Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin now on view

Posted on February 10th, 2015

The Scholastic Art Award artists now on view at Milwaukee Art Museum
Juried work by middle- and high school students allow for national recognition

Milwaukee, Wis. – Feb. 10, 2014 – The Milwaukee Art Museum’s annual exhibition of works by Wisconsin students grades 7–12 is now on view. Over 3,000 individual artworks from 116 schools across the state participated in the Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin in 2015.

Gold and Silver Key winning artists are on display in Schroeder Galleria now through March 22, 2015.
The Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin 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. In awards ceremonies on February 14, student artists will be awarded 201 individual Gold Keys which forwards them on to the National Scholastic Art Awards Competition, and 171 Silver Keys, which allows for statewide recognition of their work.

“It is a privilege to see the work of these young artists and to be a part of their experience in the Scholastic Art Awards,” said Daniel Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. “With so much talent, I have no doubt that choosing the winners was hard for our jury, and I look forward to seeing some of these same artists competing again next year.”

The Scholastic Art Awards are sponsored by the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Heller Family in memory of their parents, James K. and Avis M. Heller, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Flesch Family Fund, Ray and Sue Kehm, James and Carol Wiensch, Vanguard Computers, Inc. and CompURent, and an anonymous donor.

Prominently situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum campus welcomes over 400,000 visitors annually. The Museum was founded over 125 years ago and is the largest and most significant art museum in Wisconsin. It houses a rich collection of over 30,000 works, with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, and American decorative arts. It is the world’s leading repository for work by untrained creators and has one of the largest collections of works by Georgia O’Keeffe. The Museum’s celebrated Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, completed in 2001, showcases both Museum-produced and traveling feature exhibitions.

Beginning in fall 2014, the Museum began an ambitious project to renovate its two oldest buildings, the Eero Saarinen–designed War Memorial Center (1957) and the David Kahler–designed addition (1975), which house the Museum’s Collection Galleries. Increased gallery space, including an entire floor dedicated to photography and new media, an improved gallery layout, and a new lakeside entrance are among the improvements planned. The collections will be off view through fall 2015; however, the Museum is open throughout construction, with a vibrant schedule of exciting exhibitions, educational offerings, and special programs in the Quadracci Pavilion. For more information, visit mam.org.