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Encouraging Young Artists in Mississippi Through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. The Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarship. Each year, increasing numbers of students participate in the program, and become a part of our community–young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

This Mississippi Museum of Art has participated in/been the Regional Affiliate Sponsor for the Scholastic Art Awards for over 40 years. Starting in September, students in grades 7 through 12 from 65 different counties in Mississippi began creating their online Scholastic profiles and uploading their works. The students were eligible to enter works under 18 different categories ranging from fashion to film and animation to photography or painting. The submission window closed in December with almost 900 student participants having submitted over 1700 works.

Adjudication took place in January with three local art professionals. Works were judged on Scholastic’s core values: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision. Throughout the judging process, works get sorted into Honorable Mention, Silver Key, Gold Key, and the highest honor, American Visions Nominee. From the over-1700 entries this year, the judges selected 403 Honorable Mentions, 207 Silver Keys, 151 Gold Keys, and 5 American Visions winners.

The five American Visions nominees have their works entered into the national Scholastic competition. One overall winner will be chosen by the national committee and will be invited to represent Mississippi at a ceremony in New York.

A majority of the Silver Key- and Gold Key-winning works are currently on display in the main corridor at the Museum. These works will be showcased until Sunday, March 22, 2020 when the Museum will host the Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony to recognize and honor/celebrate the many talented students who participated in this competition.

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The Mississippi Regional Competition is generously sponsored by Atmos Energy.