WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will welcome students from across the state to celebrate their creativity at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, January 24.  This marks the 32nd year that Barton College as served as host and regional sponsor for the National Scholastic Art Awards for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region. The featured speaker for the awards ceremony is Kat Hendrix, senior manager of the Affiliate Network of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the national not-for-profit organization that presents The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Following an ice cream social for awardees and their families in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, there will be an awards presentation for the Gold Key recipients beginning at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony is open to student Gold Key Award recipients, their families, and N.C. arts teachers and principals.  The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be available for public viewing in the Barton Museum beginning Jan. 25.

The program’s guest speaker, Kat Hendrix works with a national network of organizations, including museums, school systems, universities, nonprofit organizations, and teacher associations across the country that run the local awards programs.  This includes collaborating with dozens of organizations, both local and national, to expand opportunities for students in grades 7 – 12 to participate in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  In addition to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and German, she also completed a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University School of Law.  During her studies, Hendrix spent several years abroad, including a one-year intensive German language course at the University of Trier and several internships related to human rights activism in Eastern and Western Europe, including the United Nations in Geneva.  She was employed within the legal profession prior to her transition to nonprofit arts management.  Now, she implements her passion for supporting young people in finding, expressing, and being rewarded for their creative vision and voice.

Entries from all 50 states are submitted for competition in the nationally renowned Scholastic Art Awards program. The program, created for middle and high school students, is designed to encourage student achievement, to recognize and applaud our fine art teachers and to emphasize the importance of the visual arts in the school curriculum.  Barton College is proud to host the Eastern/Central Regional District in North Carolina, representing 62 counties from the piedmont to the coast.

Contributors to the program include the Visual Arts Department of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Stan Corbett of Corbett Reproductions, Framer’s Alley of Elm City, and the Office of Enrollment Management at Barton College.

Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College, and Mark F. Gordon, director of The Eastern/Central North Carolina Region of The Scholastic Art Awards Program, will bring brief remarks during the program. Amy Boyd, chair of The Eastern/Central North Carolina Region of The Scholastic Art Awards Advisory Committee, will present the awards to the student recipients.

The Scholastic Art Awards entries for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region are received at Barton College during the first week of January.  This year, approximately 1,875 artwork entries and an additional 90 portfolios were presented for judging. Students, through their teachers, submitted artwork in a variety of categories, including: architecture, comic art, ceramic & glass, digital art, product design, drawing, fashion, film & animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video games, art portfolio, and photography portfolio.  Jurors are charged to select entries that they deem especially worthy of recognition.

The Eastern/Central North Carolina Region has an advisory committee composed of eleven art teachers.  This year the exhibition selection jury was composed of teachers, gallery directors and professional artists.

Two hundred and two pieces were selected as Gold Key Awards for the exhibition as well as 15 portfolios. Digital images of these finalist art works will be sent to New York City for judging against other regional winners for the national exhibition held in June at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.  Also sent to New York will be the works of five American Vision Award (Best of Show) nominees, including: Katie Tolley, grade 12, Durham School of the Arts, Anna Lynch, grade 12, Whiteville High School, Matthew Schmitz, grade 12, Durham School of the Arts, William Brooks Anderson, grade 12, West Forsyth High School, and Ola Wienclawska, grade 10, R.J. Reynolds High School.

There also were 190 Silver Key Awards chosen from the individual entries submitted as well as 25 portfolios.  A list of award recipients is available on the Barton Art Galleries’ web site at http://www.barton.edu/galleries/scholastics.htm.

From the Gold Key artworks, the jury also selected works for additional regional awards to be presented at the ceremony including the Barton College Award to Layden Gellatly, grade 11, North Lenoir High School; “The Wilson Times” Award to William Brooks Anderson, grade 12, West Forsyth High School; the North Carolina Art Education Association Award to Anahi Gomez, grade 8, Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School; the Governor’s Student Achievement Award to Elizabeth Spaulding, grade 12, Whiteville High School; the Emerging Vision Award to Celesta Hauser, grade 8, Clemmons Middle School; and the Edward C. Brown Award, which honors the long-time director of the Barton Scholastics Program, to Simone Simpson, grade 10, Durham School of the Arts.

The exhibition will run from Jan. 25 – Feb. 19 in the Barton Art Galleries located in Case Art Building.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  For additional information, please contact Mark Gordon, at 252-399-6474 or the Barton Art Galleries at 252-399-6477.

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Questions?  Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.

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