By TRAVIS HANDY
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (FACNRV), as sponsors of the Southwest Virginia Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, proudly announced the winners in the 2013 program.
According to their recent announcement, FACNRV received 719 pieces of work from around the region for judging. Judging took place Saturday, Jan. 19. The center was sponsor for the counties of Pulaski, Smyth, Giles, Grayson, Bland, Carroll, Craig, Montgomery, Patrick, Roanoke, Wythe and the cities of Radford, Martinsville and Bristol.
The team of judges awarded five American Vision nominees, selected out of all Gold Key works across categories as the “Best of Show” for each region. The judges also named 100 Gold Key winners, 78 Silver Key winners, and made 75 honorable mentions. Gold Key pieces are submitted to compete nationally for gold and silver medals, cash awards and scholarships. Judging will be completed by late February and winners will be announced in mid-March.
The pieces are currently on display at the Fine Arts Center’s gallery at 21 W. Main St., Pulaski. Awarding of certificates and pins will be Sunday, Feb. 17 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Every year, program materials are made available to every public, private and parochial school, grades seven through 12, in the U.S. More than 250,000 entries are submitted to a network of regional sponsors who screen the entries and conduct local exhibitions, readings and award ceremonies to honor more than 50,000 young artists and writers in local communities.
The most outstanding submissions are forwarded to New York City for national judging. More than 15,000 artworks and 12,000 manuscripts are evaluated by panels of distinguished artists, writers, editors and educators to select the 1,100 national award recipients.
The awards are the largest, longest-running and most generous recognition program of their kind in the country, established by M.R. Robinson, founder of children’s publishing and media company, Scholastic Inc., in 1923. The mission of the program is “to encourage, foster and reward creativity in our nation’s classrooms.
The center’s press release said “(FACNRV’s) board of directors and staff are very proud to be the regional sponsor for the Scholastic Art Awards for 2013. We are extremely proud to be sending 100 pieces on to the national competition.
Middle schools with winning entries include Cave Spring, Glenvar and Hidden Valley Middle Schools. High Schools represented in the winning entries were Blacksburg High School, Burton Center for Arts and Technology, Cave Spring High, Chilhowie High School, Glenvar High School, Hidden Valley High School, Marion Senior High, Northside High, Patrick Henry High, Pulaski County High and William Byrd High. This year’s five American Visions nominees are from Blacksburg High School, Burton Center for Arts and Technology and Marion Senior High.
Pulaski County High School sophomore Austin Grayson received an honorable mention for his mixed media work entitled “Skyline.” The top performing school in the program, Blacksburg High School, had 41 Gold Key winners, 25 Silver Key winners and 25 honorable mentions.