Arts Academy students win national Scholastic Art and Writing awards

Interlochen Arts Academy students from two majors have been honored at the national level with 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Interlochen students received a total of 39 awards, including 12 Gold Medals, 15 Silver Medals, two Future New awards and two American Voices and Visions Awards. These 22 national recipients came from a pool of 61 regional Gold Key winners announced earlier this year.

Senior visual artist Alia Bringas-Brand won a Gold Medal for her portfolio, “Ephemeral Works.” Entrants in the portfolio category submit a series of eight works that communicate a single cohesive idea. The category is open to graduating seniors only. The Gold Medal Portfolio is given to only 16 students: eight creative writers and eight visual artists. The award comes with a $10,000 scholarship and special recognition.

Two students received the American Voices and Visions Award: creative writer Sophie Paquette and visual artist Taetyn Panagos. The American Voices and Visions Award is given to one writer and one visual artist from each region. With both Panagos and Paquette receiving awards, Interlochen received both American Voices and Visions Awards for the West Central Michigan region. Panagos received the visual arts award for her film, “so this is what happened.” Paquette received the writing award for her flash fiction work, “Origin Story.”

Genevieve Harding and Sofia Fraccarolli received awards in the Future New category. The Future New category is for works that challenge the boundaries of existing Scholastic Art and Writing categories and that address the issues and concerns of our era. Fraccarolli also won a second Gold Medal and two Silver Medals in addition to her Future New medal.

Five other students also received Gold Medals for their work: creative writer Helena Notario and visual artists Sean Chang, Yimei Du, Maud Negreiff and Ji Hu Park. An additional 13 students from the two divisions won Silver Medals.

National medalists will be recognized at a national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York, and selected works will be exhibited in the Art.Write.Now exhibition.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were founded in 1923 to recognize the vision, ingenuity and talent of America’s youth. The awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization that seeks to identify talented artists and writers and share their works with the world. The 29 award categories are open to students in grades 7-12 from public, private or home schools across the United States.