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Hartford Art School Hosts 22nd annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Posted 01/25/2011
Posted by David Isgur

The Connecticut Art Education Association and the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford are hosting the 22nd annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards; the largest juried student art exhibition in the state of Connecticut, on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place in Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.  The artwork will be on display in Silpe Gallery at the University’s Hartford Art School building..

The 2011 Scholastic Art Awards exhibition features select work from students ate more than 140 participating schools.  Selected from more than 1,700 total art entries, 663 works will be on exhibit.  Of that number, there are 212 Gold key awards [including 88 Gold portfolios] , 155 Silver keys and 296 Honorable Mention awards.

“Celebrating the Creative Spirit of Connecticut Youth” is the theme of this exhibition.  The program’s sponsors emphasize that the purpose of this program is not merely a competition of sorts, but a recognition and encouragement of talented students across the state.  Artists, university faculty, and professionals in the field have joined to review and select the finest student art works in many art media categories.

Top award Gold Key winners from each national region will have their art works reviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges at the national level in March.  Select national winners will be exhibited in New York City during June.  The national awards ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall in mid-June.  Select students will receive an invitation to this event.

As an affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards and The Alliance For Young Artists and Writers, the Connecticut region is proud to continue a tradition established in 1927.  This national program was originated to honor the creative efforts of grade 7 to 12 students in public, private and parochial schools.  It is now the largest and most senior program of its type in the country.  For more information, visit

The 2011 Scholastic Art Awards exhibition runs from Jan. 17 to Feb. 4, in Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford. Silpe Gallery’s hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends, from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  For more information, call 860.768.4827.

Chartered in 1957 with the mission to be a “private university with a public purpose,” the University of Hartford offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and the health professions. The University’s student body of nearly 7,200 represents 48 states and more than 60 countries. For more information, visit