STMA Receives the most Scholastic Art Awards in Minnesota!

STMA once again received the most Scholastic Art awards in the state of Minnesota! There were 135 awards for 67 different STMA high school students. Again, this year is extra special because STMA students Esma and Sydney received American Vision Nominations! There are only five American Vision nominations awarded in the state of Minnesota, from across all categories and grades. They are selected from those earning Gold Keys as the “Best-of-Show” for each regional program and will go on to the national awards competition as nominees for the American Vision. There were over 3000 entries for the Scholastic program from across the state and to have 2 of the 5 nominees from our school is a major accomplishment! 

You might wonder what are the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards? The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards program (MSAA) is a statewide regional affiliation of the national Scholastic Art Awards program. The MSAA offers early recognition of creative teenagers and scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.

This program is open to all Minnesota students in grades 7-12. Student entries can be submitted by teachers and individual students. The MSAA winners are celebrated with an exhibition and ceremony hosted by the Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM) and the University of Minnesota Art Department and the Weisman Art Museum.

Spot light on Art Education Award!

 Seniors, Joshua E., Emily M., and Veronica J. have been selected for the : 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners (consecutively) for the spot light on Art Education contest..  The Art Education of Minnesota Board selected these students based on their essays, outstanding credentials and art work. Congratulations to Joshua, Emily, Veronica and Ms. Halker-Saathoff for nominating ALL of them for this significant recognition award.

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge graduating seniors who have demonstrated a high level of artistic, academic, leadership and interpersonal relationship skills. This award is intended to encourage recipients to pursue a career in visual art education. The selection of Joshua, Emily and Veronica to receive this award is also predicated on their instructor’s opinion that she has what it takes to be a qualified visual art instructor.

They each will receive a signed certificate from which copies may be used to serve as an accompanying recommendation with various applications for admission to any post-secondary art education program. The prizes they will also receive are: 1st Place- 200.00; 2nd Place-100.00; 3rd Place– 75.00 gift card for art supplies available through Triarco Art Supplies Catalog. As the 1st Place Winner, Joshua E. and Mrs. Halker are invited to attend and be our honorary guests at our next annual fall conference on November 2019. 


The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded Arts Scholarships

We have more exciting news from the High School Visual Arts Department!

At the April 11, 2019 meeting, The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded Arts Scholarships to sixteen students totaling $24,000.  Six of the sixteen Art scholarships were awarded to  STMA Visual Art students!

The Student Arts Scholarship Program is designed to support individuals entering or enrolled in an accredited institution and who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the arts. Applicants are eligible to receive up to four Student Arts Scholarships in a lifetime.

A panel of volunteer artists, arts professionals and educators evaluate each applicant according to established criteria. The CMAB directors received the recommendation from the panel and awarded funding to applicants that scored the highest.

 Current Graduates:

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Medical Illustration at 
Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Art Scholarship 
BFA in Interior Design at
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

St. Michael, MN 
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship

Product Design at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Former Graduates:

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Art Scholarship Game Design and Development at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship Fine Arts at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts and Theater at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN


US Congressional Art Competition – First and Second Place!

Congratulations to Josh Eull and Mady Vrkljan for their achievement in the US Congressional Art Competition. Josh won a 2nd place with his piece “USBee” and Mady won 1st place with her piece “Until I See You Again”.  Josh’s piece will be displayed in John Emmer’s office and Mady’s piece will be displayed in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. This is a huge honor for our students and our school.

Another National Scholastic Win!

St. Michael-Albertville high school art department is proud to announce that student Morgan Smith (grade 12) received top honors in the National Scholastic Art and Writing contest! Morgan won a Gold Medal and an American Visions Medal for Photography! The title of her piece is called Soulful Moments.

Also, Cobin Szymanski Cobin (grade 10) won a  Silver Medal for a Critical Essay.

This remarkable achievement with nearly 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the 2019 Scholastic Awards. Our student’s work was selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts for excellence in originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Receiving a National Medal places your student(s) within the top 1% of all submissions!

About the Medals:

The American Voices & Visions Medals, the highest regional honors, are given to one writer and one artist from each region.

Five works of writing and five works of art from each region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. From the pool of nominees, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one writer and one artist from each region to receive an American Voices Medal or an American Visions Medal, a non-financial highest regional honor. These Medalists are celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City.