Nearlystudents will accept the challenge to go beyond the classroom assignment, creating daring and innovative works. They will submit their best pieces for review by panels of art professionals, and compete for recognition, scholarships, and exhibition opportunities. From towe have seen a 59 percent increase in the number of applications for this program. While this certainly proves that Virginia has an impressive abundance of talented young artists, the number of annual submissions has outgrown the Richmond Art Region.
Well, okay, the stardom part was their own doing, but it did launch them. Recently, I was honored to be a juror for both writing and art submissions for the competitionan amazing and daunting experience. Top winners from each region go on to the national jury in New York.
Today, more than ninety years later, the annual competition has grown to twenty-eight categories of art and writing submitted by 70, students in grades 7 to 12 nationwide and hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards granted.
It is an amazing affirmation of many talented young people. Hence the enormous number of talented teens who can take part. My judging for the writing submissions was done on line, so I was able to complete my portion of that process at home and had approximately a month mid December — January 20 in which to read and rate works.
We were each given a rubric to follow which had three categories: The range of content and the skill of these young writers was often amazing. I only remember one entry in the humor category, which I wonder might be a reflection of our times? Rating these writings was difficult in part because they were of many genres and also due to my sense of deep responsibility.
There were two other categories of choice: One story was so tightly and perfectly written, yet seemed so familiar—as though I had read it before, that I felt it should be checked for any sign of imitation.
If it was found to be original, then I wanted it to be submitted for the American Voices award. I tried looking up segments of the story online, but could not find a match. Fortunately, the award program has sophisticated software to search for such a problem, though the juror does not know the end result.
The sense that I had read it before was persistent, however. As a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in BostonI also was asked to spend two days in January at the Museum School along with dozens of other art professionals, as part of the three days of judging, divided into groups based on genres.
Things went well enough that most of us did not need to come for our second day. The others on my team were the director of an art museum, director of a history museum, a high school art teacher, and I am a sculptor and author.
We were shown slides of sculptures by high school or high school age homeschool students. A student proctor calculated as we went.
We looked through slides of all five hundred sculptures choosing the Honorable Mention works first. Then a second run-through for the Silver Keys, and a final most difficult scan for the Gold Keys. We also nominated one artwork for the top award.
There were media and styles ranging from art made from books, to pottery, soapstone, mixed media and found objects, even sculptures made of plastic wrap.
One of my teammates had participated the previous day, going through 1, paintings with her team. Her comment was that the sculptures were more difficult to rate.
Three dimensions versus two does add complexity, but true creativity and skill can be found in any media. What a brilliant job Scholastic, a publishing firm that advocates for creative kids, has done of spotlighting talent so early.
Truman Capote was writing fiction at Did the Scholastic award he received then open doors for him and encourage his talent? Will the awards be a golden key for success for the teen recipients, many of whose work I saw and read? I do believe so. This article also appears on the Writers Rumpus blog.
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