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January 6, 2023

Announcing 2023 WNC Scholastic Art Awards Recipients

Asheville School students’ artwork has been recognized by a panel of creative professionals as the most outstanding work submitted among Western North Carolina peers for this years’ Scholastic Art Awards. Artwork is blindly adjudicated using the criteria of Originality, Technical Skill, and Emergence of a Personal Voice or Vision.

All awarded artworks will be presented in the 2023 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum from January 26–March 7, 2023. Gold Key and Silver Key original artworks will be displayed; and Honorable Mention artworks will be displayed digitally. A live award ceremony will be virtually shared through the Asheville Art Museum on Saturday, January 28, 2023, 2:00 p.m. We invite you to tune in to the ceremony via the art museum’s YouTube channel here

  Additional information about the exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum can be found here.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art Awards have recognized some of America’s most celebrated artists and writers while they were teenagers, including: Amanda Gorman, Sylvia Plath, Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol. Congratulations to these students as they are now one among these celebrated artists across the nation and across generations.

The following students have been recognized by a panel of creative professionals as the most outstanding work submitted among their WNC peers. Asheville School students earned 3 Gold Keys, 7 Silver Keys, 16 Honorable Mentions, and a National American Vision Nominee. Students’ artwork can be viewed here.
 

Brooklyn Albury
Stripping What’s Left – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)

Lydia Byrne
Snapdragon – Silver Key (Printmaking)*

Kate Choi
Pathway – Gold Key (Mixed Media)**
The Show – Silver Key (Drawing and Illustration)*
Ring Ring – Silver Key (Mixed Media)*
Speak Up – Honorable Mention (Mixed Media)
Fresh Cut Flowers – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration) 

Jack Flournoy
Unfolding Consciousness – Gold Key, National American Visions Nominee (Painting)**
Sol – Gold Key, Art Portfolio (Painting)**
Sisyphus – Silver Key (Painting)*
The Earth is a Womb – Honorable Mention (Painting)

CC Fraga
The Survivor – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)

Shruti Gupta
Celebration – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)

Margaret Harris 
Colosseum – Honorable Mention (Ceramic and Glass)
Ivanna – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)

Ann Lee
Times Square – Silver Key (Photography)**
Fish Tank – Honorable Mention (Printmaking)
Hudson River – Honorable Mention (Photography) 

Mark Liu
Stop Asian Hate – Silver Key (Digital Art)*

Sam Schenker
Life’s Journey – Honorable Mention (Photography)

Jacquie Traenkle
Reaching For The Light – Honorable Mention (Photography)

Nikolai Van Niekerk
Hiraeth – Honorable Mention (Painting)
Ode to Schiele, Corrosive Selfie – Honorable Mention (Painting)
Sapere Aude – Honorable Mention (Painting)

Miranda Wang
Why Me? – Silver Key (Digital Art)*

Sofi Zuber
The Jungian Thing – Honorable Mention (Mixed Media)
 

***National American Visions Nominee are artworks that will be considered for National Awards, including Gold Medal, Silver Medal with Distinction, Silver Medal, and scholarship awards. These artworks will also be considered for the Prestigious American Visions Medal.
**Gold Key are artworks that will be considered for National Awards, including Gold Medal, Silver Medal with Distinction, Silver Medal, and scholarship awards.
*Silver Key are artwork that show incredible originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision.