CCAD to Host Young Artists for Scholastic Art Awards Show

January 15th, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Sean Garrett

“Together United” by Upper Arlington High School senior Sean Garrett

Work by Central Ohio’s finest young artists will be on display in the 2014 Central Ohio Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition opening Jan. 17 in CCAD’s Canzani Center Gallery and running through Feb. 1.

This year marks the 27th time CCAD has hosted the event that recognizes artists in grades seven through 12 for their excellence in art and writing.

“Our investment in hosting this event is always rewarded by the immeasurable outpouring of submissions from students who want to demonstrate and share their endeavors in the art sphere with us, the community, and the nation,” said Densil R.R. Porteous II, CCAD director of admissions. “What better way to invest in that community than with the rising stars of art and design who will lead the future in this arena?”

An impressive 1,006 individual pieces and portfolios were submitted, and judges selected 457 pieces for the exhibition, including photographs, ceramics, glass, drawings, paintings, digital art, jewelry, sculpture, design, fashion, printmaking, mixed media, film, animation, and comic art.

Students are recognized with regional Gold and Silver Key Awards. Regional Gold Key honorees are considered for national recognition and, if selected for national awards, are eligible for scholarships at participating art and design colleges and universities throughout the country. Five Gold Key honorees were also named America Vision Medal nominees for national recognition.

For a complete list of Central Ohio student winners by school, click here (PDF).

Gold Key winner Matt Watterson, a senior at Worthington Christian High School, spent hundreds of hours at his pottery wheel over the summer creating a portfolio of functional mugs, jars, teapots, and bowls.

Watterson sells his pieces through a local art center and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in ceramics after graduation.

“I want my pottery to become part of someone’s daily routine,” he said.

"House of Cards" by Shea Stiebler

“House of Cards” by Upper Arlington High School senior Shea Stiebler

Dresses made out of paper maps, playing cards, bed sheets, and batik fabric earned Shea Stiebler recognition as an American Visions Medal nominee. The Upper Arlington High School senior said the award was an honor and a shock.

“It feels amazing knowing that all of your hard work has paid off and that others have recognized the time and ability that has gone into each piece,” Stiebler said.

The National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards date back to 1923 and are the oldest and largest student art awards recognition program in the U.S.—and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. The impressive roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, and many more.

There will be an awards ceremony Jan. 19 for the students and their families. Visit CCAD’s event page for more exhibition details.

CCAD’s Canzani Center Gallery is located at Cleveland Avenue and East Gay Street in downtown Columbus.  The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is closed on Mondays. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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