Artistic achievement: Area student artists honored at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


By Sam Elliott

Dozens of pieces of art by Fishers and Geist area high school and junior high students were among the hundreds on display throughout February at Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall as part of the Central and Southern Indiana Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Three levels of award winners — Gold Key, Silver Key and honorable mention recipients — were recognized at an awards ceremony Feb. 28.

“After reviewing more than 3,000 works of art, this is the culminating ceremony and celebration to honor our creative artists and writers,” Donna Rund, Interim Education Manager at Clowes Memorial Hall, said. “We are very excited to see these students in attendance, along with their parents, teachers and peers to honor their accomplishments.”

Of the region’s 176 total Gold Keys — the highest level of achievement — awarded, more than 50 were to Fishers and Geist area high school and junior high students. Gold Key art is determined by criteria of originality, technical skill and personal vision or voice and is forwarded on to New York City for the Scholastic Art & Writing national awards. National Medal winners will be announced March 14.

“Honorable mentions are given to those demonstrating creative potential, Silver Key awards are given to those who are most distinguished and Gold Key awards are given to those most accomplished in their work,” Rund said.

Gold Key and Silver Key art, which included approximately 430 total works, was displayed for the public at Clowes Memorial Hall from Feb. 3 through Feb. 28. All Scholastic Art & Writing Awards entries, of which the region received more than 3,000 of this year, were adjudicated by three-judge panels with approximately 50 professional artists and writers comprising the panels.

“It’s really wonderful for the kids,” Hamilton Southeastern High School art teacher Angela Fritz said. “It’s a testament to how hard they work all year and where they’re going and their focus and their drive. It’s really a wonderful opportunity for them to get out in a public way and in a national way for some of them.”

Fritz had some of her work displayed at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition when she was a high school student and appreciates the history of the program, which has famous alumni including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, John Lithgow and Ken Burns, among others.

“This has been going on since the ’20s, it has a longstanding history,” Fritz said. “Truman Capote, Ken Burns — all kinds of really public and famous artists have won in the past … This is something that has a great regional history here in this state, too, and it’s just a great opportunity for the kids here and at the national level. It’s really wonderful.”

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Name Category Title
Chase Cannon Drawing/Illustration I Cried That Night
Chase Cannon Painting Innocence Observing Evil
Chase Cannon Painting She Thought She Looked Fat
Kasey Coverdale Drawing/Illustration Free Spirit
Courtney Dallas Ceramics/Glass Torso
Emma Dewey Sculpture Framework
Emma Dewey Jewelry Malevolent
Emma Dewey Sculpture Wrapped
Mikaela Hartman Jewelry Balance
Jordan Haworth-Zermeno Mixed Media Are You in There?
Jordan Haworth-Zermeno Painting Belly
Sally Johnson Ceramics/Glass Hollow Ghost
Katherine Lucas Photography Swing Shadow
Natalie McDaniel Jewelry Bartholemew
Kathryn Meyers Jewelry Pendant
Kathryn Meyers Jewelry Reliquary
Madison Park Drawing/Illustration Got the Time?
Rachel Phillips Drawing/Illustration Push Me, Pull Me
Sophia Silcox Digital Art Sunken Studddder
Molly Simmons Film/Animation Masha’Allah
Makenna Sisemore Photography Clinging to Life
Lauren Wallace Ceramics/Glass Drip Drop Pot
Lauren Wallace Ceramics/Glass Horse Hair #1
Jamie Wiederholt Ceramics/Glass Schizo
Alex Baumgartner Drawing/Illustration Barren Transitions
Alex Baumgartner Drawing/Illustration Becoming the Catalyst
Haili Brown Drawing/Illustration Self Reflection
Anna Dougherty Photography Whoosh
Sarah Dunlap Photography Consumer
Aaron Eads Digital Art Self-Potrait in Text
Emily Lindbloom Painting Ocean, Embracing
Kayley Hodson Mixed Media Iridescent Luxary
Taylor Tocci Mixed Media Hand Made Paper
Taylor Tocci Mixed Media Steer Head on Cardboard
Bri Baehl Photography St. Peter’s Basillica
Kenzington Baxter Mixed Media Red Words
Kenzington Baxter Photography Time Frozen Through a Lense
Anthony Blinco Photography Tennis Shoes
Lauren Jaynes Mixed Media Walking Jars
Sophia Kegley Drawing/Illustration Self-Reflection
Ella Liner Photography Nature of the Eye!
Monica Stuffle Ceramics/Glass Manos de una Flor y Agricultor
Fiona Whaley Painting Fiona
Lake Barnett Drawing/Illustration Noir
Lake Barnett Design X
Sarah Cecil Printmaking Trilogy
Rose Duffy Design Red
Harleen Kaur Design Alone
Matt Thompson Printmaking I’m Thinking
Arianna Wityshyn Mixed Media Untitled
Kylie Terpening Photography Up