National Art Jurors taking a break from judging at the Scholastic Inc. headquarters in NYC

National Art Jurors taking a break from judging at the Scholastic Inc. headquarters in NYC

Judging works at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is one of our busiest times of the year. We recruit hundreds of professionals in the arts and literary communities to review all of the Gold Key works to determine which ones will receive National Medals and Special Achievement Awards. It’s a daunting task, but it is also one that we look forward to every year.

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Art jurors for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards reviewing works

Art jurors for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards reviewing works

February is a busy time of year for the national office of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This is when we gather dozens of leaders in the fields of art and literature to judge all of the works that received a Gold Key, our highest regional honor, in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. All Gold Key works are forwarded by our local Affiliate Partners to New York City for national judging, where they will be reviewed by creative professionals such as painters, poets, video game designers, book editors, museum directors, and authors. Jurors read thousands of works and review thousands of images in order to select the works that receive National Medals.

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Marbella Alberto, Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Age 18, Elsik High School, Houston, TX

Marbella Alberto, Book, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, Age 18, Elsik High School, Houston, TX

Congratulations to the 2018 Scholastic Awards National Writing Medalists! Gold Key works that advanced to the final round of National Writing Adjudications were evaluated by jurors representing a wide spectrum of literature enthusiasts which included editors, published authors, founders of literary magazines, literary agents, college professors, non-profit executives, award-winning poets, and more. Jurors were asked to identify fresh and relevant works through the lens of three time-tested criteria: originality, technical skill, and personal vision or voice. Read More

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards judges, February 2017

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards art judges, February 2017

Leaders in the fields of art and literature were asked to judge works on the national level of the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. From authors to video game designers, journalists to museum directors, jurors across all creative fields lent their time and expertise to help choose the 2,700 National Medalists. We’d like to take a look back at the jurying process and send out a huge thank you to all of our jurors!

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The first two weeks of February we will be welcoming renowned artists from around the country (and world) to join us at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Office in New York City for National Art Judging.  These artists are at the top of their fields, and they share in our mission of recognizing and fostering creativity.

This year we had over 300,000 submissions nationwide and only the top 5-7% are considered on the National Level for the Gold and Silver Medals and the opportunity to NYC in June for National Events. Read More

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This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog, written by Brittany Sullivan.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been judging student work based on 3 original criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.

Flash forward to 92 years later and a quite few details surrounding the judging process have changed, but at its core, you could say that nothing has changed at all. The Awards founder Maurice R. Robinson dreamed of providing students who are accomplished in the arts with the same honors and recognition as their athletic classmates—and with these three criteria the Awards does just that with opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

Today, National Adjudication for the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began at Scholastic headquarters in New York City! Throughout the next two weeks, panels of creative-industry experts will blindly judge all Gold Key-winning works, sent in from the more than 100 Regional Affiliates throughout the country that run the Awards in their local areas.

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