of my students who participated.”

Lincoln Academy award-winning submissions are featured below.