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 26 counties in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. We welcome the addition of eight new counties to our region for the 2020-21 academic year: Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, and Stokes counties. Welcome!

This year, the Scholastic Art Awards submission process opens September 1 and can be found at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  The Mid-Carolina Regional deadline for submissions is Friday, December 11, 2020.   Regional award winners will be announced on January 22, 2021. 

The awards ceremony will take place this year on February 20, 2021 at UNC Charlotte’s campus in the McKnight Auditorium, located in the Cone Center.  In the event gatherings are not possible, a virtual ceremony will be held the same day. Gold and Silver Key winners will be exhibited from Saturday, February 27, to Sunday, April 11, at the Mint Museum Uptown.  

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The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious program for creative teens in the U.S. and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King and John Updike.

The process begins across the country as artists and writers in grades 7-12 submit work in 28 categories of art and writing to a network of regional affiliates who present award ceremonies and exhibits for selected works on a local level. Gold Keys, the highest awards, are then submitted from each region for national adjudication by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. National Gold and Silver Medal-winning students and their teachers receive national recognition and are invited to attend the exhibit in New York and award ceremony at Carnegie Hall.

Students across America submitted nearly 340,000 original works last year. The top art and writing at the regional level were moved onto the national stage, where more than 2,700 students earned national medals.

Through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. 

Selection Process 

Submissions of artwork to the Mid-Carolina Region Scholastic Awards are evaluated in the categories of architecture & industrial design, ceramics & glass, comic art, design, digital art, drawing & illustration, expanded projects, fashion, film & animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and art portfolio. The entries are classified according to media, then sorted by grade level (middle school and high school). 

Panels of regional jurors, made up of museum curators, college and university professors, professional artists, and veteran K-12 art teachers, evaluate the work in a blind judging process. Jurors are chosen for their expertise in each category and evaluate work based on originality, technical skill, and personal vision.  

Digital images of Gold Key artworks are sent for adjudication at the national level by a second set of panelists, and national Gold Medal artworks are displayed in New York at the national exhibitions.

Congratulations to our 2020 winners!


Adams Billboard sign
See winning entries throughout the county in the Adams Outdoor Billboard Gallery!
Click below to see Gold Key work 

Gold Keys in Arts and Writing


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