• Artworks by Five Students Win Scholastic Awards

    Seven works of art by five George Stevens Academy students were selected recently for honors in the Maine Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Four of them have been on display at the Maine College of Art in Portland and will be up till the conclusion of an awards ceremony Saturday, Feb. 9.

         “Confidently Content,” ink and gouache on paper by MacKenzie Tapley, and “A big paper boat for a kid in a raincoat,” ink on paper by Isaac Wardwell, were selected for Gold Key awards, the competition’s highest honor. Both are automatically considered for the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

         “Composition in Color,” mixed media on paper by Emma Brown, and "Olive Us," colored pencil on paper by MacKenzie Tapley, were selected for Silver Key awards. Both Gold and Silver Key artworks were offered the chance to be exhibited at the Maine College of Art.

         Honorable Mentions were awarded to “Squishy Face,” colored pencil on paper by Genevieve Claybaugh, “Window Pain,” fingerpaint on paper by Asha Kirkland, and “Soleil,” linoleum block print also by Kirkland.

         “I’ve been on cloud nine with the kids. They did such an excellent job,” said Mariel Duym, art teacher at GSA.

         The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for creative teens is the oldest such competition in the United States. According to promotional materials, the criteria for selecting artworks haven’t changed since the contest started in 1923: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.

         Wardwell’s piece, in addition to winning a Gold Key award, earned Honorable Mention in the Congressional Art Competition for which all submissions to the Scholastic competition are considered. He’ll be invited to display his artwork at the State House in Augusta later this spring, “a huge honor,” said Duym.