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Art Students Place at Scholastic Art

Fuhrman and Simpson Both win Gold Keys at Scholastics

 

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.

Mark Arts received more than 2,400 entries for the Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art Awards. Of those entries, the jurors selected 152 as Gold Key, 166 as Silver Key and 309 as Honorable Mention.  Uniontown High School had three seniors place at the regional level. Abigail Jefferis received a Silver Key as well as an Honorable Mention.  “A Wrinkle in Time” which is a white charcoal drawing on black paper received the Silver Key while “Something to Crow About” earned Honorable Mention.  This drawing is in colored pencil.  This Award recognizes students with artistic potential.  Fellow senior, Chance Fuhrman was given a Gold Key for his white charcoal on black paper titled “Beware of Dog”.  He took a Silver Key for “Veteran Rights”.  This work was created on gray drawing paper and he used both black and white charcoal.  Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards and the top 10% receive Gold Key Awards. Senior Jezeriah Simpson also earned both a Silver and Gold Key.  “Good Ol’ Laugh” which is a black and white charcoal drawing received the Silver Key Award while his white charcoal on black paper titled “Hard Knock Life” was awarded the Gold.  Jez also entered and received a Gold Key Award for his portfolio which he titled “Emotions”.  The portfolio is a series of 8 distinct works that communicates a single cohesive idea or visual investigation.  In addition to the artwork, Jez also submitted an artist statement that describes why he choose these 8 pieces and what they mean as a collective group. 

Their work will be exhibited from February 1stthrough March 23that the Mary R Koch Art Center in Wichita.  Chance, Jez, and Mr. Woods have been invited to the Gold Key and Cash Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 23that 3pm at the center. During this ceremony we will learn about art scholarship offers as well as cash awards.

All works receiving Gold Keys will move on to national judging in New York City, and will be considered for national honors: Gold and Silver Medals and Special Achievement Awards.  National Medalists will be announced on March 13, 2019. 

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