The Wichita Center for the Arts will recognize the award winning students of the 2015 Scholastic Art Awards in two events March 7 and 8. Both events will be hosted by Elizabeth B. Koch and the K.T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc.
Silver Key and Honorable Mention award winners will be recognized at an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The event will be held at The Wichita Center for the Arts, Rounds Gallery. Students who were awarded Silver Key Awards and Honorable Mention will collect their certificates at this open house while attendees view the award-winning work.
The 2015 Scholastic Art Award Gold Key ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, and will be held at The Wichita Center for the Arts, Irene Vickers Baker Theatre. At this ceremony, winning students will receive their Gold Key Award. Additionally, generous individuals, businesses and educational institutions in Kansas who recognize the importance of art in schools will present cash awards and scholarships to several participating students. Last year sponsors gave more than $2,000,000 in scholarships and cash prizes.
This year’s master of ceremonies is Ashley Arnold, news reporter at KSN Channel 3, with introductions by Howard W. Ellington, director emeritus at The Wichita Center for the Arts.
Because of limited space, each recipient may invite two guests to the Gold Key Ceremony. The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be open to the public during that time. All works in the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be on view at The Wichita Center for the Arts through March 8.
The Scholastic Art Awards offer early recognition of creative teenagers and scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The awards are national in scope and administered by the Alliance for Youth Artists and Writers. The process begins as students from across the country in grades 7 through 12, supported by their visual arts teachers and other community mentors, create and submit their best works of art. Each work is reviewed by a panel of art professionals for originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal voice or vision. For more information about The Scholastic Art Awards visit wcfta.com.
About The Wichita Center for the Arts
Originally founded as the Wichita Art Association in 1920, The Wichita Center for the Arts is the area’s oldest and most comprehensive visual and performing arts organization. For 95 years The Wichita Center for the Arts has made art and art education available to the citizens of Wichita and the surrounding communities as a privately funded organization. For more information about The Wichita Center for the Arts, visit www.wcfta.com or call (316) 634-2787.
The gallery at The Wichita Center for the Arts is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Admission is free.