The 24th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state, will be handed out on Sunday, Jan. 27, in a ceremony at the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater, starting at 2 p.m. “Celebrating the Creative Spirit of Connecticut Youth” is the theme of this exhibition, which is on display in Silpe Gallery (located in the University’s Hartford Art School building) from Sunday, Jan. 13, to Saturday. Feb. 2. Bothe the exhibition and the awards ceremony, which recognize the work of talented young artists in grades 7 to 12, are free and open to the public.
Connecticut’s First Lady Cathy Malloy, who is also chief executive officer of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, will offer welcome remarks at the awards ceremony.
Student artwork is juried by professional artists and University art faculty and is selected on merit for inclusion in this state-wide exhibition. Beyond the honor of being selected for this prestigious exhibition, artwork may be awarded gold or silver keys and honorable mention places in each of 17 media categories. Winners of the gold key awards will have their artwork submitted to the National Level Scholastic Art Awards for jury at the close of the exhibition.
Also among the prizes being offered to these highly talented Connecticut high school artists are scholarship offers to the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School. The scholarships range from $8,000 to $20,000 annually and renew for four years. In total, the University of Hartford makes a commitment of more than $1.5 million over a four-year period to the winners.
The 2013 Conn. Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition featured select work from 136 participating Connecticut schools. Selected from more than 2,000 total art entries, 611 works were on exhibit at the University of Hartford. Of that number, there were 175 Gold key awards (including 47 Gold portfolios), 153 Silver keys, and 283 Honorable Mention awards granted.
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 national 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.
Following the Connecticut Regional exhibit, the Gold Key award winners from each national region will have their art works reviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges at the National level in March. The selected National winner's artworks will be exhibited in New York City during June. The National student awards ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall in mid- June. Selected students will receive an invitation to this National event.
For more information on the Hartford Art School and Silpe Gallery, please visit www.hartfordartschool.org or call 860.768.4393.