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FACNRV announces 2014 Scholastic Art Award winners

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (FACNRV) is Southwest Virginia’s Regional Sponsor for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards through the National Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The FACNRV has sponsored the art portion of the award program for 17 years.  Last year, Virginia had three sponsors statewide, while there were less than 100 nationwide.   

The FACNRV’s board of directors and staff are very proud to be the regional sponsor for the Scholastic Art Awards for 2013-2014. The Center will send 61 pieces on to the National Competition. The FACNRV is the sponsor for Pulaski, Smyth, Giles, Grayson, Bland, Carroll, Craig, Montgomery, Patrick, Roanoke and Wythe counties; and the Cities of Radford, Martinsville and Bristol. All schools, grades 7 through 12, from the region submitted artwork to The FACNRV. The Center supports promoting the arts in the schools. Art is very important in the early years. The Center supports programs that help further the educational opportunities for students.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are a powerful tool for building a sense of community, advocating for arts education, and fostering the creativity of emerging local talent. Through the regional program of the Awards, students are encouraged to express themselves through the arts and are rewarded for their creativity. A successful regional program is able to bring the high quality, creative works of secondary school students to a wide audience; to provide teachers and students with the opportunity to see the achievements of students from schools throughout the region; and to highlight the importance of arts education within the community

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the largest, longest running and most generous recognition programs of their kind in the United States.  The Awards were established in 1923 by M.R. Robinson (who also founded Scholastic Inc., now a global children’s publishing and media company) to encourage, foster and reward creativity in our nation’s classrooms.

Throughout their 91-year history, the awards have bestowed early recognition upon some of our nation’s most celebrated artists and writers, including Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Andy Warhol and many others.

Each year, program materials are made available to every public, private and parochial school (grades 7 through 12) in the United States.  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 works of art and writing from each of the regional programs are forwarded to New York City for national judging.  Panels of distinguished artists, writers, editors and educators review more than 15,000 works of art and 12,000 manuscripts to select the 1,100 national award recipients.

Graduating seniors, who submit portfolios of art, photography or writing, compete for an additional $110,000 in cash awards and more than $1,5 million in scholarships offered by fifty prestigious colleges, universities and art institutes.

The national award winners are celebrated each year with a series of high-profile national events.  National award winners, families and teachers are invited to participate in a series of workshops and a collaborative art-making project. A national publication features samples of outstanding student work and includes a complete list of winners; a collection of writing is published with selected works; and all of the national award recipients are honored with a celebrity-studded awards ceremony.

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley received 831 pieces of artwork from around the region for adjudication, regionally. The team of distinguished judges awarded five American Visions Nominees, 61 gold keys, 86 silver keys and 172 honorable mentions. The award winning work is exhibited at the FACNRV at 21 West Main Street, Pulaski, Virginia.

A reception honoring the award winning student artists is Sunday, Feb. 16. The reception portion begins at 1:30 p.m. at the FACNRV. The awarding of certificates and pins begins at 3 p.m. at the Pulaski Theatre, directly across the street from the Center. People are invited to this momentous occasion, as artist Patricia Buckley Moss, also known as P. Buckley Moss, will be the keynote speaker. Moss is known for her portrayals of rural landscapes in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

The gold key pieces compete nationally for gold and silver medals, cash awards and scholarships; adjudication nationally will be complete by late February and winners will be announced and notified in mid March.

Many local high and middle schools had award-winning entries this year. Pulaski County High School was recognized with four Silver Keys and three Honorable Mentions.

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