Scholastic Art Awards of NH winners announced

There were 2,152 submissions of art by public, parochial and private schools from grades 7-12 competing for recognition in the Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire on Jan. 10-11.

The program celebrates its 17th year under the administration of the New Hampshire Art Educators Association, a regional affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

In 2015, young artists and writers were granted more than $1 million in scholarships and prizes through the program. Alumni of the awards include some of the country’s leading artists and writers, such as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, Philip Pearl Stein, Paul Newman and Richard Avedon.

Students from all over the United States submit work in 16 visual art categories, with the regional recipients forwarded to New York in mid-February for national adjudication. The national awards ceremony and exhibition will take place in June in New York City with a Gold Medal awards ceremony in Carnegie Hall.

Seven panels of judges awarded 961 awards, of which 293 were Gold Keys that will represent New Hampshire at the national competition. There were 330 Silver Keys and 338 Honorable Mentions.

Recognized portfolio students planning on attending a postsecondary school and majoring in art will have an opportunity to be considered for additional scholarships provided by several New England colleges.

The Dorothy Messenger Scholarship was awarded to Anna Michaud, a student at Alvirne High School. This scholarship identifies a Gold Key recipient who did not receive top recognition for a portfolio, but has the interest and desire to pursue postsecondary art training.

The Best of Show awards were given to the top 12 artworks in the competition, with the top five receiving the American Visions Award Nominations. These works are awarded from the individual submissions. Each of the 12 student nominees receive a $100 prize, with the five AV nominees competing for the opportunity to represent New Hampshire in the national exhibition in New York City.

Among those receiving the an American Vision Award Nomination was Stefani Stroms, a junior at Milford High School.

For more information, contact Sheila Hoglund or the program administrator, Scott Chatfield, at or 471-9041.

Here is a list of local award winners:


Sean McGadden, grade 12, Bedford High School, Honorable Mention.



Sofia Anderson, grade 10, Honorable Mention; Turner Brown, grade 9, Gold Key; Isabelle Kapoian, grade 11, Silver Key; Jillian LeVeille, grade 10, Gold Key; Sean McGadden, grade 12, Honorable Mention; Claire Pellegrini, grade 11, Honorable Mention; Mikayla Sears, grade 11, Silver Key.


Noah Doherty, grade 12, of Nashua, Honorable Mention.

Rosie Steiner, grade 11, of Hollis, Gold Key.