Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Congratulations 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Recipients! 

A panel of professional visual artists, poets, writers, and other creative professionals selected these works from 3600 works submitted this year.

  •  443 Honorable Mentions awarded to promising works

  •  225 Silver Keys awarded to distinguished works

  •  133 Gold Keys awarded to the most accomplished works

  •  5  American Visions Nominees selected as the strongest regional works

  •  5  American Voices Nominees selected as the strongest regional work

    The American Visions Nominees are:  

  • Corinne Ertel, “To the Universe,” Sculpture, Grade 12, GW Carver Center-Arts & Tech Towson, MD; Alec Figura, “Scars of History,” Drawing and Illustration, Grade 12, Albert Einstein High School, Kensington, MD; Myah Jackson-Solomon, “Stagnant,” Drawing and Illustration, Grade 12, GW Carver Center-Arts & Tech, Towson, MD; Hannah Portner, “The American Nightmare,” Photography, Grade 9, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Potomac, MD; Titarchuk Yaroslava, “I’m Not Russian. I’m Ukrainian,” Drawing and Illustration, Grade 12, Northwest High School, Germantown, MD.  

    T
    he American Voices Nominees are:  
     

  • Tiara Aragon, “As the Oldest,” Personal Essay/Memoir, Grade 10, GW Carver Center-Arts & Tech Towson, Towson, MD; Chris Fleschner, “Sonder,” Poetry, Grade 11, Loyola Blakefield High School, Towson, MD; Uchechi Mba, “The Fallen Five,” Poetry, Grade 10, Century High School, Sykesville, MD; Madelyn Mueller, “Elementary School Whore,” Personal Essay/Memoir, Grade 12, GW Carver Center-Arts & Tech, Towson, MD; Nusrat Tusi, “The Veil Lifted,” Personal Essay/Memoir, Grade 12, Catonsville High School, Catonsville, MD. 

    The following Baltimore City Schools students received local scholarships in addition to their award recognition: 
     

    Maiya Hall, Grade 12, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, received an Honorable Mention and an Emerging Visions Scholarship for her painting entitled “The Future.” 

     

    Ari Mitchell, Grade 11, Baltimore School for the Arts, received an Honorable Mention and an Emerging Voices Scholarship for her short story, “The Undoing of Edwin Bosley.” 

The Ceremony

To recognize their outstanding work, the year's Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed juror, to the 2021 Award Ceremony. 

This year's keynote speakers are LaToya M. Hobbs, Baltimore-based artists, and 2020 Sondheim Artscape Prize winner, and D. Watkins, author of We Speak or Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America. The virtual ceremony will take place Sunday, March 7, 2021, at 2 pm, streaming on BOPA's Youtube and social media pages.

The Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

The Mission

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 340,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing.

The Application 

The Scholastic Awards look for work demonstrating originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Regional recognition includes Gold Key awards, Silver Key awards, and Honorable Mentions. Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Five works of writing and five works of art from the region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies.

Scholastic Art and Writing Award Recipients 2021

Maryland Art and Writing Region

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts is the Maryland Art affiliate for all counties in the state of Maryland and the Writing affiliate for all counties in the state of Maryland (excluding PG and Montgomery counties).  We accept submissions each year beginning in September, and the deadline for submissions is early December.

Regional recognition includes Gold Key awards, Silver Key awards, and Honorable Mentions. Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Five works of writing and five works of art from the region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies.