CHS Student Receives National Art Recognition

May 9, 2014

Courtesy Photo Emily Thorpe of Campbell High, left, was recognized as a national silver medalist for her painting, “We are Beautiful.” Also pictured is Campbell Art Educator, Denise Freeman.

submitted by Denise M. Freeman, Campbell High School

The Campbell High School Art Department is pleased to announce that Emily Thorpe of Litchfield received a national Silver Medal Award in The 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards administered by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.  The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, is the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12.  In addition, all National Award–winning high school seniors are now eligible to apply for a special pool of more than $8 million in scholarships, set aside specifically for them through partnerships with the Alliance and esteemed colleges and universities around the country.

“The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards serve as clear validation of young artists’ and writers’ creative talent, persistence and promise in their respective fields,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the administrator of the Scholastic Awards.  “It is our honor to share in these defining moments of achievement for our nation’s teens and to elevate their unbelievable talent on the local, regional and national levels.  We see it as a privilege to support them on their journey to becoming artists, writers, designers, doctors, business owners or any aspiration they are determined to realize.”

This program year, a record-breaking 255,000-plus works of art and writing were submitted to more than 100 affiliates of the Alliance for regional adjudication.  Students, who received regional Gold and Silver Keys, as well as honorable mentions, have been celebrated in all corners of the country.  More than 100,000 regional Award recipients’ families and friends gathered at local exhibitions, ceremonies and readings nationwide to recognize student works.

From the outstanding pool of regional Gold Key recipients, a panel of creative-industry experts chose more than 1,800 of the most talented students – representing 47 U.S. states as well as students in Washington, D.C. and American schools abroad – to receive national medals.  These artists, authors, critics, educators and skilled professionals blindly judged works based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice – the original three criteria of the program’s founding in 1923 colleges and universities around the country.

To celebrate the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ national winners, the Alliance will kick off this year’s national celebration in New York City on June 5, with the first annual Maker Prom – a party with interactive art-making stations – at the Roosevelt Hotel, as well as the grand opening of the Art.Write.Now. National Exhibition, a large selection of award-winning art and writing that will be on display at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery.  On June 6, students will be honored during a special awards ceremony live-webcasted from Carnegie Hall, where they will be joined onstage by this year’s Alumni Achievement Award Recipient, Kay WalkingStick, whose career retrospective will open in 2015 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.  Following the ceremony, the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Benefit will take place at The Edison Ballroom, and to further amplify the festivities that evening, the iconic Empire State Building will be lit in gold.

For 91 years, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions, publications and scholarships.  Alumni of the Scholastic Awards have gone on to continue their education at many of the top colleges and universities across the country, including Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons The New School for Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University and Columbia University.  Since its founding, the awards program has identified the early promise of some of the nation’s most exceptional visionaries, including alumni such as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath and John Updike, all of whom won when they were teens.  More recently, Stephen King, Myla Goldberg, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham have become celebrated alumni of the program.