Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Cornish

Since 2015, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has partnered with Cornish College of the Arts to bring the Scholastic Awards to Washington State. Teens in grades 7 – 12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices Nominations are celebrated with an exhibition and ceremony hosted in Seattle. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by a panel of creative-industry experts to be considered for National Medals and are recognized at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards 2019

Congratulations to our Award Recipients for 2019!

On behalf of the Alliance for Arts and Writers, and Cornish College of the Arts, we are pleased to announce the following award recipients for 2019.

American Visions & Voices Nominees

Five works, from across all categories and grades, are selected from those earning Gold Keys as the “Best-of-Show” for each local program as nominees for the American Visions & Voices Medals.  

Closing Ceremony

Closing ceremony, award presentation for all winners, and presentation of the American Voices work will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in the

President's Gallery at Cornish College of the Arts
Main Campus Center
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121

3:00 pm - Exhibition Opens

More About Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, and Sylvia Plath. More recently, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens.

National Gold Medalists will be announced later in the spring and will be honored during a special awards ceremony in New York City in June. All National Medalists are eligible for a wealth of additional opportunities such as inclusion in the Art.Write.Now.Tour traveling exhibition and The Best Teen Writing anthology. National Medalist poets are considered for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.

A complete list of 2019 regional Gold Key Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients is available online at

All Honorees

Download these spreadsheets for a complete lists of all regional honorees in the 2019 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards.



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