Eleven students from UNCSA’s high school visual arts program won 35 awards at the 2022 Mid-Carolina Scholastic Art Awards. The students received 11 Gold Keys, 11 Silver Keys, and 13 Honorable Mentions.
The Mid-Carolina Scholastic Art Awards are open to students and educators from 27 counties in central North Carolina and South Carolina. The awards are hosted by the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte.
The gold and silver awards were handed out virtually during the 2022 Gold and Silver Key Ceremony on Saturday, February 12. In addition, the exhibition of gold and silver keys will be mounted on the ee Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, on view from March 13 to April 10, with a closing reception on Sunday, April 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. Gold Key winners move on to national auction. A gallery of selected student work is below:
“Our visual arts program typically produces many winners with multiple wins in this prestigious competition, and this year was no exception,” said Assistant Dean and Director of Visual Arts Will Taylor, who is a professor of drawing at the UNCSA School of Design and Production. . “We have another excellent performance this year, which speaks volumes about the quality and creativity of our students and faculty.
“We are very proud of our winners and all of the students in our program,” added Taylor.
In addition to Taylor, visual arts teachers include Elizabeth Alexander and Kaitlin Botts.
Students across America submitted nearly 340,000 original works last year. Submissions are evaluated in many categories, including design, digital art, mixed media, painting, sculpture, ceramics and glass. Entries are categorized by media and then sorted by grade level. Regional juror panels, made up of museum curators, college and university professors, professional artists, and seasoned K-12 art teachers, evaluate the work through a process blind judgement.
The nation’s oldest and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, was founded in 1923. Notable honorees include artist Andy Warhol, sculptor Luis Jiménez, photographer Richard Avedon, artist Kay WalkingStick, author Stephen King and director Ken Burns.
Knox Barringer, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina:
Golden Key to Drawing and Illustration, “Psychological Portrait”
Ayla Bramblett, Pleasant Garden:
Golden Key for Cinema and Animation, “Clothes and Memorabilia”
Bramblett is also an American Visions nominee, which recognizes the best work in the region. American Vision nominees are included in a nationwide show in New York in June, where one will receive the Best in Show award.
Grace Chen, Charlotte:
Golden key for drawing and illustration, “The world of fairies and all that is small”
Olivier Coria, Charlotte:
Silver keys for Art Portfolio, “Identity Identity”; Drawing & Illustration, “torn together”
Honorable Mention for Photography, “HELLOmynameis”
Kennedy Giovanni, Huntersville:
Golden keys for Cartoon Art, MA/Lqiudi YTE; Drawing & Illustration, “Camille”; Mixed media, “beetlebaby”
Honorable Mention for Art Portfolio, “ENCEPHALON”
Lilian Klin, Bakerville:
Silver key for Mixed media, “Please remember”
Honorable Mention for Drawing and Illustration, “Torn”; Sculpture, “Conflict”
Anna Kosinsky, Chapel Hill:
Golden keys for painting, “62272”; Photograph, “Fool’s Paradise”
Silver Keys for “My Queen”; Drawing & Illustration, “Kaleidoscope”; Photograph, “Growing Pains”
Honorable mentions for drawing and illustration, “Triple Vision”; Painting, “Femininity/Of me”; Painting, “What now? » ; Sculpture, “Sinking Feeling”
Haven Lee, Burnsville:
Silver Key for Digital Art, “Luck Isn’t Everything”
Honorable Mention for Drawing and Illustration, “Natural Opening”
Mel Mandle, Ashville:
Gold keys for painting, “Overgrown”; Photography, “Lillian”
Silver key for drawing and illustration, “Torn”
Honorable Mention for Drawing and Illustration, “Space Oddity”
Matty Richter, Salisbury:
Golden Key for digital art, “So Cold”
Silver Keys for Digital Art, “Reduced to Glass”; Drawing & Illustration, “Cloth, Fruit and Fire”; Painting, “Sparkle”
Honorable Mention for Engraving, “Tabby”
Honorable mention for the art portfolio, “The Bible”; Sculpture, “People of the Church”
UNCSA’s Visual Arts program welcomes middle and high school seniors who engage in a rigorous curriculum of study in design, drawing, sculpture, and art history. Graduates of the program have gone on to pursue an interest in fine art at universities such as Virginia Commonwealth, Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Ringling College of Art and Design, School of the Museum of Fine Art – Boston and College for Creative Studies.
Visual arts alumni have enjoyed successful careers in photography, graphic design, painting, animation, sculpture, installation art, makeup, and art education.