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Golden Key to the Big Apple
Golden Key to the Big Apple
Grayson County Schools
Friday, February 07, 2020

Artworks by GCHS student Natalie Conder are headed to National Scholastic Awards competition in New York next month. Conder was awarded two Gold Keys, the highest honor, in the category of Drawing and Illustration. She also received a Silver Key, and an Honorable Mention.

Other GCHS artists joining Conder with honors were Cassie Priddy, Hannah Rogers, and Brianna Wiggers, all with Honorable Mentions in Painting. 

Their works are currently being featured in the Scholastic Art & Writing exhibition which runs through February 28 at SkyPAC. They will be honored at an awards ceremony on Feb. 29, along with their teacher, Beverly Dowell.

According to the SkyPAC website, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards date back to 1923, and are evaluated on three primary criteria: originality; technical skill; and personal voice or vision.

The Awards place a high priority on work that challenges boundaries to communicate new and interesting ideas. Noteworthy artists and writers who have earned Scholastic Awards as teenagers include: Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford, and Joyce Carol Oates.

This year the Scholastic Awards received hundreds of thousands of submissions in 29 categories from students in the United States and US schools abroad. In the 23-county region that includes Grayson County, over 800 works were received, with only 150 art and writing pieces selected to be featured in the South Central Kentucky regional exhibition. National Awards will be announced on March 16. 

Award designations include:

Gold Key: The very best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national recognition.

Silver Key: Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.

Honorable Mention: Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential.

Natalie Conder in front of her pieces, Top Left “Brother Jerry’s House” (Gold Key), Top Right “St. Paul School” (Silver Key), Right Middle “Cody’s House” (Gold Key), Bottom Right “Splat” (Honorable Mention).   White framed drawing is not Natalie’s.

Hannah Rogers and her piece, “Not an Angel.”

Cassie Priddy and her piece, “Faun’s Gaze.”

“Monochromatic Portrait,” by Brianna Wiggers.

Advanced Art students of GCHS art teachers Eddie Anderson and Beverly Dowell recently visited the Scholastic Art and Writing Exhibit at SkyPAC