2022 Scholastic Art Awards

Monday, February 7, 2022
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2022 Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards February 12 through March 5. Honoring student artist of Northeast Florida

 

#The "Must-See" Gold Key Exhibition

Have a young, budding artist in the family? Looking for ways to support, challenge and inspire them? Every year, the Main Library plays host to some of the most amazing and talented student-artists that Northeast Florida has to offer. This February, celebrate their artistry and achievement with us. 

UPDATE: If you missed seeing this in-person, you can still check out the virtual exhibit here

#Showcasing Talented Local Youth

The 2022 Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key Exhibition opens Saturday, February 12. The show runs for just three weeks (through Saturday, March 5) and features award-winning artwork by middle and high students from across eight counties. You'll be absolutely floored by the hundreds of "Gold Key" (or first-place) paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other mixed-media masterpieces on display. Speaking of floors: Make sure to visit both the library's first and second floor. This impressive collection couldn't fit in just one gallery!

#Join us March 2 during Art Walk

Are you a local art lover? The Library's hours are extended (until 8:45 p.m.) the first Wednesday of every month for Art Walk. The Main Library is directly across from one of the event's three major hubs, James Weldon Johnson Park, where artists and musicians set up from 5-9 p.m. to engage and entertain the community. 

#What is NEFSAA?

Established in 1923 by Scholastic Inc. founder Maurice R. Robinson, the Scholastic Awards have grown to become the nation’s highest honor and largest source of scholarships for creative teens. All students in grades 7 through 12, whether in public, private, or home schools, can apply.

Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards (NEFSAA) has been the regional visual art affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the last 13 years -- offering recognition, celebration of, and college scholarship offers for visual art students throughout our area.

#The Best of Northeast Florida Student Art

The 2022 NEFSAA season collected and adjudicated just over 2,600 student submissions from 904 students in eight counties including Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, Union, and Volusia.

#Honoring Student Artists

This year 1,420 awards were distributed to 642 student winners.

In the last five years, regional award winners have earned $30 million in college scholarship offers from Savannah College of Art & Design, Jacksonville University, and the University of North Florida.

#Not To Be Missed

Artwork on exhibition at the Main Library includes "Gold Key" award winning works from students, age 13-18, grades 7-12. Individual "Silver Key" and "Honorable Mention" works will be on exhibition digitally through scannable QR codes.

  • Painting of a young Black man in gold armor

    "Lord Baba (Golden Pride)" by Taylor Ekern
    Gold Key Painting
    Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
    Teacher: Hillary Hogue

  • Feminine presenting person applying lipstick

    "Dysphoria" by Cecilia Connor
    Gold Key Painting
    Ponte Vedra High School
    Teacher: Edwin Consunji

  • Figures in face masks, surrounded by skeletons. Ink and watercolor.

    "Death All Around" by Kiana Michel
    Gold Key Drawing
    Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
    Teacher: Hillary Hogue

  • Woman with mask, in charcoal

    "Solitude" by Solara Cotton
    Gold Key Award and American Visions Nominee Drawing
    Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
    Teacher: Hillary Hogue

  • Family gathered around food

    "Kamayan" by Camille Faustino
    Gold Key Award and American Visions Nominee Painting
    Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
    Teacher: Hillary Hogue

  • Abstract image of a person with a television for a head

    "Tele vision" by Reed Mann
    Gold Key Painting
    Ponte Vedra High School
    Teacher: Edwin Consunji

  • Abstract image of a dance

    "Ring Around A'Rosie" by Akila Jayaraman
    Gold Key Painting
    Stanton College Preparatory
    Teacher: Carrie Santa Lucia

  • Contour line drawing and mixed media image of young teen with a face mask

    "Dirty" by Lauren Garcia
    Gold Key, Mixed Media Piece
    Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
    Teacher: Hillary Hogue

  • Young woman in face mask, in profile

    "Modern Self-Portrait (2021)" by Ramona Daniels
    Gold Key Painting
    Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
    Teacher: Hillary Hogue

  • A girl in sunglasses with wild hair

    "Charisma for the Weak" by Cookie Myers
    Gold Key Painting
    St. Johns Country Day School
    Teacher: Pamela Ayres

  • Hooded woman with lesions on her nose and cheek

    "Frostbite" by Grace Perez
    Gold Key and American Visions Nominee Painting
    Allen D Nease High
    Teacher: Megan Welch

  • Photo of a young black man with dreadlocks

    "Bereft *1" by Maggie Rizzi
    Gold Key and American Visions Nominee Photo
    St. Johns Country Day School
    Teacher: Pamela Ayres

  • Young black woman looking in a hand mirror. Pride is written multiple times around the border of the composition.

    "Arrogancia" by Madiha Reza
    Gold Key Painting
    Deland High School
    Teacher: Bryan Carson

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