The Nevada Museum of Art invites Northern Nevada students in grades 7 ­– 12 (ages 13 and up) to submit creative and original artwork to the nation’s longest-running art competition. In response to the health and safety guidelines for Covid-19, several changes have been implemented this year to ease the submission process.
The Nevada Museum of Art invites Northern Nevada students in grades 7 ­– 12 (ages 13 and up) to submit creative and original artwork to the nation’s longest-running art competition. In response to the health and safety guidelines for Covid-19, several changes have been implemented this year to ease the submission process.
RENO — The Nevada Museum of Art invites Northern Nevada’s creative teens (grades 7-12) to submit original artwork to the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards, the nation’s longest-running art competition. 

From film to fashion, ceramics to photography, and all mediums in between, students are encouraged to enter their unique, personal visions via digital upload now through Dec. 10, at the Scholastic Art Awards website. 

The Museum is hosting the regional Scholastic Art Awards for the 23rd consecutive year. 

For the first time, the institution will partner with the University of Nevada Reno, School of the Arts, and College of Liberal Arts to present the exhibition and ceremony.

Select winning artworks will be exhibited at the Sheppard Contemporary Gallery at the Lilley Museum of Art at the University from February 5 through March 5, 2021. 

A celebration ceremony is planned at Nightingale Hall, Feb. 19, 2021, pending gathering regulations due to Covid-19. University officials believe the new relationship with the Museum will further connect young artists to higher education.

“The Lilley Museum, the School of the Arts, and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, are thrilled to partner with the Nevada Museum of Art in hosting the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards,” Vivian Zavataro, Director of the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno, said. “Our collective intention is to recognize and honor the amazing artistic talents of Northern Nevada middle and high school students while also providing an opportunity for these students to learn more about creative and academic life at the University.”

Last year, a panel of local judges sorted through more than 2,000 works submitted in 16 categories for the Northern Nevada visual arts component of the 2020 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, overseen by the Nevada Museum of Art.

This year, middle and high school students (ages 13 or older) must submit their entries digitally to maintain a contactless and safe submission process. No physical entries, cash or check submission payments will be accepted. To accommodate students who are on a fully distance or hybrid learning mode, teacher signatures on entry forms are no longer required.

“Enhancing educational opportunities in the community is always our priority,” said Jacque Dawson, Nevada Museum of Art Nell J. Redfield School Services Manager. “During this difficult time, it is vital that we have opportunities for students to explore what they are capable of creating. We believe that encouraging students to discover and cultivate their creative skills is the foundation to support innovative thinkers of the future.”

Categories include ceramics & glass, mixed media, digital art, drawing & illustration, photography, fashion, film & animation, and more. Entries will be judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a unique, personal vision.

The deadline to submit is Thursday, Dec. 10. 

Participating students can visit the Scholastic Art & Writing website, https://www.artandwriting.org/affiliate/NV001A/, for specific submission details. 

Students will be notified of their award status by Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Each year since 1999, the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery, has overseen the Northern Nevada regional visual arts component of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, honoring exceptional middle and high school students from Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine counties.

Students submitting original work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards follow in the footsteps of distinguished Awards alumni including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon and Reno’s own Michael Sarich.