Scholastic awards provide recognition for young artists

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By Mac Todd, Staff Writer

Calling all artists! The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is coming up, which means that if you want people to see your art or writing, you must get working. The deadline is December 17th at midnight, so all work should be turned in to any of the art teachers.

In the past, James River has had very little recognition in the awards for their creative spirit, and this is the year to change that. One can submit photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, fashion design, digital media, multimedia, and writing.

It doesn’t even have to be what’s made in class. One can go home and create something too. Every winner that’s been spoken to about their experience says that “what you wouldn’t expect to win, will win,” so even what you don’t see as your best work could be what the judges love the most.

Jessica Bauserman, former Regional Director for the awards at the VMFA gives potential entrants some words of wisdom: “Apply and regardless if you win an award, consider it an achievement that you took the initiative to try,” she said. “Submit a lot, you never know who will be judging the works.”

Regional Gold Key winners will move on to the national level. They will be judged in February for a chance to attend an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City where a celebrity, revealed only at the ceremony, will speak to the honorees. A number of notable people have spoken such as: Meryl Streep, Zac Posen, Nick Cannon, and many others.

The nationally recognized artworks will be exhibited at The New School in Manhattan, where it will move throughout the country into some of the greatest universities, organizations, and government buildings.

The honor of winning one of these prestigious awards is much greater than the rewards of it. Talk to your art teachers for more details.