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Minnesota Scholastic Art Award

I’m little late with this post. This is my third year being a juror of the Minnesota Scholastic Art Award (MSAA). The MSAA is a statewide regional affiliation of the National Scholastic Art Awards, which offers recognition of creative teenagers and scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. Every year it’s hosted by MCAD, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I’ve enjoyed it every year.  This year was much easier than in the past.  Last year I judged at all seven categories: Painting, Drawing, Ceramics-glass, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Photography and Video/Film/Animation, 1,232 pieces of art.  This year my job was just to judge the ceramics.  When I was finished I kept thinking was that it.   Where is the rest of the work? 

It’s amazing the amount of quality artwork that was submitted. As an art teacher, that also, submits students work into competition, I regretted every time I didn’t give an award, because I know that the teacher had confidence in the student’s artwork, and the student was proud of what they made. But Minnesota has a wealth of very talented young artists. I am deeply honored to have juried this year this year’s Scholastic Art Award.

These are a few of my favorites!  Good Luck Guys!!!

Here is Minnesota Scholastic Art Award’s link to all the artwork that was awarded a Gold Key, Silver Key and went on to Nationals. 

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