The Asheville Art Museum has announced the regional award recipients of the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards. The Asheville Art Museum and the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are the Western North Carolina (WNC) regional Affiliate Partners of the National Scholastic Art Awards. This ongoing community partnership has supported the creative talents of our region’s youth for 41 years. The WNC regional program is open to students in grades 7–12 across 20 counties.
The regional program is judged in two groups: Group I, grades 7–8 and Group II, grades 9–12. Out of 375 total art entries, 100 works have been recognized by the judges, and Gold and Silver Key awards are featured in this exhibition. The 2021 regional judges include Jeannie Regan (UNC Asheville), Jessica White (Warren Wilson College), and Shane Mickey (Mars Hill University). The judges carefully viewed each entry then selected Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention award recipients across all media.
Those works receiving Gold Keys have been submitted to compete in the 98th Annual National Scholastic Art Awards Program in New York City. Of the Gold Key Award recipients, five students have also been nominated for American Visions, indicating their work is the Best in Show of the regional awards. One of these American Visions Nominees will receive an American Visions Medal at the 2021 National Scholastic Art Awards. Award winners include students from public, private, homeschools, and charter schools in Buncombe, Burke, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, and Transylvania counties.
All regional award recipients will be honored during a virtual ceremony on Saturday, February 6 at 2pm on YouTube Premieres.
“We proudly champion not only the young artists but also the art educators of our region who do so much with so little to inspire future generations of makers,” says Asheville Art Museum Executive Director Pamela L. Myers.“I'd also like to thank our staff and docents who have worked so hard to make this happen.”
Works will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s John & Robyn Horn Education Center from February 6 through March 8, 2021. More information is available at ashevilleart.org/exhibitions/scholastics-2021.
Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Scholastic Art Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, and include a distinguished list of alumni including Andy Warhol, who received recognition in the Awards when he was a teen.
National Gold Key medalists will be announced in March 2021 and honored during a special awards ceremony in June 2021.
For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic Newsroom: mediaroom.scholastic.com/artandwriting.
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