Congratulations to the 2020 NYC Scholastic Awards Winners!

To all of our Honorable Mention, Silver Key, and Gold Key winners, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWARD!! Your incredible diligence has paid off. After all those hours you spent cleaning paint brushes, editing metaphors, and recoiling in your creativity. You should be proud of your work ethic, vision and execution.

Dear New York City Scholastic Awards Community,

Thank you for participating in the 2020 NYC Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! We received nearly 12,000 submissions this year from young people across the five boroughs of New York City.

The 2020 NYC Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Adjudications were successfully organized in partnership with The New School. Jurors gathered the first weekend of January to consider visual and written works from creative teens. Jurors evaluated submissions based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Like always, all submissions were adjudicated blindly, ensuring jurors could not access information identifying the work’s creator.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to the 150+ educators, artists, writers, curators and editors who offered their time to recognize the work and talent of NYC’s creative teens. We also thank The New School for graciously hosting us, and the stellar moderators for arbitrating the art adjudications.

Ellie Wang, Marching with the Crowd, Painting. Grade 8, IS 119 The Glendale, Glendale, NY. Jinyoung Kim, Educator. Gold Key, 2020.

NYC Scholastic Awards Recipients

You can access a general list of all the 2020 NYC Honorable Mention, Silver Key and Gold Key winners below:

Certificates of Achievements and Congratulatory Letters are available digitally via the student dashboard as of the Regional Notification Day, Friday, January 31. Please remember to downloaded certificates and letters prior to March 15, 2020. They will not be made available after that date.

Certificates of Achievement will bear students’ names exactly as they are listed in our Online Registration System (ORS). The Scholastic Awards staff will NOT accommodate requests for edits. Student and educator names appear exactly as they were entered into ORS.

Silver and Gold Key recipients must attend the NYC Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 22 at The New School to receive their key pin(s). Likewise, American Visions and Voices nominees must attend the NYC Awards Ceremony to receive their American Visions/Voices seals. Please add the date to your calendar now and share with educators, family and friends. The NYC Scholastic Art Awards ceremony will run from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. The NYC Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony will run from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. More detailed information can be found on the NYC BLOG.

Gold Key works automatically advance to the national round of adjudications, where they will have the opportunity to be awarded a Silver or Gold Medal. The list of 2020 National Silver and Gold Medalists will be published on the website on March 16, National Notification Day.

George Boulukos, Seeing Double, Photography. Grade 11, Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York, NY. Susan Now, Educator. Gold Key, 2020

Tune in Art Gold Key Winners!

Remember if you are an art gold key recipient, and your work is on the eligible gold key awarded list below, please coordinate dropping off your artwork at one of our satellite locations on the dates and times listed below.

  • Choose ONE Eligible Gold Key Awarded, two-dimensional work to drop off at one of our satellite locations. If you are awarded more than one Gold Key, please select the work of your choosing to be exhibited.
  • If you are 17 years or younger, have a parent/guardian sign the Student Notification and Consent Form & include it with your artwork. 
  • If you are 18 years or older, sign the Student Notification and Consent Form & include it with your artwork. 

Satellite Art Work Drop Off Locations

Scholastic Inc.
130 Mercer Street (Lobby)

Thursday, February 64 pm – 7 pm
Friday, February 7, 4 pm – 7 pm
Saturday, February 8, 10 am – 2 pm

Ashcan Studio of Art (Flushing), 36-26 Main Street, Suite 3X
Monday, February 3, 11 am – 8 pm
Wednesday, February 5, 11 am – 8 pm
Thursday, February 6, 11 am – 8 pm
Friday, February 7, 11 am – 8 pm

Ashcan Studio of Art (Little Neck), 252-20 Northern Blvd., Suite 2019
Monday, February 3, 11 am – 8 pm
Tuesday, February 4, 11 am – 8 pm
Wednesday, February 5, 11 am – 8 pm
Thursday, February 6, 11 am – 8 pm

Andrew Freedman Home (the Bronx), 1125 Grand Concourse, Library 
Thursday, February 64 pm – 7 pm
Friday, February 7, 4 pm – 7 pm
Saturday, February 8, 10 am – 2 pm

Do NOT go to The Met to drop-off your artwork. It will not be accepted.
Do NOT visit the Scholastic Awards office to drop-off artwork outside of the scheduled times provided above as unscheduled drop-offs will not be accommodated.
Do NOT deliver artwork via messenger service as Scholastic Awards staff is unable to interrupt their work to sign-off for deliveries. The NYC Scholastic Awards does not accept responsibility for artwork that is not physically dropped-off during the scheduled times listed below.
Do consider transporting your artwork with a protective covering to keep it protected from the elements. All protective coverings will be discarded by the Exhibitions. Please remove the covering from your artwork after it is logged by Scholastic Awards staff if you do not want it discarded.

Jemely Robles, Smile, Painting. Grade 12, High School of Art & Design, New York, NY. James Harrington, Educator. Gold Key, 2020

Remember, if you did not receive an award this year, work on your craft, get feedback, erase the imaginary bounds trapping you in a box, and soar. We can not wait to see what kinds of mind-boggling submissions we receive from you in the Fall.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please send them to with the following information embedded in your email:

  • Clear subject line (ex: “Regional Notification Question”)
  • I am a…student, parent/guardian, educator, etc.
  • If you’re submitting art or writing, or both
  • The full name associated with your account
  • The email address/username associated with your account
  • The title or bar code of the work

Due to the high volume of emails we receive at this time, please expect to receive a response within 3 – 5 business days. We will prioritize answering questions not found in the FAQs. If your question is addressed in the FAQ, please expect a delay in our response time or not to receive a response at all.


Art & Resistance Through Education Special Invitation

On behalf of ARTE (Art & Resistance Through Education), a local nonprofit that engages young people to amplify their voices and organize for human rights change through the visual arts, we extend a personal invite to NYC youth.

To RSVP, click here:

The workshop dates are the following:

  • Saturday, February 1st, 2-4pm
  • Alternative weather date: Saturday, February 8th, 2-4pm

Queens Council on the Arts Call for Applications

The Queens Council on the Arts is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors in the NYC area for their spectacular Visual Arts Portfolio Development Program, High School to Art School. Please follow the link to apply by Saturday, February 1, for the spring session.

Special Invitation to an Author Talk with Ben Horowitz

Join a conversation with author Ben Horowitz, an American businessman, investor, blogger and hip hop lover, hosted by Queens Public Library hip hop coordinator, Ralph McDaniels.

Ben Horowitz will discuss his latest book, What You Do is Who You Are on Thursday, February 13 at 6pm at the Central (Adult Public Area) of the Queens Public Library at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard.

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