Eleven students from UNCSA’s High School Visual Arts Program have won 35 awards at the 2022 Mid-Carolina Scholastic Art Awards. The students collected 11 Gold Keys, 11 Silver Keys and 13 Honorable Mentions.
The Mid-Carolina Scholastic Art Awards serves students and educators from 27 counties in central North Carolina and South Carolina. The awards are hosted by the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte.
The gold and silver awards were presented virtually at the 2022 Gold and Silver Key Ceremony on Saturday February 12the Uptown Coin Museum in Charlotte, on view March 13-April 10, with a closing reception on Sunday April 10 from 2pm-5pm. The Gold Key winners advance to the national jury. Below is a gallery of selected student work:
“Our visual arts program typically produces numerous winners with multiple wins in this prestigious competition, and this year is no exception,” said Will Taylor, assistant dean and director of visual arts, professor of drawing at the UNCSA School of Design and Production . “We have another great accomplishment this year that speaks to the quality and creativity of our students and faculty.
“We are very proud of our winners and all of the students in our program,” added Taylor.
Along with Taylor, Elizabeth Alexander and Kaitlin Botts belong to the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Students from across America submitted nearly 340,000 original papers last year. Submissions will be judged in numerous categories, including design, digital art, mixed media, painting, sculpture, and ceramics and glass. The entries are sorted by media and then sorted by grade level. Panels of regional judges, consisting of museum curators, college and university professors, professional artists, and experienced K-12 art teachers, will evaluate the work in a blind judging process.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens, began in 1923. Notable winners included artist Andy Warhol, sculptor Luis Jiménez, photographer Richard Avedon, artist Kay WalkingStick, author Stephen King and other director Ken Burns.
Knox Barringer, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina:
Golden Key to Drawing and Illustrating, “Psychological Portrait”
Ayla Bramblett, Pleasant Garden:
Golden Key for Film & Animation, “Clothes & Memories”
Bramblet is also an American Visions Nominee for the best work in the region. American Vision nominees will be inducted into a national show in New York City in June, where one will be named Best in Show.
Grace Chen, Charlotte:
Golden Key for Drawing and Illustrating, “The World of Fairies and Everything Small”
Oliver Koria, Charlotte:
Silver keys for Art Portfolio, “ID Identity”; Drawing & Illustration, “Torn Together”
Honorable Mention for Photography, “HELLOmynameis”
Kennedy Giovanelli, Huntersville:
gold key for Comic Art, MA / Lqiudi YTE; Drawing & Illustration, “camille”; Mixed Media, “Baby Bug”
Honorable Mention for the “ENCEPHALON” Art Portfolio
Lilian Kline, Bakersville:
Silver key for Mixed media, “Please remember”
Honorable Mention for Drawing & Illustration, “Torn”; Sculpture “Conflict”
Anna Kosinski, Chapel Hill:
Golden Keys for Painting, “62272”; Photography, “Fool’s Paradise”
Silver Keys for “My Queen”; Drawing & Illustration, “Kaleidoscope”; Photography, “Growing Pains”
Honorable Mentions for Drawing and Illustration, “Triple Vision”; Painting, “Femininity/Of Me”; painting “What now?”; Sculpture “Sinking Feeling”
Haven Lee, Burnsville:
Silver Key for Digital Art, “Happiness isn’t everything”
Honorable Mention for Drawing & Illustration, “Natural Aperture”
Mel Mandel, Ashville:
gold key for painting, “overgrown”; Photography, “Lillian”
Silver Key for Drawing & Illustration, “Torn”
Honorable Mention for Drawing & Illustration, “Space Oddity”
matty judge, Salisbury:
Golden Key for Digital Art, “So Cold”
Silver Keys for Digital Art, “Reduced to Glass”; Drawing & Illustration, “Cloth, Fruit and Fire”; painting, “scintillation”
Honorable Mention for Printmaking, “Tabby”
Turner of Fate, Charlotte:
Honorable Mention for The Bible Art Portfolio; Sculpture “Church People”
The UNCSA Visual Arts Program enrolls high school juniors and seniors who commit to a rigorous course in design, drawing, sculpture, and art history. Graduates of the program have pursued their interest in the fine arts at universities such as Virginia Commonwealth, Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Ringling College of Art and Design, School of the Museum of Fine Art—Boston and College for Creative Studies.
Fine arts graduates have had successful careers in photography, graphic design, painting, animation, sculpture, installation art, makeup artistry, and art education.