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Northwood artists flourishing, creative juices flowing

PITTSBORO — Seven Northwood High School students earned recognition in the 2020 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers:

Gold Key recognition for visual art

  • Katalina Kokas, “Caducus,” sculpture
  • Jade Schneider, “From Ireland to a New World,” printmaking 

Silver Key recognition for visual art 

  • Alisa Moll, “Alisa,” drawing and illustration 
  • Cass Yester, “Being Watched,” sculpture
  • Caroline Kallam, art portfolio 

Honorable mention 

  • Nuno Aguiar, “Fado,” sculpture 
  • Victoria Galvan-Alonso, “Death is a Woman,” photography 

Northwood educator Leslie Burwell teaches visual art. Northwood educator Meagan Shirlen teaches photography. 

"Northwood has participated in the Scholastic Art awards for each year since 2007. This year our [Nationa Art Honor Society] made it a goal to submit work in the national juried show," Burwell said. "Northwood is always seeking ways to provide opportunities for our visual arts students. The importance of students submitting their art in juried competitions prepares them for the creative economy as a future-ready goal."

Students who earned either Gold Key or Silver Key distinction have had their work on display at the Barton College Case Art Building Gallery, in Wilson, since Feb. 9. A Feb. 29 reception there for artists and their families, teachers and administrators begins at 1:30 p.m. The gallery opens that day at 11 a.m. 

Gold Key artwork will be judged for national recognition at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is touted as the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades 7–12. The awards distribute more than a quarter of a million dollars annually in direct scholarships and awards to national medalists.

On display

The artwork of Northwood students Caroline Kallam and Zoe Munoz has been displayed as part of the fifth annual National Art Honor Society/National Junior Art Honor Society Juried Exhibition at the National Art Education Association Studio & Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. Out of 1,065 submissions, 61 works representing 36 schools from 17 states will be exhibited until April 20, 2020. An additional 74 works — including material from Emma Belcher — representing 40 schools from 23 states will be featured in an online gallery

Published Feb. 21, 2020