The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a national competition, was founded in 1923 to identify and document outstanding achievement by young artists and writers in the visual and literary arts. Year after year the program continues to see increased participation from students and communities across the country. In the past six years, submissions have exceeded 1 million works. More than $30 million in awards and scholarships have been awarded. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Past award winners include important American artists and writers such as Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Reno’s own Michael Sarich.
Since 1999, the Nevada Museum of Art has overseen the Northern Nevada regional visual arts component of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The Museum proudly partners with the Holland Project Gallery to present this diverse exhibition of exceptional artwork, representing the talents of middle and high school students from Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine counties. Submissions were judged on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision.
From over 1,300 pieces of art submitted in 15 categories, a blind panel of four judges selected 53 individual pieces and three portfolios to receive Gold Key awards. Of the Gold Key individual pieces, five were nominated for the American Visions Award. These American Visions nominated works are displayed at the Nevada Museum of Art, while all other Gold Key works are featured in the exhibition at the Holland Project Gallery. Gold Key award winners and American Vision nominees also go on to compete at the national level, where the artworks are juried along with more than 15,000 other works. National award winners are eligible for a number of scholarships and are recognized in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Judges selected 75 additional individual submissions and one portfolio to receive the Silver Key award for outstanding achievement at the regional level. The panel selected 158 individual submissions and 14 portfolios to receive Honorable Mention recognition. Finally, students demonstrating exceptional talent will be awarded scholarships.
American Visions Award Nominees will be on display at the Museum. View Gold Key award winning works at the Holland Project Gallery, 140 Vesta Street, Reno.