The Averill Park Art Department is proud to announce that three Scholastics Art and Writing “Key” awards were presented to participating art students this year in Perci Denley, Emma Hanlon, and Carley Walsh.
In 2022 more than 330,000 works were submitted nationwide to the Scholastics Art and Writing Competition. Since 1923 the Scholastic Awards have recognized some of America’s most celebrated artists when they were teenagers, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Amanda Gorman, Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol. Each work of art and writing is blindly adjudicated, first locally through the more than 100 affiliates of the Alliance, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators and industry experts. Works are judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
“Key” recipients will be re-evaluated on March 22 to determine whether or not they will be awarded a Gold or Silver Medal and may be displayed in regional, national, and traveling exhibitions. Students will also be eligible for additional art scholarships to many of the top art schools in our country. Less than one percent of participating students are recognized as Gold or Silver Key award winners.
Perci Denley’s drawing titled, “Copperhead” earned a Gold Key and will be adjudicated for a second time by a panel of creative professionals in New York City on March 22nd. Gold Key entries are among less than .001% of applicants nationwide and are automatically considered for national awards, including Gold Medal, Silver Medal with Distinction, Silver Medal, and scholarship awards. Gold Medal recipients will be displayed in our nation’s capital.