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Work by local student artists featured in annual Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition

Students receive national recognition through Scholastic Art Awards

By - Feb 2nd, 2017 12:07 pm
Looking out over Lake Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Looking out over Lake Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Feb. 2, 2017 – The Milwaukee Art Museum’s annual exhibition of works by Wisconsin students grades 7–12 is on view February 4 through March 19. The 2017 Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition includes 372 individual artworks created by students from more than 100 schools across the state. Gold and Silver Key winning pieces are on display in the Museum’s Schroeder Galleria. The winners were selected from 3,479 total submissions.

The Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition and competition is the regional section of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program, conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc. In awards ceremonies on February 11, 624 student artists will be awarded 153 individual Gold Keys which forwards them on to the National Scholastic Art Awards Competition, 219 Silver Keys which allows for statewide recognition of their work, and 558 honorable mentions.

“It is a pleasure to present the works of these talented young artists and to be a part of their experience in the Scholastic Art Awards,” said Brigid Globensky, Barbara Brown Lee senior curator of education and programs at the Milwaukee Art Museum. “This generation of artists provides visitors an exhibition of such depth and range; the future looks bright for arts in Wisconsin.”

The Milwaukee Art Museum has hosted the Scholastic Art Awards for the Wisconsin region for more than 40 years. A number of artists represented in the Museum’s Collection were Scholastic Award recipients, including Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Harry Bertoia, Nancy Burkert, Red Grooms, Richard Haas, Robert Indiana, David Lenz, Philip Pearlstein, David Salle, Cy Twombly, Tom Uttech and John Wilde.

The Scholastic Art Awards are presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art and an anonymous donor. Additional support is provided by the Heller Family in memory of their parents, James K. and Avis M. Heller; James and Carol Wiensch; Vanguard Computers Inc.; and CompURent.

Related programs

Gallery Talks
Saturday, Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m. (Meet at south end of Schroeder Galleria)
Saturday, March 11, 1:30 p.m. (Meet at south end of Schroeder Galleria)

About the Milwaukee Art Museum

Home to a rich collection of more than 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler‒designed addition. The Museum recently reopened its Collection Galleries, debuting nearly 2,500 world-class works of art within dramatically transformed galleries and a new lakefront addition. This reimagined space also allows for the presentation of additional changing exhibitions.

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