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Scholastic Art Awards 2021

Since 1999, Northern Nevada middle and high school students have been invited to submit their artwork to the Scholastic Art Awards competition. The Museum’s annual presentation of the Scholastic Art Awards is scheduled in conjunction with the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a national program designed to identify America’s most gifted young artists and writers. This program has honored some of our nation’s most celebrated artists including Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Michael Sarich, Cindy Sherman, Robert Redford and Andy Warhol.

Students in grades 7-12 (age 13 and up) submit their art which is then judged by a panel of local artists and art professionals. Artworks are eligible for the highest award of Gold Key, a Silver Key or an Honorable Mention based on originality, technical skill and an emergence of a personal vision. Along with going on to compete in the national competition, Gold Key works will also be shown in an exhibition at Sheppard Contemporary gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno. American Visions Nominees are displayed concurrently in the Donald W Reynolds Grand Hall at the Museum.

Northern Nevada Art Submission Deadline

The deadline for submission is Thursday, December 10, 2020. Many changes have been implemented this year to make the process easier. Click here to review submission details.

Northern Nevada Award Announcement

Students will be notified via e-mail by Thursday, January 28, 2021, with information on their award status. A list of the Northern Nevada Award recipients will also be posted here.


February 5 – March 5, 2021

Gold Key Art will be on view at Sheppard Contemporary gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno located in the Church Fine Arts building. American Visions Nominated Art will be on view at Nevada Museum of Art in the Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall on the first floor.

Award Ceremony (pending COVID health and safety measures)

Friday, February 19, 2021 / 6 – 7:30 pm /Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno, located in the Church Fine Arts building. More information will be made available in early 2021.