The 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been announced and to no surprise the list once again included students from Stokes County. Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of the nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of the arts community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.
Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. Beyond the Awards, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers produces a number of programs to support creative students and their educators, including the Art Write Now Tour, the National Student Poets Program, the Scholastic Awards Summer Workshops and Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarships programs, the Golden Educators Residency, and much more. Scholastic Art Award Alumni include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, John Lithgow, Lena Dunham, and Ken Burns.
This year, over 3,000 individual pieces were entered in the North Carolina Scholastic Art Awards. The jury awarded 334 Gold Keys for individual entries and 9 Gold Keys for portfolio entries. Additionally, the judges awarded 419 Silver Keys and 684 Honorable Mentions for individual entries.
South Stokes Visual Arts faculty Phil Jones announced that ten South Stokes High School students earned a total of 18 awards, including four Gold Key, Five Silver Key and 7 Honorable Mention. Spencer Witmer won an American Visions Award Best in Show for his animation titled “The Deep Downs”, and Dalton Ferguson won the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Recycled Materials Award for “Roman Life.” South Stokes winners included India Bowman – 1 Silver Key, 1 Honorable Mention; Dalton Ferguson – 1 Gold Key, 1 Silver Key, 1 Honorable Mention; Hannah Ross – 1 Honorable Mention; Hannah Rominger – 1 Honorable Mention; Payton Sanford – 1 Honorable Mention; Carly Shelton – 2 Silver Keys; Brittany Slate – 1 Silver Key; Kaitlynn Williams – 2 Honorable Mentions; Jesse Joyce – 1 Gold Key; Spencer Witmer – 2 Gold Keys.
West Stokes Visual Art faculty Harriet Saunby announced that West Stokes High School student Meredith Newsome had won 1 Gold Key Award for her artwork titled “Cow Lick.”
Piney Grove Visual Art faculty Justine Luzwick announced that five Piney Grove Middle School students had won awards, including Sarah Bullins – 1 Gold Key for “Light House”, Megan Bibee – 1 Silver Key for “Reflection”, Hannah Mabe – 1 Gold Key for “Mom”, Josie Stanbery – 1 Gold Key for “Mountains”, Seth Stevens – 1 Gold Key for “Motocross.”
The Gold and Silver Key winners were on display at the Barton College Art Gallery from Jan. 31 to Feb. 20, with Honorable Mention works displayed digitally on the Barton College Gallery website. All Gold Key and American Vision winners will now go on to be judged in the National Scholastic Art Award Competition with the winners announced on March 13. Students who win National Awards will be recognized at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 3.
The Stokes County Arts Council would like to congratulate these students and their teachers on these outstanding achievements.