The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens. Maine’s regional Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention, and American Visions & Voices Nomination recipients are honored locally through community ceremonies and exhibitions.

Maine students were invited to submit creative and original work to any of the Awards’ 29 art and writing categories, including architecture, photography, flash fiction, poetry, painting, video game design and more. At each level of judging, all works are selected to move on to the next stage based on the same three criteria that have represented the program since its founding in 1923: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.

“By tapping into the imaginations of teenage artists and writers and encouraging them to share their visions, we are fostering the next generation of great influencers in the arts and beyond,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards provide a national platform to recognize and celebrate the deeply personal, innovative and thought-provoking creative work of today’s teenagers. Time and again, we hear that seeing the work gives viewers hope about the future of the arts.”

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Se’ Ferrell, Se’ Ferrell 2015 (Art Portfolio), Grade 12, Art Teacher: Nancy Goldstone Durst, Falmouth High School