About the Scholastic Art Awards

Scholastic Art and Writing AwardsThe Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1944 to build a network of support for aspiring young American artists and writers through the distinguished Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers celebrates the critical role of creative development over the course of a student’s education. The Alliance broadly encourages artistic growth by providing inspiration for the next generation of artists and writers, a place for exploration and experimentation, a vehicle for recognition and scholarships, and entrée into the larger arts community.

The Scholastic Art Awards, Inc., with the cooperation of civic-minded sponsors, is conducting for the 93rd year a visual art awards program for middle and high school students. All 50 states participate in this program, the most respected and prestigious of its kind in our country.

The Awards have encouraged more than 12 million student participants, recognized more than two million young artists and writers, and distributed more than $30 million in awards and scholarships. Local and national exhibitions and annual catalogs serve as a record of student achievement since the late 1920s, chronicling early work from some of our nation’s most accomplished artists and writers including Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, Frances Farmer, Joyce Maynard, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, and Andy Warhol.

The Scholastic Art Awards program aims to encourage student achievement, to recognize our fine art teachers, and to emphasize the importance of the visual arts in the school curriculum. North Carolina, with a rich tradition as the State of the Arts, has three regional districts. The Eastern/Central regional district includes 62 counties from Winston-Salem to the Coast. Barton College has hosted The Awards since 1979, and students from our Eastern/Central North Carolina region create strong, innovative, original art – a reflection on the talent of our region’s young artists and the high quality of instruction by our art teachers.

Each year, students from across the nation submit their creative works to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In the 2016 program year, a record-breaking 320,000 works were submitted for adjudication at the regional level, with nearly 50,000 public, private and home-schooled students receiving regional recognition. Of these students, more than 18,000 works received Gold Keys and advanced to national adjudication.

Select work receiving national recognition is included in our National Exhibition, which featured 600 inspiring pieces of art, as well as writing works featured on iPads. In addition to this honor, many students are offered college scholarships, with opportunities expanding each year. The extra educator effort and support that the Scholastic Art Awards program demands is considerable, and we commend our regional educators for their dedication and professionalism.

Sponsored Territory

The counties of Alamance, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Montgomery, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Sampson, Scotland, Stokes, Tyrell, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson.

Advisory Committee

The Eastern/Central North Carolina Region of The Scholastic Art Awards Advisory Committee of art teachers reviews regional exhibition procedures, makes suggestions for growth and improvement in the regional program, and nominates a six-member jury of professionals who view all entries.

  • Jodi Aker, Broughton High School
  • Jane Austen Behan, Arts Education Director, Pitt County Schools
  • Penny Freeland, Visual Arts Lead Teacher, Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools
  • Ronnie Harrrison, D. H. Conley High School
  • Debra Pylypiw, White Oak High School
  • Jeannette M. Stevenson, Rolesville High School
  • Stephanie Soper, Providence Grove High School
  • Jane Sibley-Hager, Randleman High School
  • Claire Vinick, Currituck County High School