By Lori Kimbrough Wun
Allendale Columbia students Ava Gouvernet ’20 and Gabe Rosen ’19 received coveted Gold Key Awards in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, with four additional students also getting awards.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is one of the country’s longest running and largest juried art exhibitions for visual art students in grades 7-12. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past award winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, Ken Burns, and Joyce Carol Oates.
This year, selected AC student artists were entered in a sizable, northeast “Region-At-Large” category. Entries are judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision. From thousands of entries in the “Region-At-Large,” in the 9th-12th grade category, six AC students were selected for awards.
Gold Key Awards, for “the very best works submitted to local programs,” went to Ava Gouvernet ’20 for Animation with her “Pip and the Big Red Ball” entry and to Gabe Rosen ’19 for “Silhouettes” in the Printmaking category. Their works will move on to national judging in New York City. National Medalists will be announced on March 13th, 2019.
Misha Zain ’19 won a Silver Key Award (“stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability”) for Photography with her “Raven” photo.
David Kennedy ’22 (“Dancing in a Geometry”) for Digital Art and Matt Duver ’20 (“Gerhard”) and Ella Prokupets ’22 (“Doors”) for Photography all received Honorable Mention (“accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential”).
Gold and Silver Key winners are also eligible to apply for The Scholastic Awards Summer (SAS) Scholarship Program to attend summer art or writing programs on a full-tuition scholarship at partner programs all across the country.
Lori WunLori has 18 years of experience as an educator and has been an art teacher at AC for 14 of those years. She has taught grades 9-12, elementary, and middle school students, as well as university undergraduates. Lori is a practicing artist with bachelor's degrees in fine arts and art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the College of William and Mary, where she focused on drawing, painting, and modern art history. She earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she concentrated on photography and video.
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