Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at The Met

Are you in the New York City-area now through May 29th? Be sure to add a vist to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on your "must visit" list.

Last Friday, New York City-based Gold Key winners in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards had their works added to the museum’s impressive collection as part of the 2017 New York City Regional Exhibition at the Met’s Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

The event is FREE and open to the public during regular museum hours through May 29th. The exhibition features more than 600 original works of art and writing from the talented young winners in this year’s regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country's longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teens.

The Awards have honored distinguished artists since 1923, including Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Kay WalkingStick, John Baldessari, Luis Jiménez, and Catherine Murphy, whose works are in The Met collection. 

This year, talented students in grades 7–12 submitted more than 11,000 works in 28 categories to the New York City Regional Affiliates of the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, representing students from over 300 schools in all five boroughs. All works were blindly adjudicated based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. The pieces on display at the Met received the top regional award, making them eligible to receive national honors through a second round of judging, which can open further opportunities for exhibition and publication, as well as access to scholarships. 

To learn more about the exhibition, visit MetMuseum.org and to learn more about the awards, visit ArtandWriting.org. And don't forget to use #GoldKey @artandwriting when you visit the exhibition.

Check out some photos below of Friday night's opening reception, including Maxwell Suprenant, a Kid Reporter in the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, chatting with Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and WIll Crow, Educator in Charge of Teaching and Learning at The Met.     

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