The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began as a small writing contest with a $5 prize and six winning applicants in 1923. Today, more than 90,000 teens in grades 7 through 12 from around the nation annually submit more than 185,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories. Winning students earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.
The Awards, now presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, not only celebrate the rich future of artistic America, but also document its past. The program has been credited with identifying early talent in generations of America’s cultural icons, including Truman Capote (1932), Richard Avedon (1941), Andy Warhol (ca. 1945), Sylvia Plath (1947), Robert Redford (1954) and Zac Posen (1998), each of whom won the award when they were in high school.
Student works are evaluated by industry leaders and exhibited in New York City venues as well as cities across the country through the traveling exhibit, ART.WRITE.NOW. These exhibitions give audiences the opportunity to see the work of the nation’s top young artists and writers, inspiring appreciation for the teens’ maturity, talent and originality. For most young winners, this recognition is their first experience of being identified as serious artists and writers, and the impact on their self-perception can be life-changing. Richard Avedon called winning his Scholastic Award, “the defining moment of my life.”
The OHHS Art Department would like to congratulate the following students on their awards for the 2015 competition:
Taylor Helms (2)
Alyssa Weber (2)
American Visions Nominee
Information about the Regional Exhibition and Awards are listed below. Be sure the work of these very talented students and cheer the Portfolio Award and American Visions Nominees on to the next level! Preview some of the works below.
Exhibition Opens: January 23rd from 6-9 pm at the Art Academy of Cincinnati
January 23rd- February 6th / Exhibition Run
Gallery Hours (after opening night)
Saturdays & Sundays (noon to 3 pm)
Monday – Friday (9 to noon & 4 to 7 pm)
(Last Friday – 5-10pm)
Awards Night Presentation:
January 30th; Exhibition hours 9 – noon & 5 – 10pm
Northern Kentucky Convention Center (Covington)
Grades 7-8 will be recognized at 6pm
Grades 9-10 will be recognized at 7pm
Grades 11-12 will be recognized at 8pm