For nearly a century, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards has been the leading recognition program of creative teens in the United States. In 2015, nearly 300,000 works of art were judged in regional competitions throughout the country, with more than $250,000 in scholarship funds awarded.
Colorado student artists submitted more than 5,500 works of art to the regional competition. Included were pieces in individual and portfolio categories submitted by students working under Fountain Valley School Arts Faculty Mark Dillon P '08 '10 '11 (ceramics and metalsmithing), Addie Green '06 (studio arts) and Cheye Pagel '09 (photography).
Colorado Art Awards
Owen Bedford ’16 was the recipient of two awards; a Silver Key designation for his ceramic art portfolio and a Gold Key for an individual work from the portfolio.
Abigail Gustke ’16 also received two individual awards in ceramics; a Gold Key for her work “Burning Under the Ocean,” as well as an Honorable Mention award for a second ceramic piece.
Samantha Pratt ’16 received two Honorable Mention Awards for her paintings “Alaskan Woman” and “Jessi Tompkins.”
Greer Hill ’16 received a Silver Key Award for her ceramic wall construction.
Elle Markley ’17 received a Silver Key Award for her digital photograph “Reflections.”
All of the selected FVS student work along with more than 500 other award winning artworks from across Colorado will be on display at the History Colorado Center in Denver from Feb. 12-March 18, with an opening reception on Feb. 12, and awards ceremony on March 5. As Gold Key winners, Bedford and Gustke will also be eligible for national awards. Selected work from the regional exhibition will move to the Denver Art Museum for an exhibition throughout April.