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Museum Exhibition Features Outstanding Student Artwork

Posted on January 23rd, 2009

Milwaukee, WI, January 27—A total of 347 outstanding works by Wisconsin students grades 7-12 comprise the Wisconsin Regional—one of 67 art regionals held across the country—of the annual Scholastic Art Awards exhibition.  The exhibition is on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum January 31-March 8.  Gold and Silver Key winning artworks are exhibited in the Pieper Gallery and Schroeder Galleria.  Students from 87 schools throughout the state entered this competition; works by students from 73 schools were juried into the exhibition.

The Scholastic competition and exhibition is the regional section of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National program conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc., and is the major competition for students in grades 7-12.  This exhibition includes works in 18 media categories selected from 1407 entries by a jury of 23 artists, educators and administrators.

Student artists were awarded 253 Gold Key (sent on to national competition) and 128 Silver Key (special state recognition) Awards.  The prestigious American Vision Award Nominees (5 top of show awards) and Bronze Medallion of Excellence were also chosen.  The awards are presented at a private ceremony on Saturday,
January 31 at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

The regional Gold Key winning artworks will advance to The National Scholastic Art Awards competition.  The national awards ceremony will be held in June at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

Gallery Talk by Coordinator Helena Ehlke on Tuesday, February 3, 1:30 p.m. Please meet in Pieper Gallery.

*A complete list of statewide winners is available after 2/3/09; please contact John Eding, john.eding@mam.org

Sponsored by the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum Docents, the Marc and Karen Flesch Memorial Fund, James Heller in memory of Avis Heller, James and Carol Wiensch, Ray and Sue Kehm with matching funds from AT&T, and an anonymous donor.

Group tour requests: 414-224-3842; Gallery hours: 414-224-3220;
Exhibition info: Helena Ehlke, Coordinator 414-224-3832