I’m thrilled that nine Marin Academy students have been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Established in 1923, past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, and Joyce Carol Oates. Students in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories for the chance to earn scholarships and have their work exhibited or published. According to the Alliance, “panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.”
“These awards provide an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents on a national level,” explains Anne Maurice, Chair of the Visual Arts Department. “It is considered the largest, longest-running, and most prestigious recognition program for artistic young people in the United States. The program has encouraged more than 12 million student participants, recognized more than 2 million young artists, and distributed more than $20 million in awards and scholarships.
“This year our students received an American Visions and Voices award, five Gold Key awards, five Silver Key awards, and eight honorable mentions. Nationally-renowned artists juried artwork regionally; Gold Keys were awarded to work they considered the strongest in each medium. Gold Key artworks were sent to New York to be juried on the national level. We are so proud of all of our art students who entered the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards this year.”
Congratulations Audrey Bell ’14, Tiffany Chang ’12, Olivia Glick ’12, Elena Janey ’14, Anna Kelly ’12, Leigh Kinney ’12, Adam Sterry ’12, Max Weiss ’12, and Luke Winfield ’12. Their work will be on display at the San Jose Museum of Art on February 25. Here are some of the winning works from MA:
Update: We just received notice that “Splash!” by Isabelle Kitze ’14 was accepted into the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition which will be held in March in conjunction with the National Ceramic Convention in Seattle. The show is the collection of the most outstanding ceramic work from students around the country, and this is the third year in a row that MA students have been selected. Congrats Isabelle!
Another exciting update (March 16): Audrey Bell has been awarded a Gold Key National Scholastic Art Award. Her painting will be displayed in New York City at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall. Anna Kelly’s painting has been awarded a Silver Medal, and her work will be published in the Scholastic Art catalog. Congratulations Audrey and Anna!