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Attention Young Creatives: Let Your Talents Shine in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Posted October 7, 2015 in Public

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is once again proud to showcase the region’s brightest young creative talents as the West Central Michigan Region host of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of a special community of young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. Past award winners include such creative luminaries as artist Andy Warhol, writer Sylvia Plath, actress Lena Dunham, and filmmaker Richard Linklater.

Students who achieve special distinction at the regional level are automatically considered for national-level recognition. Two students from the West Central Michigan Region – Xian Boles of Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy and Spencer Schulte from Central High School in Traverse City – received national recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Xian Boles Made in China, 13 Hours A Day"Made in China, 13 Hours A Day" by Xian Boles

Additionally, both students will have their work featured in ART.WRITE.NOW.DC, a year-long exhibition of select works from the 2015 competition that will be displayed at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building in Washington, DC and recognized by the President’s Committee on the Art and the Humanities.

The Harmonium Device"The Harmonium Device" by Spencer Schulte

KCAD is calling on students from West and Central Michigan in grades 7 – 12 to share their creative talents. This year, writing entries will be accepted along with art entries. Students may submit work for a variety of categories including: architecture, ceramics and glass, comic art, design, digital art, drawing and illustration, fashion, film and animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, critical essay, dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, personal essay/memoir, poetry, science fiction and fantasy, and short story. Full art and writing portfolios will also be accepted.

Students in grades 7 – 12 in the following counties fall into the West Central Michigan Region: Allegan, Antrim, Barry, Benzie, Calhoun, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Clare, Clinton, Dickinson, Eaton, Emmet, Gratiot, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Ingham, Ionia, Iron, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Lake, Leelanau, Mackinac, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, Roscommon, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Tuscola, Van Buren, and Wexford. If you’re unsure of which region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards you fall into, visit artandwriting.org/the-awards/guidelines-deadlinesto find your regional program.

Entries will be accepted between September 15 and December 15, 2015. For complete details and submission guidelines, visit kcad.edu/art-educators/scholastic-art-awards.

Schools that have not received mailings about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards from KCAD in the past are encouraged to contact KCAD to be added to the mailing list by emailing [email protected].

Fore more information on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit artandwriting.org.