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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Event Information

  • Date & Time: Friday-Monday, Jan. 30-March 27, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: Primrose Gallery
  • Admission: Free for members or with paid general admission
  • RSVP: No reservations required.

Now in its 99th year, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a national competition for middle and high school students. Since its inception, more than 13 million young people have participated in this program, which has given early recognition to such notables as Andy Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, Kay Walkingstick, Steven King, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham.

As the Southern Nevada Regional Affiliate, the Springs Preserve manages the program locally. Students can receive Honorable Mention, Silver Key or Gold Key awards in multiple categories and the highest scoring Gold Key pieces are considered for the local American Visions (art) or American Voices (writing awards), acting as a Best-In-Show award (there are five nominees in both art and writing, with the final award announced in March). Students who win awards are eligible for a number of cash scholarships at the national level. This year the Preserve received a record number 1,557 entries. Winning art and writing pieces were invited to be on exhibit in the Primrose Gallery at the Preserve through March 27, 2022.

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Note: Some of the pieces in the show are for mature audiences. Parental guidance is suggested.

This exhibit is supported by the generous contribution of the Wynn Employee Foundation

American Voices writing nominees

American Visions art nominees

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program is administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to identify, motivate and validate the next generation of artists and writers. Submission fees for Southern Nevada students in need were covered by the Wynn Employee Foundation Community Grant.

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