Mira Khazanchi '20 and Paige Crittenden '20 have been selected as award recipients from a pool of 350,000 student submissions received by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Mira received two Silver Keys and one Gold Key for her photography submission “Festivities,” and Paige received a Gold Key for her mixed media drawing “Through Someone Else’s Eyes.”
“I try to encourage our students to put themselves out there and take risks whenever possible,” says Ms. Leslie Garasic, Head of Visual Arts. “Their achievement is a positive reflection on the quality of our visual arts program. These students gain experience from being a part of a national competition and in turn, find out what the arts community is like outside of ODA. This real-life experience also helps to build relationships with the Sarasota community.”
Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts who look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students who receive Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mentions have their work displayed in local exhibitions. Artwork receiving a Gold Key will move on to be judged nationally by a panel of creative-industry professionals, with top winners being recognized at a National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City later this year. Click to view Mira and Paige’s award-winning artwork.