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Scholastic Art Awards recognize Northwood high school artists

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers has announced the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2011. Eighteen Northwood students from Leslie Burwell's visual arts classes participated in this year's competition, submitting 23 works in various media for the juried exhibition. They received eight awards.

Gold Keys were awarded to Kristen Hutchinson (NHS '12) for her photography; Richie Varnadore (NHS '12) for his video; Emily Kerscher (NHS '11) for her painting; and to Charlotte Harrison for three photographs. Silver Keys were presented to Nate Creel for sculpture and Charlotte Harrison in graphic design. Additionally, one of Harrison's photos received the regional Wilson Times Award, and another was named an American Visions Nominee.

The Awards recognize student achievement in the visual arts and creative writing. This year, the Alliance and its 81 Regional Affiliates reviewed more than 165,000 submissions of art and writing by creative teenagers from across the country. More than 50,000 students will be recognized in their local communities, and 1,300 students will receive National Awards. Students and teachers will be celebrated at regional ceremonies, public events and the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall.

Award categories include:

Regional Awards

* Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level. Gold Key works are forwarded to New York City for national adjudication.
* American Visions & Voices Nominees: Works named “Best of Show” for each region.
* Silver Key: Works worthy of recognition on the regional level.
* Honorable Mention: Work demonstrating artistic potential.

National Awards

* Gold Medal: The most outstanding works in the nation.
* American Visions & Voices Medal: Works selected from the American Visions & Voices nominees as the national "Best in Region."
* Silver Medal: Works demonstrating high honors on the national level.

Barton College hosts the Awards for the largest regional district in the North Carolina, currently with 62 counties from Winston-Salem to the Coast. The Awards provide the opportunity for teenagers to have their work exhibited in prestigious galleries. Barton College, as a regional affiliate hosts the work of eastern North Carolina award winners, January 25–February 17, 2011.

More than $3.25 million in scholarships are available to graduating seniors who earn national medals through the Alliance Scholarship Provider Network. Twelve Portfolio Gold Medalists earn $10,000 scholarships from the Alliance. Select regions also offer cash awards, grants and other incentives. The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of leading art and design colleges in the U.S., recognizes The Scholastic Art Awards as an effective way for students interested in art and design to develop successful portfolios for college admission.

Open to students in grades 7–12, more than 75,000 teens participate in this annual competition Founded in 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the oldest, longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the United States. To learn more about the program, visit
To see the entire list of winners with links to their artworks, visit

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