2018 Scholastic Art Awards of Western North Carolina

Monday, March 5, 2018

by Sadie Allen

On Sunday, February 25, The Asheville Art Museum sponsored a ceremony celebrating the recipients of Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards, an annual competition recognizing some of the best of our region’s young, local artists. This program has been in place since 1923 and is open to artists grades 7 through 12 from counties across Western North Carolina.

The competition had over 730 entries from 36 schools across the Western North Carolina region, with 256 being recognized with awards. There were three categories of recognition: Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention. The works that won a Gold Key will have the chance to participate on the national level for the National Scholastic Art Awards. I was amazed at the talent evident in all of the pieces. Each artist had an interesting style unique to them. I talked to Ethan Park, a 7th grader who won a Gold Key for his piece The Next Supper. He said that having ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) often leads to interesting ideas for his art, including The Next Supper. My mom and I both loved how fun his piece was!

I also adored the piece Six Yards of White Silk Transformed into a Hand-Painted Dragon Couture Gown, a dress made by Genevieve Beatty. She won a Gold Key and is an American Visions Nominee for this piece, giving her the chance to win a National American Visions Medal. The Carolina Day School sophomore told me that her mother was the inspiration for her award-winning dress. While she had been painter her whole life, she had never considered transferring it into the fashion realm until her mother, a seamstress, suggested painting on silk. The result was breathtaking. The dress is covered with intricate patterns and details, making it one of my favorites from the show.