KCAD Shines Spotlight on Emerging Young Creatives in 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is proud to play host to the regional level of this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a storied national competition that has celebrated the vision, ingenuity, and creative talent of our nation’s youth since its founding in 1923.
Throughout its illustrious history, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards has counted such luminaries as artist Andy Warhol, writer Sylvia Plath, actress Lena Dunham, and filmmaker Richard Linklater among its award winners. Teens in grades 7-12 attending public, private, or home schools can enter the competition in their region by submitting original work in a number of different mediums, including writing, drawing, illustration, sculpture, and photography, among others.
As host of the competition’s Western Central Michigan Region, KCAD received 2162 entries across all art and writing categories from 93 schools. This was the first year that writing submissions from the region were accepted. A total of 635 awards – 149 Gold Key, 186 Silver Key, and 300 Honorable Mention – were given to art entries, while a total of 214 awards – 30 Gold Key, 76 Silver Key, and 108 Honorable Mention – were given to writing entries.
Entries that received Gold Key awards at the regional level will advance to the national level to compete for awards and scholarship funding. Thirteen students from the West Central Michigan Region received national recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Ten Gold Key winning entries – five art and five writing – from this year’s regional competition were also nominated for an American Visions Award and an American Voices Award, respectively, as the region’s “Best in Show.” One American Visions Award/American Voices Award nominee from each regional competition will be given an American Visions and Voices Award at the national level.
The Western Central Michigan Region American Visions Award nominees are as follows:
- Anna Ha, Byron Center West Middle School
"A Fading Dream" by Anna Ha
- Courtney Johnson, Holland Christian High School
"Filter" by Courtney Johnson
- Mikayla Wenzel, Heritage High School
"The Ponderer" by Mikayla Wenzel
- Samantha Thiele, Interlochen Arts Academy
"The Woman" by Samantha Thiele
- Shira Karni, Byron Center High School
"The Woman" by Shira Karni
The Western Central Michigan Region American Voices nominees are as follows:
- Alexa Curnutte, Interlochen Arts Academy
- Lizzy Lemieux, Interlochen Arts Academy (four pieces nominated)
A complete list of the region’s art award winners can be viewed here.
A complete list of the region’s writing award winners can be viewed here.
“KCAD is privileged to be a part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and its mission to inspire and guide the next generation of artists and writers,” said KCAD President Leslie Bellavance. “Whatever form it may take, art requires a high level of discipline and commitment in order to develop an authentic expression that engages and informs others. This year’s exhibition is proof of the incredible creative talent that’s being cultivated in our region through the hard work and dedication of students, educators, and parents, and KCAD is proud to help honor and celebrate their accomplishments.”
An exhibition of the region’s award winning work is on display in the Helen Miller Gallery inside KCAD’s 17 Fountain St. NW building through March 5. A selection of Gold Key winning work chosen by KCAD Curator of Exhibitions Michele Bosak is also currently on display in The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, 17 Pearl St. NW, through March 5.
The exhibitions will culminate with an awards ceremony honoring all of the region’s winners on Saturday, March 5 from 4-5pm at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. A closing reception will be held at KCAD immediately following the ceremony. All events are free and open to the public.
This fall, KCAD will also be hosting Art.Write.Now, a national traveling exhibition showcasing a selection of inspiring and innovative work from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The exhibition will be housed in KCAD’s Helen Miller and Pace Galleries, both located in the college’s 17 Fountain St. NW building, and will run from September 20 – October 14, 2016.
For more information on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit artandwriting.org.