Thursday February 21, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center hosts an exhibit of the 2013 Vermont winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Award-winning submissions will be displayed in the museum’s Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Gallery through March 2, during regular museum hours. An Awards Ceremony, featuring keynote speaker and syndicated cartoonist Hilary Price, will take place Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebrate their 90th year of recognizing teens in arts and literature. Each year, students in grades 7-12 submit original written and artistic 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. Judges select the most outstanding (Gold Key) and high honors (Silver Key) award winners, and an esteemed panel of jurors selects the best of the five American Voices & Visions Nominees from each region to receive national recognition.

As the Vermont Affiliate for this prestigious program, BMAC takes great pride in showcasing the work of aspiring young artists from around the state. The exhibit features drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, fashion design and other mixed media from southern, central and northern Vermont. All Vermont Gold Key art and writing proceeds automatically to national judging.


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National Awards will be announced on March 15.

BMAC will also host the official Awards Ceremony for state winners at the exhibits closing on March 2. Students and teachers from as far north as Burlington and St. Johnsbury are expected to attend the ceremony in Brattleboro, featuring a keynote address by Hilary Price, creator of the syndicated comic strip "Rhymes with Orange."

More information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, including a complete list of Vermont award-winners can be found at: www.brattleboromuseum.org/education/artandwritingawards-vermont.

BMAC’s role as Vermont affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is supported by the Amy E. Tarrant Foundation and New Chapter. Cabot Cheese is an in-kind supporter of the Awards Ceremony on March 2.

The museum’s exhibits and gift shop are open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 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. Call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.