About The Scholastic Art Awards

VMFA Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony
Recognition / Exhibition / Publication / Scholarship
Application Deadline: Jan 10, 2014

The Scholastic Art Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running, and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual arts. Nearly 200,000 students 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. But The Awards are only half of the story…

Why Do Students Participate in The Scholastic Art Awards?

College Preparation
To develop the skills and vision needed for college admissions.

Scholarships
To earn scholarships from a pool of $3.60 million in tuition support, the largest source of funding for teens in the arts.

Professional Experience
To build credentials for résumés and applications to college and future employers.

Prestige
To participate in the nation’s most prestigious recognition program for artists and writers, which identified the early promise of Richard Avedon, Joyce Maynard, Tom Otterness, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Andy Warhol, and Zac Posen.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Your Scholastic Connection

Mission
VMFA is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all.

History
In the midst of the Great Depression, on January 16, 1936, Virginia’s political and business leaders bravely demonstrated their faith in the future and their belief in the value of art by opening the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Their dedication and that of those that have followed has led the VMFA to become the museum it is today. The recent addition of the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing, completed in 2010 has expanded the museum exhibition space and added new restaurants, gift shops, a student entrance, and a new Art Education Center.

VMFA has always been dedicated to the development of Virginia’s young artists. This year, continuing the tradition, VMFA has the honor to serve as the regional affiliate for The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Counties and cities served for the 2013 – 2014 program year:

Albemarle
Caroline
Charles City
Charlottesville
Chesapeake
Chesterfield
Colonial Heights
Culpeper
Dinwiddie
Essex
Fauquier
Fluvanna
Franklin City
Isle of Wight
Fredericksburg
Gloucester
Goochland
Greene
Hampton
Hanover
Henrico
Hopewell
King and Queen
King George
King William
Lancaster
Loudoun
Louisa
Madison
Manassas City
Manassas Park
Mathews
Middlesex

Nelson
New Kent
Newport News
Norfolk
Northumberland
Orange
Petersburg
Poquoson
Portsmouth
Powhatan
Prince George
Prince William
Rappahannock
Richmond City
Richmond County
Southampton
Spotsylvania
Stafford
Suffolk City
Suffolk County
Surry
Sussex
Virginia Beach
West Point
Westmoreland
Williamsburg-James City
York

See the 2011 Gold Key Winners

See the 2012 Gold Key Winners

See the 2012 Silver Key Winners

The Scholastic Art Awards at VMFA are generously sponsored by Wells Fargo.