2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


January 31, 2018 through March 29, 2018
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SKyPAC is proud to be the regional affiliate and join in celebrating 95 years of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923, when Scholastic Founder, Robbie Robinson, started the program as a way to honor the creative achievement of high school students. Some things have changed with the Awards over the years—new categories like Comic Art and Video Game Design—but a few things have not.

Freedom of expression has been the key from the beginning!  The Scholastic Awards places no limitations on content; students are free to pursue any idea or topic in their art and writing.  Blind adjudication has also been a core tenet of the awards since day one.  Work is evaluated on its own merits, with jurors having no information on the identity of the young artist or writer, and lastly, the three criteria used to select work: Originality; Technical Skill; and the Emergence of a Personal Voice or Vision.

The Scholastic Awards place a high priority on work that challenges boundaries and can communicate new and interesting ideas.  A noteworthy roster of artists and writers earned Scholastic Awards as teenagers including: Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, and many more.

Visit this exhibit to experience more than 100 works by 7th – 12th graders from a twenty-three county area in South Central Kentucky.  Representing amazing talent and vision, these students leave you appreciating their work, and in many cases challenging your thoughts and opinions.