Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Students Recognized at Scholastic Art Awards

Many Athens Area High School students have been participating in regional and state competitive art programs.  The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12..  Since 1923, this program has recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.  Since its founding, the Awards have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our nation’s most accomplished and prolific creative leaders. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and more.

The results of this year's competition have been released and several AAHS students were recognized at the regional level, which includes several counties from New York and Pennsylvania. 

The program is very competitive.  Art teachers from our region send their best student work to be judged at the Arnot Art Museum.  From over 900 entries, they choose the best 120 works.  Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

The Eye of a Mother (acrylic) by Erica Hutchison
Gold Key in Painting

Requiem (pencil & charcoal)
Silver Key in Drawing & Illustration

Students from AAHS who were recognized include Erica Hutchison who received a Gold Key award in Painting for her acrylic The Eye of a Mother.  This piece will go on to the National level to be compete with gold key winners across the country.  Erica also received a Silver Key in Drawing & Illustration for her pencil drawing Requiem

Sydney Liechty received a Silver Key in Painting for her acrylic My Kicks

My Kicks (acrylic) by Sydney Liechty
Silver Key in Painting
Matt Nowacoski received a Silver Key in Printmaking for his linoleum block print Old Ways.  A second version of this work printed on newspaper received an Honorable Mention.

Old Ways (linoleum block print) by Matt Nowacoski
Silver Key, Printmaking
Old Ways Newspaper Print (linoleum block print)
Honorable Mention, Printmaking
Jeffrey Reagan received an Honorable Mention for his pencil drawing Put me in, Coach! 
Put me in, Coach! (pencil) by Jeffrey Reagan
Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration
Suzanna Searles received an Honorable Mention for her painting A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life (acrylic) by Suzanna Searles
Honorable Mention, Painting
Alexis Harford received an Honorable Mention for her painting Peekaboo!

Peekaboo! (acrylic) by Alexis Harford
Honorable Mention, Painting

Felicity Tobbe received an Honorable Mention for her drawing Lady of the Dead.

Lady of the Dead (colored pencil) by Felicity Tobbe
Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration

These artworks will be part of a display at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY.  These students will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Clemens Center on January 29 at noon. Following the ceremony, the artists and their families will be the first to view the works on display in the museum. 



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