Students in public, parochial and private schools in grades 7-12 submitted 1,524 pieces of art for recognition in The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire.
The program recognizes the importance of fostering creative expression and artistic achievement in New Hampshire schools.
The program celebrates its 14th year under the administration of the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association, a regional affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Inc. This competition has become a significant part of New Hampshire school art education programs.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, celebrating its 90th anniversary, was established in 1923 by Maurice Robinson, founder of Scholastic Inc.
The awards have grown into the largest and longest running recognition program for young people in United States. In 2012, young artists and writers were granted more than $1 million in scholarships and prizes through the program.
Alumni of the awards include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, Philip Pearlstein, Paul Newman and Richard Avedon.
Students from all over the United States submit work in 16 visual art categories, with the regional recipients forwarded to New York in mid-February for national adjudication. The National Awards ceremony and exhibition will take place there in June, with an awards ceremony in Carnegie Hall.
Five panels of judges awarded 739 awards of which 162 were Gold Keys awards, which will represent New Hampshire at the national competition. In addition, 297 Silver Keys and 280 Honorable Mentions were awarded.
The annual statewide event highlights the award-winning student work. The works are on display through Saturday at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre.
This show is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students with exhibited work will be recognized during two ceremonies Saturday at 11 a.m. for grades 7-9 and noon for grades 10-12 in the Stockbridge Theatre.
All students will receive certificates. Silver and Gold Key recipients will receive a key pin for their achievement.
Four scholarships were awarded to senior students. Several other students planning on attending a post-secondary schools and majoring in art will have an opportunity to be considered for additional scholarships provided by the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
NHIA will provide $1,000 scholarships to attend the NHIA for each of the 19 Gold Key portfolio recipients, renewable for each of the four years in attendance at NHIA.
In addition, NHIA will offer $750 for each of the 30 Silver Key portfolio recipients, and $500 for each of 45 Honorable Mention portfolio recipients.
Other scholarships will be awarded at the closing awards ceremony.
The American Visions Award Nominations or “Best in Show” are awarded for individual submissions. The American Vision Nominees represent the top five of the Gold Key individual works selected by the adjudication panels.
Each student nominee will receive a $100 prize and will compete for the opportunity to represent New Hampshire in the national exhibition.
One American Vision nominees is Pelham High School senior Jillian Fisher for a “Lidded Jar Set.” Mike Norton is her teacher.