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January 11, 2024

Students Earn Creative Recognition at 2024 WNC Scholastic Art Awards

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 year’s 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 2024 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum from January 24–March 25, 2024. Gold Key and Silver Key original artworks will be displayed, and Honorable Mention artworks will be displayed digitally. Additional information about the exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum can be found here. Details for the award ceremony are forthcoming.

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 nine Gold Keys, 12 Silver Keys, 38 Honorable Mentions, and a National American Vision Nominee. Students’ artwork can be viewed here.

Lilly Andrews-Edwards ’25
I’ve Got Peace Like a River – Gold Key (Mixed Media)**

Marni Ashrafi ’25
Radiant Smiles – Honorable Mention (Painting)

Belle Brown ’25
Self-Portrait – Stars Inside – Honorable Mention (Painting)

Chloe Butler ’25
The Gap – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)
Fleeting Thought – Honorable Mention (Painting)

Oli Centeno-Oxford ’26
Protect Trans Lives – Honorable Mention (Mixed Media)
BATS! – Honorable Mention (Painting)

Conor Darby ’25
The Seeds of Chaos – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)

Liesl Ellington ’25
Choice – Honorable Mention (Film and Animation)

Hannah Fendler ’26
@ Peace – Honorable Mention (Painting)

Yancy Gong ’26
Reddish Journey – Gold Key (Photography)**
The Farmer – Silver Key (Photography)*
Wheat Field – Honorable Mention (Photography)

Shruti Gupta ’25
Festival of Colors – Honorable Mention (Photography)

Margaret Harris ’24
Sharp Colors, Spiky Shapes – Gold Key (Art Portfolio)**
Woman and the Wolf – Gold Key, National American Visions Nominee (Drawing and Illustration)**+
It Drains, Exterminates. Never Creates. – Gold Key (Painting)**
Decomposition Donut – Gold Key (Sculpture)**
Shrimp – Silver Key (Drawing and Illustration)*

Thomas He ’26
Street View – Gold Key (Drawing and Illustration)**
Abandoned Village – Silver Key (Painting)*
Windswept – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)
Urban Waste – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)
Self-Portrait – Honorable Mention (Painting)
Doorstep – Honorable Mention (Photography)
Urban – Silver Key (Drawing and Illustration)*
Self Portrait – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)
Still Life – Honorable Mention (Art Portfolio)
Winter – Honorable Mention (Digital Art)

Shelby Hippen ’25
Close Eye – Honorable Mention (Painting)

Ann Lee ’24
My Untold Story – Gold Key (Art Portfolio)**

Andrew Liu ’26
Turtle’s Escape – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)

Sam Schenker ’26
Living Leaf – Silver Key (Photography)*
Colorful Catch – Honorable Mention (Photography)
Creeping Queen – Honorable Mention (Photography)
Devoured – Honorable Mention (Photography)
Eye Spy – Honorable Mention (Photography)
Freeze! – Honorable Mention (Photography)
Wise Old Sage – Honorable Mention (Photography)

Grace Shi ’25
Shhhh…. – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)

Andrew Shim ’26
Lever – Silver Key (Painting)*
Fouled up – Silver Key (Drawing and Illustration)*
DMZ – Honorable Mention (Painting)
Elements – Honorable Mention (Film and Animation)
Loneliness – Honorable Mention (Photography)
Apple – Honorable Mention (Sculpture)
Self-portrait – Honorable Mention (Digital Art)

Miranda Wang ’24
Voice of War – Gold Key (Art Portfolio)**
A Shattering Dream – Silver Key (Painting)*
A Vanished Soul – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)

Jenn Xu ’25
A Fine Line – Silver Key (Drawing and Illustration)*

Anna Yu ’25
Geometric Space Under the Natural World – Silver Key (Architecture & Industrial Design)*
The Peace Pigeon – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)
Whispers of Survival: A Young Witness – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)
Somatic Blooming – Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)
Who am I – Honorable Mention (Photography)

Amy Zhu ’26
Street Art – Silver Key (Drawing and Illustration)*
Vanitas – Silver Key (Digital Art)*
Still Life – Honorable Mention (Digital Art)

+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.