Scholastic Art Awards
70+ Years of Honoring Student Artists
The Scholastic Art Awards is a longtime success story at the Arnot Art Museum. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring the Awards to local communities and the Arnot Art Museum has had the privilege to be a partner since 1943. The national Scholastic program has celebrated over 90 years as a unique presence in our nation's classrooms by identifying and documenting outstanding achievement of young artists and writers in the visual and literary arts. It is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens, and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Since 1923, more than thirteen million students have participated, nine million young artists and writers have been recognized, and over $30 million in awards and scholarships have been made available. 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.
Young artists in grades 7 through 12, from public, private, or home schools, can apply in 14 categories of art, ranging from drawing and painting to fashion and jewelry, for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited at the Museum. Submissions are juried by notable professionals in the community involved in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards partners with dedicated sponsors who provide special national recognition within the Awards, in addition to Silver and Gold Medals. These creative challenges and special awards offer additional opportunities for students and educators to be recognized for their creative, unique, and bold ideas. The awards include Best in Grade Award, Creativity & Citizenship Awards, Duct Tape® Brand Award; Gedenk Award for Tolerance; and The Future New Awards.