The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa has announced the regional award recipients of the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Evening Weaver

“Evening Weaver”, a photo taken by Interstate 35 junior Kaitlyn Hackley, was awarded a Gold Key as part of the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. As a regional winner, “Evening Weaver” will advance to national competition, to be judged by a panel of creative professionals.

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.

Kaitlyn Hackley

Gold Key Award recipient Kaitlyn Hackley.

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