Scholastic Art Awards

The College of Arts + Architecture is honored to be an Affiliate Partner for the Mid-Carolina Region of the Scholastic Art Awards, serving 18 counties in the piedmont region of North Carolina. Established in 1923 by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades 7–12. 

The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify young students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world. Through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. 

Are you our next winner?

Mid-Carolina Regional Gold and Silver Key winners are recognized in an annual ceremony and their work showcased in uptown Charlotte. Gold Key winners then advance for adjudication at the national level. If selected, Gold Medal artists are recognized in the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall and their work on display at galleries in New York.

Click here to learn about the selection process for Regional Adjudication.

Entry Process

Artists must be at least 13 years of age and in grades 7-12.  
Submission Period:  September 12 - December 12, 2019
Fees are $7 per individual submission and $25 per portfolio submission.

  1. Students and teachers must login to to register and digitally upload their work between September 12 and December 12, 2019.   
  2. Once work has been registered, print the submission form and obtain the required signatures of a parent if the student is under 18 years of age.  
  3. Then upload the signed form to your Scholastic account.  
  4. After uploading artwork and forms, see below to pay for your submissions by check/money order or through the link to our online systemAll submission forms and JPEGs must be uploaded and fees paid by December 12 at 7pm.
Click here to pay online

If paying by check or money order, please make it out to UNC Charlotte and write the student's name and submission code(s) in the memo line. If paying for multiple entries or students, please attach a list of names and works so that payments can be correctly applied. (Teachers, you can also print the Inventory List from your Scholastic account.)
Checks/money orders can be mailed directly to: 
UNC Charlotte
College of Arts + Architecture
Attn: Tesh Ramey
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223.

Check/money order payments will be accepted in person December 11-12, from 2:00 - 7:00 pm at the UNC Charlotte Center City building:
UNC Charlotte Center City

320 East 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202.

No cash payments will be accepted.

2020 Awards Ceremony and Exhibition INFO

The Mid-Carolina Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony 
Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 10:00 am

McGlohon Theatre, Spirit Square
345 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202.

2020 Gold Key Exhibit
February 4-March 4, 2020

Spirit Square Galleries
345 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Gallery Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (excluding when gallery is rented for events)

2020 Silver Key Exhibits
February 4 - March 8, 2020 

Two Locations:
Mint Museum Uptown

500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Gallery hours: Wed. 11:00 am - 9:00 pm; Th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm; Fri. 11:00 am - 9:00 pm; Sat. 11:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Mint Uptown is closed to the public Feb. 14-17

Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
Gallery hours: Wed. 11:00 am - 9:00 pm; Th - Sat. 11:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 pm


Contact Tesh Ramey, Arts Education Specialist

UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture


UNC Charlotte would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of the Mid-Carolina Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. We couldn't do it without you!
Arts +     Art Matters     Bechtler Museum of Modern Art     Blumenthal Performing Arts
Pottery Central     Mint Museum       International Art Materials association