Regional Jury Selection Procedure

Students submit artwork in a variety of categories including architecture, comic art, ceramics and glass, digital art, product design, drawing, fashion, film and animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video games, and art portfolio.

The six jurors typically include museum curators, college and university professors, working artists, and retired public school art teachers. Prior to arrival in Wilson for the two-day jury process, these professionals are provided with literature to familiarize them with the history and goals of the Scholastic Art Awards program. Entries are classified according to media, and artworks by students in grades 9 to 12 are judged separately from those submitted from grades 7 to 8. The jurors invariably favor originality, good craftsmanship, successful design, and artistic voice.

Digital images of the Gold Key artworks will be sent for consideration in the national awards jury process, and national award-winning artworks are shipped to New York for the national exhibition.

Gold Key and Silver Key artworks are installed in the Virginia Thompson Graves and the Lula E. Rackley Galleries, Case Art Building, on the Barton College campus. Awardees and their families, teachers, and principals attend the Regional Awards Ceremony held annually in January or February in Wilson Gymnasium on the college campus.

From the Gold Key artworks, the jury selects five American Vision Award Nominees, The North Carolina Art Education Association Award, The Wilson Times Award, the Governor’s Student Achievement Award, the Jurors’ Choice Portfolio Award, the Emerging Vision Award, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Recycled Materials Award, and the Edward C. Brown Award.

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