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.