Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Post By: The SKyPAC
Date: February 12, 2018

Scholastic Art & Writing South Central Kentucky Regional Affiliate

Students Announced as 2018 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award Recipients
Over 100 Young Artists and Writers Recognized by SKyPAC for their Original WorksBowling Green, KY— February 9, 2018— SKyPAC has announced the regional award recipients of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Presented by the nonprofit organization the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the 95th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. This program year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted to more than 100 Affiliate Partners across the country. Seventy creative teens from the south central Kentucky region received regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices nominations, from SKyPAC with the help of professional artist and writing adjudicators. Please visit the SKyPAC galleries to see all of the awarded artworks.

In celebration of this year’s regional recipients a reception and awards ceremony will be held at SKyPAC on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with awards beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m. SKyPAC is located at 601 College Street in Bowling green, KY. Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, and Sylvia Plath. More recently, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens.

For Gold Key works of art and writing in the Awards’ 29 categories, including architecture,painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, video game design, and more, the opportunities for recognition will continue when the works are adjudicated again on a national level by a panel of leading creative professionals. National Gold Medalists will be announced on March 13th, 2018, and will be honored during a special awards ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2018. All National Medalists are eligible for a wealth of additional opportunities such as inclusion in the Art.Write.Now.Tour traveling exhibition and The Best Teen Writing anthology. National Medalist poets are considered for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.

A complete list of 2018 regional Gold Key Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients is available online at

Every year, SKyPAC has the opportunity to recognize the exceptional work of students from seventh to twelfth grade in almost 30 categories of art and writing. Young artists from throughout the south central region of Kentucky have their artworks adjudicated, with the top winners earning a spot in a gallery at SKyPAC. This year, SKyPAC received almost 600 individual entries and awarding a total of 25 Gold Keys and 36 Silver Keys and 61 Honorable Mentions for outstanding work including 6 American Voices nominees. All awarded works are on display at SKyPAC throughout the month of February and March. SKyPAC is proud to be the South Central Regional affiliate for these very special art and writing awards.

“We have an amazing network of Affiliate Partners who bring the program to life by recognizing and encouraging creative teens across America,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “Over the course of the program’s nearly centurylong history, we’ve learned that this recognition can be life changing. For many creative teens, their regional Scholastic Award leads to recognition at the national level, where opportunities for exhibition, publication, and millions of dollars in scholarships await those who receive top honors.”

SKyPAC and its board generously sponsor the exhibition and awards ceremony and thank all of the students and educators who work hard to be part of it each year.

The Alliance is grateful for its generous sponsors, who provide funds to support and produce the Scholastic Awards at the national level: Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., The New York Times, the New York Life Foundation, The Herb Block Foundation, Blick Art Materials & Utrect Art Supplies, Golden Artist Colors, Garcia Family Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the ESA Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Circle, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Amazon Literary Partnership; numerous other individual,foundation, and corporate funders; and, for the National Student Poets Program, the Institute of
Museum and Library Services, the Poetry Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets.

For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic News Room: