Growth in Spring

Gold Key recipient: Brianna LaRue, Growth in Spring, Illustration, East Henderson High School.

The Asheville Art Museum has announced the regional award recipients of the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The Asheville Art Museum and the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are the Western North Carolina (WNC) regional affiliates of the National Scholastic Art Awards. This ongoing community partnership has supported the creative talents of our region’s youth for 40 years. The WNC regional program is open to students in grades 7–12 across 20 counties.

The regional program is judged in two groups: Group I, grades 7–8 and Group II, grades 9–12. Out of 753 total art entries, 182 works have been recognized by the judges and gold and silver key awards are featured in this exhibition. The 2020 regional judges are: Daniel Abide, Sara Sanders, and Gregory McPherson. The judges carefully viewed each entry then selected Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention award recipients across all media. Those works receiving Gold Keys have been submitted to compete in the 97th Annual National Scholastic Art Awards Program in New York City. Of the Gold Key Award recipients, five students have also been nominated for American Visions, indicating their work is the Best in Show of the regional awards. One of these American Visions nominees will receive an American Visions Medal at the 2020 National Scholastic Art Awards. Award winners include students from public, private, homeschools, and charter schools in Buncombe, Henderson, Burke, Madison, Transylvania, Rutherford, and Cherokee counties.

All regional award recipients will be honored at a ceremony on Sunday, February 9, 1:30pm at the Wortham Center for Performing Arts with a reception immediately following at the Museum.

Works will be on view in the Multipurpose Space and Blossman Companies Education Gallery February 1 — March 9.

Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students and include a distinguished list of alumni including Andy Warhol, who received recognition in the Awards when he was a teen.

National Gold Medalists will be announced in March 2020 and will be honored during a special awards ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 4, 2020.

For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic News Room:

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