2015 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards

January 24 - March 8, 2015

The Asheville Art Museum and the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects are the Western North Carolina Regional Affiliates of the Scholastic Art Awards. This ongoing community partnership has supported the creative talents of our region’s youth for 35 years. The Western North Carolina Regional program is open to students in grades 7-12 across 20 counties.  The regional program is judged in two groups: Group I, grades 7-8 and Group II, grades 9-12. We received nearly 800 entries from students across our region. The 2015 Regional Judges are: Bill Byers, Carol Bomer and Court McCracken. The judges carefully viewed each entry then selected Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention award recipients in a variety of media. Out of all the entries, 123 works have been recognized by the judges and are featured in this exhibition. Those works receiving Gold Key Awards will be sent to compete in the 92nd Annual National Scholastic Art Awards Program in New York City.

View Gold Key Award winning artwork.

Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the students who received awards at the February 15 Awards Ceremony at the Diana Wortham Theatre! We extend a sincere thank you to the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects, our docents and our staff for their support and assistance in making the exhibition and ceremony a huge success. We also applaud the dedicated art teachers who guide these talented students and help them thrive.

In his welcome remarks, NC House Representative John Ager said, “…exploring the arts is a pathway to develop skills and tap into deeply spiritual emotions that will carry [students] throughout their lives. It is the marker of a well-rounded education. We are most grateful to our art teachers in North Carolina who succeed despite ongoing challenges to arts education.”

Learn more about the Scholastic Art Awards program on our Education pages.

View selected works in the exhibition »