More than three hundred artworks by Wisconsin students in grades 7–12 are featured in this annual exhibition that celebrates young talent in our state. The juried exhibition is drawn from over three thousand submissions in the categories of Architecture & Industrial Design, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Games, and Art Portfolios. The Milwaukee Art Museum has hosted the Scholastic Art Awards for the Wisconsin region since 1976.
The Scholastic Art Awards program has been acknowledging excellence in the visual arts and encouraging the artistic endeavors of young people throughout the United States for over ninety years. The Silver Key Award denotes statewide recognition. Artworks receiving a Gold Key Award go on to compete for Silver and Gold Medals at the national level, with entries from more than seventy-five other competitions throughout the United States. Many award winners go on to achieve distinction in the fields of fine arts, applied arts, and design, often crediting their success to the early recognition they received as participants in the Scholastic Art Awards. A number of artists represented in the Museum’s Collection were at one time Scholastic Award recipients, including Richard Avedon, Harry Bertoia, Nancy Burkert, Red Grooms, Richard Haas, Robert Indiana, David Lenz, Philip Pearlstein, David Salle, Cy Twombly, Tom Uttech, Andy Warhol, and John Wilde. Robert Henri and John Sloan were also two of the first Scholastic Art Awards judges.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website