Barton Hosts The Scholastic Art Awards For Eastern/Central N.C. Region

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WILSON, N.C. — January 27, 2015 — Barton College will welcome students from across the state to celebrate their creativity at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1. This marks the 37th year that Barton College has 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 Susan W. Kluttz, secretary of cultural resources for the state of North Carolina.

Following a reception for Gold Key and Silver Key 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 award recipients beginning at 2 p.m. The ceremony is open to student Gold Key and Silver Key recipients, their families, and North Carolina arts teachers and principals. The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be available for public viewing in the Barton Art Galleries beginning Feb. 1.

On January 5, 2013, Kluttz took the oath of office, becoming the eighth secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. She brought to the position keen interests in historic preservation and the arts, along with commitments to bolster economic development and education.

Secretary Kluttz brings a wealth of leadership experience to the Department of Cultural Resources. From 1997 until 2011, she was mayor of Salisbury, after years of volunteer work in many areas, including serving as president of the Rowan Arts Council and as a board member of the Waterworks Visual Arts Center. She also was personally involved in Salisbury’s historic preservation and downtown revitalization for more than 30 years. As mayor, she oversaw initiatives that developed the city’s cultural arts plan, reorganized the Arts Council, and created a master tourism plan.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Secretary Kluttz has served on her alma mater’s board of visitors. She was a trustee of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, was honored with an endowed scholarship in her name at Catawba College, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Livingstone College.

Secretary Kluttz is married to District Court Judge William C. Kluttz, Jr. Their family includes son Commander William C. Kluttz III and wife MacLean Clinard Kluttz of Norfolk, Va.; daughter Susan Kluttz Smith and husband William H. Smith of Greensboro; and grandson William C. Kluttz, IV.

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.

Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at 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. Jane Austen Behan of the Scholastic Art Awards Regional Teacher Advisory Committee will present special awards to student recipients.

The Scholastic Art Awards entries for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region are reviewed by professional art jurors at Barton College during the first week of January. This year, there were 2,657 entries and an additional 91 portfolios from approximately 147 schools presented for judging. Students submitted artwork in a variety of categories, including: architecture, comic art, ceramics & glass, digital art, product design, drawing, fashion, film & animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video games, and art portfolio. Jurors are charged to select entries that they consider especially worthy of recognition.

The Eastern/Central North Carolina Region has an advisory committee composed of nine art teachers. This year, the exhibition selection jury was composed of college professors, retired public school art teachers, and professional artists.

Two hundred and eighty-eight artworks were selected as Gold Key awards for the exhibition as well as seven Gold Key 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 Parsons School of Design and the Pratt Institute. Also sent to New York will be the works of five American Vision Award (Best of Show) nominees, including: Addison Casey, grade 12, Eugene Ashley High School; Seth Brown, grade 12, Ravenscroft School; Tatum Tucker, grade 9, Reynolds High School; Ashlyn Lund, grade 12, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (twice nominated).

There were also 336 Silver Key Awards and 23 Silver Key portfolios chosen from the entries submitted. These artworks will be displayed at the Barton Galleries. One hundred and eighty-five Honorable Mention Awards were chosen, and the artwork of these award recipients is available on the Barton Art Galleries’ web site at

From the Gold Key artworks, the jury also selected works for additional regional awards to be presented at the ceremony including The Wilson Times Award to Rachel Marzluf, grade 12, Northside High School; The North Carolina Art Education Association Award to Morgan Barbre, grade 12, Arendell Parrott Academy; The North Carolina Governor’s Student Excellence Award to Sarah Fountain, grade 11, Arendell Parrott Academy; The Emerging Vision Award to Victoria Ding, grade 8, Davis Drive Middle School; Jurors’ Choice Portfolio to Molly Mir, grade 12, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; the Edward C. Brown Award, which honors the long-time director of the Barton Scholastics Program, to Carly Godwin, grade 11, South Columbus High School; and the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Recycled Materials Award to AnnaGrace Waller, grade 12, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Blick Art Materials donated a $150 merchandise voucher for classroom materials, given to Andrea Croom of Davis Drive Middle School, teacher of the Emerging Vision Award recipient. Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh donated a $200 gift certificate awarded to Molly Mir, recipient of the Jurors’ Choice Portfolio Award.

The exhibition of Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will run from Feb. 1 – Feb. 20 in the Barton Art Galleries located in Case Art Building. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and by special appointment.

For additional information, please contact the Barton Art Galleries at (252) 399-6477, or Mark Gordon at (252) 399-6474 or


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