Archive for November 2nd, 2016


Scholastic Art and Congressional Art Awards

November 2, 2016

Art and writing


Opportunity for high school students – National Scholastics Art and Writing awards and Congressional Art Awards. These are competitions for students to submit original artwork and to promote a student’s personal voice or vision.

Art teachers: please visit the National Scholastics website at and register as an art educator.  Art educators are required to create a new profile every year. Next step: Interested students grades 7 through 12; need to create or update their profile. (Students do not have to create a new profile every year.)

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-9-11-50-pmHigh School Artwork receiving Silver Key and Gold Key recognition will then be considered for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.


Congressional Art Awards

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.


Sep. 13 First Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators: Welcome
Sep. 14 Scholastics website opens for registration!
Sep. 26 Mail Art Educators classroom poster to school.
Oct. 12 Second Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators: Updates
Nov. 12 Third Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators: Updates
Dec. 1 Fourth Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators; Updates
Dec. 12 Fifth Communication (E-Newsletter) to Art Educators; Final Reminder!
Dec. 15 All Digital Submissions due! (Via the National Scholastics website.)
Dec. 17 Postmarked deadline of forms and payment; mail to MECA
Dec. 21 Forms and payment received by mail to Maine College of Art (MECA)
Dec. 18 -Jan. 2 Processing Entries: at Maine College of Art
Jan.  3 – 6 Judging at Maine College of Art
Jan. 7 – 9 Students and art teachers are notified of the jury decisions by email
Jan. TBA (14 to 21) Artwork Drop off at Maine College of Art
Jan. TBA Email regarding Exhibition RSVP
Jan. 26 Gold Keys digitally sent to Nationals: digital only and automatically.
Jan. 21 to 28 Hang Exhibition at Maine College of Art
Jan. 28-Feb 11 Exhibition: at Maine College of Art. Open for class visits.
Feb. TBA Congressional Art Awards Judging
Feb. TBA Students who qualify to compete in the CAC will be informed
Feb. 3 First Friday 5 to 8pm. Great opportunity to see the show!
Feb. 11 Scholastics Award Ceremony at MECA (Snow date: Feb. 12)
Time: TBA Awards Ceremony and artwork is taken home.
Feb. 11 CAC Winners artwork is collected by Maine Arts Commission
Feb. TBA Congressional Art Awards Notification of Decision
Feb. 17 Closing Email letter
Mar. 14 National Recognitions Announced: check Scholastics website
TBA Congressional Art Awards Exhibition
May TBA Congressional Art Awards Reception in Augusta, ME
May TBA CAC District 1 and 2 1st place winners artwork taken to Washington DC
June 2017 TBA National Scholastics Exhibition in New York City; invitation only
June 2018 TBA CAC District winners work returns home from Washington DC

Volunteers Needed

1.      Processing entries: 1 day, up to 4 hours, up to 6 people
2.      Judging Day: 1 monitor per day
3.      Accepting artwork: Shifts of 2 people, 2 hours each
4.      Hanging the Exhibition: 4 people, 4 hours each
5.      Award Ceremony and Reception: 2 to 6 people, 1 to 2 hours each
Closing De-install: 3/4 people 1 to 2 hours each

If you have any questions please contact Liam Sullivan at

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