BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Museum & Art Center hosts an exhibit of work by the 2014 Vermont winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Award-winning submissions will be displayed in the museum’s Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery from Feb. 22 to March 8, during regular museum hours. An Awards Ceremony, featuring artist Eric Aho as guest speaker, will take place Saturday, March 8, at noon, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m.
Since 1923 the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have honored the accomplishments of teens in arts and literature. Each year, students in grades 7-12 submit original artistic and written works for the opportunity to gain national recognition and scholarships. Student art and writing is judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice.
Distinguished regional judges select the outstanding (Gold Key), high honors (Silver Key) and honorable mention award winners. All Gold Key works proceed to national adjudication by a panel of jurors in New York City. National medal awards will be announced March 17 on the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers website.
As the Vermont affiliate for this program, BMAC takes pride in showcasing the work of aspiring young artists from around the state. After receiving 455 artworks from 129 students for consideration this year, the judges selected 10 Gold Key, 22 Silver Key and 41 honorable mention winners. The exhibit features winning artworks in many media, including photography, printmaking, drawing, ceramics and glass, various digital arts, painting, and sculpture, from all regions of Vermont.
BMAC will also host the official Awards Ceremony for state winners at the exhibit’s closing on March 8. Students and teachers from as far north as Burlington and Newport are expected to attend the ceremony in Brattleboro, which will feature an address by Aho, a Vermont painter and one of this year’s regional judges.
BMAC’s role as Vermont affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is supported by the Amy E. Tarrant Foundation, New Chapter and Cabot Cheese Creamery.
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum’s exhibits and gift shop are open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students. Members and children under 6 are admitted free. Located in Union Station at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.