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Barton College will welcome students from across the state to celebrate their creativity at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium. This marks the 41st year that Barton College has served as host and regional sponsor for the National Scholastic Art Awards for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region. The featured speaker for the awards ceremony is Daniel Kariko, associate professor of fine art photography in the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University.
Following a reception for Gold Key and Silver Key awardees and their families in Wilson Gymnasium, there will be an awards presentation for the award recipients beginning at 2 p.m. The ceremony is open to student Gold Key and Silver Key recipients, their families and North Carolina arts teachers and principals. The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be available for public viewing in the Barton Art Galleries beginning Feb. 10.
Entries from all 50 states are submitted in the nationally renowned Scholastic Art Awards program. The program, created for middle and high school students, is designed to encourage student achievement, to recognize and applaud fine arts teachers and to emphasize the importance of the visual arts in the school curriculum. Barton College hosts the Eastern/Central Regional District in North Carolina, representing 62 counties from the piedmont to the coast.
Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Barton College, and Mark F. Gordon, director of the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region of the Scholastic Art Awards Program, will bring brief remarks during the program. Debra Pylypiw of the Scholastic Art Awards Regional Teacher Advisory Committee will present special awards to student recipients.
The Scholastic Art Awards entries for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region were reviewed by professional art jurors at Barton College during the second week of January. This year, more than 3,000 entries were received. Students submitted artwork in a variety of categories, including architecture, comic art, ceramics and glass, digital art, product design, drawing, fashion, film and animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video games and art portfolio. Jurors are charged to select entries that they consider especially worthy of recognition.
In addition to Gold Key and Silver Key portfolios, there will be a significant number of Gold Key and Silver Key awards presented. These artworks will be displayed in the Barton Art Galleries.
Images of these finalist art works are sent to New York City for judging on the national level. Selected national works are invited for June exhibitions held at Parsons School of Design and the Pratt Institute. Honorable Mention awards will also be chosen and listed at www.barton.edu/scholastics.
Winners from Sallie B. Howard School included Rosabella Sinclair for “Niece and Uncle,” Gold Key, and “Granddaughter and Great Grandmother” and “Birth of Bella,” honorable mentions; and Mariah Joi Richardson for “Tangled Pink,” honorable mention. Teacher is Carrie Nobles.
From the Gold Key artworks, the jury selected works for additional awards to be presented at the ceremony.
The 2019 American Visions nominees include Sarah Gerics from William G. Enloe High School, Claire Friesen from Trinity School, Victoria Ding from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Tamara Lepore from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Betsy Molina from West Carteret High School.
Isabella Dalessio-Skare from Cardinal Gibbons High School is the recipient of the Edward C. Brown Sculpture Award.
Yihui Li from Greensboro Day School received the North Carolina Art Education Association Award.
Tamara Lepore from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the recipient of The Wilson Times Award.
Amira Oguntoyinbo from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the recipient of the Jurors’ Choice Portfolio Award.
Carter Andresen from Hanes Magnet School is the recipient of the Emerging Visions Award.
Andria Shafer from Durham Academy Upper School is the recipient of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Recycled Materials Award.
The exhibition of Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will run from Feb. 10-22 in the Barton Art Galleries located in Case Art Building. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by special appointment. For additional information, contact Bonnie LoSchiavo at email@example.com or call 252-399-6559.