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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

FCPS Students Win Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Middle and high school students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have won a total of 476 awards in the Regional Scholastic Art Awards program sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.  Winning artwork will be on display at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale from Friday, February 8, through Thursday, February 21. An awards ceremony for Gold and Silver Key winners is planned for Tuesday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m.

From more than 2,000 entries from FCPS students, 174 Gold Keys, 149 Silver Keys, and 153 Certificates of Merit were awarded for outstanding drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, digital art, design, architecture, jewelry, fashion, film and animation, mixed media artworks, and portfolios. Winners came from Annandale, Bryant Alternative, Centreville, Chantilly, Edison, Fairfax, Falls Church, Herndon, Langley, Lee, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Mount Vernon, Mountain View Alternative, Oakton, South County, South Lakes, Stuart, West Potomac, West Springfield, Westfield, and Woodson High Schools; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Hayfield, Lake Braddock, and Robinson Secondary Schools; and Carson, Cooper, Franklin, Frost, Glasgow, Herndon, Holmes, Hughes, Key, Kilmer, Lanier, Liberty, Longfellow, Poe, South County, Stone, Thoreau, Twain, and Whitman Middle Schools.

Gold Key award-winning entries will be submitted to the national Scholastic Art Awards competition, where students are awarded national Gold and Silver medals, as well as monetary awards and scholarships. National awards will be announced in April, and an exhibit of the national winners’ works will be on display in New York later this year.

More than 200,000 students participate in the program across the country, and more than 50,000 students receive regional awards and exhibition opportunities.

The Scholastic Art Awards program is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States, now celebrating its 90th year. Established in 1923, the awards have recognized students who have become some of our nation’s most celebrated artists, including Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana, Phillip Pearlstein, and Andy Warhol.  Visual arts categories include architecture, art portfolio, ceramics and glass, comic art, design, digital art, drawing, fashion, film and animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

A complete list of winners is available online.

Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.