Sunday, Feb. 23 marked the 17th annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony hosted by the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (FACNRV) and incorporated a reception in the gallery, an award ceremony featuring prestigious guests including State Senator Phillip Puckett and world-renowned Virginia-based artist P. Buckley Moss.
Moss was the keynote speaker for the event and shared words of wisdom and inspiration with the honored students from across the region. An alumna of New York’s prestigious Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Moss is a formally educated and accomplished artist highly regarded with works in over 200 galleries across the world. She devotes much of her time and efforts to helping others. Donations of her art have raised over $4 million for charities. The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is devoted to promoting art in the classroom, especially as a means of teaching those with learning differences.
FACNRV 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. Among the students honored were two from Pulaski County High School, Martha Hemingway and Thomas Stamper, who both received Silver Key Awards for their submissions. The award winning work is exhibited at the FACNRV at 21 West Main Street, Pulaski, Virginia.
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.