Enter the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards!

<h3>We are now accepting submissions for the 2021 Awards</h3>

<h4>Deadline: Thursday, December 10, 2020, 10:59 PM CST</h4>

The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is an annual juried student exhibition presented by your Brooks Museum and the Brooks Museum League. The Awards honors regional students, in grades 7 through 12, for exemplary artworks by recognizing their outstanding achievements in a competitive annual exhibition. Students are invited to submit their work in over 28 categories, including: painting, drawing and illustration, printmaking, photography, fashion, sculpture, architectural design, ceramics, and more.

This year student artwork submissions will be blindly adjudicated by a panel of regional artists, art educators, and other arts professionals January 4-7, 2021. Jurors look for works that exemplify three core values: originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

Gold-key winning artwork will be on view at the Brooks Museum of Art from January 23 – February 21, 2021 and will continue on to national adjudication in New York City with the potential to earn national awards.  For their efforts, students are awarded cash prizes and scholarship opportunities. Since the inception of the competition, students have been awarded millions of dollars in scholarship money for college.

Questions? Contact Kate Renner, Associate Director of Education.

Updates to the 2021 Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers staff have been hard at work this summer finding ways to improve the program and make it easier than ever for students to enter the Awards. From category and submission form updates to new self-identification options in student profiles, here are a few of the changes for 2021.

Student Profiles

Students can now select their pronouns instead of choosing a gender. There are many options, including Prefer not to say and Prefer to self-describe. Students can also select Prefer not to say or Prefer to self-describe when inputting their ethnicity, and can choose more than one pronoun and ethnicity.

Submission Forms        

Educators will not be required to sign submission forms. With many schools switching to online learning this year, we want to ensure all students can enter the Awards. Submission forms still require the signatures of the student and their parent or guardian.

New Website

The new Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website recently launched on October 21! Finding information on the Awards’ new website is easier than ever with a revamped navigation toolbar. New sections like ‘My Region’ quickly help students and educators find important regional information such as deadlines and exhibition dates.

Virtual Adjudication and Awards Ceremony

Several components of the 2021 Awards will be carried out using digital platforms, including judging and the annual awards ceremony. Never fear! The annual exhibition of Gold Key student art WILL be on view as usual at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art January 23 – February 21, 2021.

Category Changes

Expanded Projects is a new art category. This category includes interdisciplinary work that is primarily driven by concept or invites participation by a viewer or community.