Be You! Be Original!

For the 2016-2017 Awards season, the slogan Be Seen! Be Original! Be Heard! was introduced via the Call for Submissions poster. The poster featured the Gold Medal awarded painting of Mr. Keiji Ishida who went on to be awarded a National Gold Medal for his Art Portfolio in the 2016-2017 award season. His body of work exemplifies originality, superb technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice/vision – the three criteria upon which all works are adjudicated on both the regional and national levels.

Be Original

Scholastic Awards genuinely wants you to celebrate being you by drawing on your experiences, perspectives etc. to create and submit truly unique work. Being seen and heard are usually easy enough, but being original can sometimes seem difficult to achieve. Fortunately being original is easier than you think!

Last year I had the privilege to meet Jessica Clark, the 2016 Golden Educator Resident and high school educator at Lumberton High School in Lumberton, North Carolina. We asked Jessica to speak at the opening ceremony of Art.Write.Now.Dc 2016-17, a year-long exhibition of student art and writing from the 2016 Scholastic Awards ion display at the U.S. Department of Education. Jessica created a film to accompany her speech. In the film, Jessica explains how she draws on her rich heritage to create. Jessica’s narrative exemplifies how truly easy it is to be original, by simply being you.

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What inspires your creativity? How does your work tell your story? Here are some tips from our staff about submitting original work. Also, check out what some of the 2017 National Art Jurors had to say about the 2017 Gold Key awarded artwork that advanced to the National level of adjudications.

What will you create that wows jurors in the 2018 Awards season? Keep in mind that your work will be evaluated in light of its originality, technical skill and emergence of a personal voice/vision. Submissions open September 13th! The Scholastic Awards team is eager to see your original work.

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