Visual arts in the Scholastic awards

January 28, 2016

Interlochen visual artists make big impression at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Interlochen Arts Academy visual arts students earned numerous honors at the recent midwest regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Visual arts students won 42 Gold Key awards, 32 Silver Key awards, and 38 honorable mentions—and one young artist was singled out for the prestigious American Vision Award.

One Gold Key-winning work from the regional competition was nominated for an American Vision Award as the Western Central Michigan Region's "Best in Show." Only five works are selected from all the Gold Key works as the “Best in Show” for the entire region; Samantha Thiele’s photo “The Woman” will be in competition for the American Visions and Voices Award at the national level.

Gold Key awards are the highest level of achievement on the regional level. Approximately 7-10 percent of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition. Ten to 15 percent are recognized with Silver Key awards, and honorable mentions recognize students with artistic potential. Only 15-20 percent of all regional submissions receive honorable mention awards.

“We are honored to be recognized with so many regional Scholastic awards again this year,” said Mindy Zacher Ronayne, director of Visual Arts at Interlochen. “Our students put a tremendous amount of work into their pieces. These awards help to motivate our students to continue working hard and to get their artwork out in public through other competitions and exhibitions.”

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of the nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. The Awards are presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarship.

Interlochen Arts Academy is very proud of all of these award-winning students, and congratulates them.