Thursday April 4, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- As the Vermont affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center announces that five Vermont students have been selected as 2013 National Award recipients.

The students are among only 1,600 teens nationwide chosen to receive national medals by a panel of distinguished judges. Works were judged on originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal vision or voice. Teachers of national winners were also recognized with awards.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers. The winning students’ work was selected from an initial pool of more than 230,000 art and writing submissions in 28 categories, including dramatic script, journalism, humor, novel-writing, science-fiction, as well as painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, film and animation, and video game design, among others. The winning teens join a prestigious list of Scholastic Awards alumni including Zac Posen, Lena Dunham, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Robert Redford.

"We’re thrilled that so many more students submitted creative work for the 2013 Awards," says BMAC Education Curator Susan Calabria. "There was a 250 percent increase in art and writing entries from 2012, and the quality and originality of the work was exciting and gratifying to see.


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I hope that more teachers, students and parents become aware of this great opportunity for teens to receive recognition and scholarships. There are many more talented young people in our state, and we would like to see their work at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center for the regional awards and see more go on to represent Vermont at the national level in 2014."

National Award winners for art include: Wood Adamson, Grade 11, St. Johnsbury Academy (St. Johnsbury) -- American Visions Medal; Bo La Jeoung, Grade 12, The Putney School (Putney) -- Silver Medal; Sarafina McLeod, Grade 12, The Putney School (Putney) -- Gold Medal; and Serena Pellerin, Grade 8, The Compass School, (Westminster Station) -- Gold Medal. Abigail Rampone, Grade 12, Fair Haven UHSD #16 (Fair HavenT) received a Gold Medal and American Voices Medal for her poem "Raw, Every Night, Edges."

The three Gold Medal level winners will be honored during the National Celebration on May 31 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The ceremony will be webcast live.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, the Awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious program of its kind, having fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions and publications.

Over the past five years, students have submitted 920,000 works of art and writing, and more than $40 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to winning participants. The Alliance partners with 116 regional affiliates across the country to bring the program to local communities, and works with a network of more than 60 colleges and universities to increase scholarship and award opportunities.

With the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance is a founding partner of the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets, which selects five students exclusively from current Scholastic Art & Writing Award national poetry winners. More information about the Alliance and its programs can be found at www.artandwriting.org.

Founded in 1972, 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, 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 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.

Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Entergy Vermont Yankee, Foard Panel, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, People’s United Bank, Brattleboro Ford Subaru and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.