Big Win for Reynolds Art Students

Asheville Art Museum to Feature Regional Scholastic Art

Scholastic Art - A History of Finding Great Talent

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country's longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. Since its founding, the Awards have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our nation’s most accomplished and prolific creative leaders. Alumni include artists such as Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Robert Indiana, and actor Robert Redford. Sponsored by the Asheville Art Museum, Western Region judges carefully reviewed each entry then selected Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention award recipients from across Western North Carolina.

This year, teachers from 20 area counties submitted more than 600 pieces for the WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Out of those 600 pieces, 132 will be featured at the Asheville Art Museum. For the third consecutive year, A.C. Reynolds has won more awards than any other high school in Western North Carolina, totaling 33 awards. Gold Key winners Jack Albrecht, Yana Babak, Julia Briden, Sia Diavatis, and Garrett Fentzlaff will move forward to compete in the National Scholastic Art Awards in NYC.

Reynolds alumni Dawson Mims and Ruby Mincher notably received National Scholastic Art Awards in 2014. Dawson Mims was one of six to be recognized with an American Visions Award and Gold Key in the category of digital art. Ruby Mincher also was awarded a Silver Medal for her painting Interior.

The American Vision Award winners are chosen as the “Best of Show” from all of the artwork entered in the Western NC Scholastic Art Awards. Each regional program across the country selects the five most outstanding works of art from their Gold Key recipients. These five young artists represent the region on the national level as American Vision nominees. A national panel selects one of the nominated works from each region as the American Vision Award Recipient. Past American Vision Award recipients from A.C. Reynolds include Esi Hutchinson and Julia Briden. This year, American Vision nominations will be announced during the Awards ceremony, on February 21st. The Exhibition will be in the Asheville Art Museum from January 30th through March 6th. Congratulations to all of the teachers and talented students!

Evolution of Women's Roles in Society (Gold Key Portfolio) by Julia Briden

Morphing (Gold Key Portfolio) by Julia Briden

Odyssey of Femininity (Silver Key Portfolio) by Garrett Fentzlaff