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Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

February 15 - March 1

A painting of oranges with the words "Scholastic Art and Writing Awards" over top in white.

Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Produced by Art Academy of Cincinnati
in partnership with Summerfair Cincinnati
Brave Berlin, School for Creative and Preforming Arts

For its fifth year, the Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) will produce the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. This art and writing competition, established in 1923, is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious national recognition program for creative teens in grades 7 to 12.

The exhibition, presented by Summerfair Cincinnati and traditionally held at the Art Academy, will look slightly different this year due to COVID-19.

Select art and writing works will be displayed throughout the city from February 15-March 1, 2021. From billboards around I-275, an exhibition in Washington Park and the Art Academy, to light installations produced by AAC Community Education and Brave Berlin, the entire Tri-state will have a chance to experience the work of our city’s talented youth.


A map of OTR with the locations of different installations.


“Brave Berlin is proud to join the AAC in supporting the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” said Dan Reynolds, owner/partner of Brave Berlin.

“As a parent of a Scholastic National Award Recipient, I’ve witnessed first-hand how this program fosters courage and imagination for its participants. Our community’s future artists’ work will be an essential part of our recovery from these unprecedented times. We can’t wait to see what they do.”

Awards Ceremony
In addition to the change in format for the exhibition, the Awards Ceremony, usually held at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, will be live-streamed on YouTube on February 19, 2021.

“This past year has been a true test of the resiliency of the arts community. I have been overwhelmed with joy to watch the power of arts and its ability not only to continue but persevere,” said Angela Powell Walker, Artistic Director for the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

“New solutions to bring our artistic visions to the public have transformed the way we perceive and experience art. What was once a local voice has become instantly global. What an amazing canvas of possibilities, and what an inspiring time for our talented artist to shine! And shine, they have.”

About Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Through the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, students from public, private, and home schools receive rare opportunities for national recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Last year, students from across the country submitted a record-breaking 346,000 original works of art and writing in 29 different categories with nearly 5,000 submissions from the Cincinnati region.

Categories of work include painting, photography, drawing and illustration, sculpture, architecture, fashion design, comic art, digital art, film and animation, jewelry, printmaking, short story, poetry, humor, journalism, novel, critical essay and more. The Awards Ceremony will host both art and writing awards recipients.

Each June, national Gold Medal recipients from across the country gather in New York City at Carnegie Hall to attend the National Ceremony series of events in their honor.  Over the years, numerous artists have been recognized by these awards when they were still students.  Notable alumni include: Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Steven King, Sylvia Plath, Charles White, Kay WalkingStick, Ken Burns, John Baldessari, Mozelle Thompson, Joyce Carol Oates, Hughie Lee-Smith, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham. Cy Twombly, Donald Lipski and Tom Otterness.

Exhibition Details and Contact Information
WHO:              Produced by the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Exhibition Generously Presented by Summerfair Cincinnati

WHAT:             Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

WHEN:            February 15 to March 1, 2021, exhibition on view February 19, 2021, Awards Ceremony on YouTube

WHERE:         A map can be found on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website  www.artacademy.edu/scholastic

COST:             Free and open to the public.

WEBSITE:      www.artacademy.edu/scholastic

BANNER IMAGE: Avery Messner, Grade 12, Gold Key Award Recipient, Mariemont High School

Funding Provided By
Summerfair Cincinnati, has been supporting and promoting artists and the arts in Greater Cincinnati for over 50 years. Through the organization’s annual three day fine arts fair enough funds are raised to support awards, scholarships and exhibitions. The effectiveness of Summerfair Cincinnati’s activities has earned the organization regional and national recognition. https://summerfair.org/

Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, makes grants to qualified nonprofit organizations that administer programs and projects within Elsa’s guidelines of interest in the tri-state areas of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. These programs fall within the focus areas of Education Success & Scholarships, Health Wellness & Scientific Research, Children’s Welfare & Competitive Sports, Fine & Performing Arts & Cultural Vibrancy, Civic Public Affairs, Animal Welfare & Preservation, and Environmental & Community Stewardship.


February 15
March 1
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