The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa has announced the regional award recipients of the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Hackley, a junior at I-35, received one Gold Key and two Silver Keys for photography pieces she submitted. She received the Gold Key award for her photograph of a glistening spider web, as tiny raindrops adorned the many strands after a passing shower.
Gunnar Hutton, a junior at I-35, also submitted a photograph in the competition and received an honorable mention for his creative work.
Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Scholastic Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12.
This program year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to 100 Affiliate regions across the country. As one of the largest national affiliates, the Belin-Blank Center judged over 7,000 pieces of art and writing from the Iowa and Midwest Regions. Creative teens received honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, and/or American Visions & Voices nominations.
Gold Key recipients in the works of art and writing, will have more opportunities for recognition when their submissions are judged again on a national level by a panel of leading creative professionals. Announced in March of 2020, Gold Medalists will be honored during a special awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. In addition, medal recipients on the national level are eligible for a wealth of additional opportunities, such as inclusion in the Art.Write.Now.Tour traveling exhibition, which will be hosted by the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center this coming fall.
A complete list of 2020 regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Gold Key recipients is available online at artandwriting.org.