BRATTLEBORO -- The 2014 national winners of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been announced, and four Vermont students are recipients of Gold, Silver and American Visions & Voices Medals. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is the Vermont affiliate for the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which presents the prestigious national awards.
Vermont's National Award winners for art are Jack Fagnant, grade 8, Browns River Middle School (Jericho), Gold Medal and American Visions Award in Film & Animation; Lucy Leith, grade 12, Burlington Senior High School (Burlington), Silver Medal for Art Portfolio in Fashion; and Phebe Macrae Corcoran, grade 11, The Putney School (Putney), Silver Medal in Printmaking. Quinn Bornstein, grade 12, St. Johnsbury Academy (St. Johnsbury), received an American Voices Medal for Writing in the Short Story category.
These students are among approximately 1,800 National Award winners, whose works were chosen from more than 16,000 works juried at the national level. A panel of distinguished jurors, including Andres Serrano (artist), Edwidge Danticat (writer), Michael Raisler (producer), Kay WalkingStick (artist), Jane Cohan (gallery owner), David Krasnow (senior editor, "Studio 360"), Alison Elizabeth Taylor (artist) and Steven Savage (illustrator), judged the works on originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal vision or voice.
Along with the national medals come scholarship opportunities, exhibition and publication of the winning students' work and a special awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 6, which will be webcast live. Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, said, "The founder of the Awards, M. R. Robinson ... dreamed of a day when teenagers who are creative would receive the same kind of accolades as teenagers who are athletic. The Awards strive to do that every year by recognizing talented teens, first in their local communities and then on a national stage."
This year, a record 255,000-plus works in 28 categories were submitted by students in grades 7-12, from 47 states, the District of Columbia and American schools abroad. The 2014 winners join the program's celebrated alumni, including filmmaker Ken Burns, writers Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates and Joyce Maynard, fashion designer Zac Posen, photographer Richard Avedon, artists Red Grooms and Andy Warhol, and many more.
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, founded in 1972, 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 historic 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.