2021 MHSL Art Competition Results

The STMA high school Art Department is proud to announce the results of the 2021 MHSL art awards. STMA students participated in the 5AA MHSL art competition on Saturday, May 1st. Twelve judges rated works based on composition, craftsmanship, problem solving, and expressive qualities. Students are also rated on their ability to articulate their works merit in these categories. The ten 5AA schools that participate were: STMA, Rogers, Anoka, East Ridge, Benilde St. Margaret, Spring Lake Park, Maple Grove, Totino Grace, Columbia Heights and Osseo.

STMA received 2 of the 12 spotlight awards, 12 Superior awards (top award) and 5 Excellent awards. 

Students that received Spotlight awards: Livia P. and Esma A.

Students that received Superior awards: Abi D., Livia P., Barbara M., Natalie P., Katherine B., Caleb W., Amelia J., Avery L., Isabelle J., Reid B., Abigail M., Esma A.

Students that received Excellent awards: Maggie S., Grace E., Emma A., Aria B., and Brittany S.

Raya D wins National Scholastic Silver Key!

The Art Department wants to announce and congratulate  Senior Raya Decker who earned a Silver Medal in the National Scholastic Art Contest! More than 80,000 students submitted nearly 230,000 works of art and writing to the 2020 Scholastic Awards. The work of Raya 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. Only 2,000 works received a National Medal, which places Raya‘s within the top 1% of all submissions!

2021 Minnesota Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

On January 13, 2021, The Minnesota Scholastic Art awards were released. 

The Art Department is pleased to announce the result of the Minnesota Scholastic Award! STMA again has the most winners from across the state of Minnesota and the most gold and silver key awards!  

STMA had a total of 112 winners! Senior Raya D. won the American Vision Nominee. Only five works of art were selected from across the state of Minnesota for this award. We had 27 gold key awards, 36 silver key awards, and 49 honorable mentions. There were around 2000 entries statewide.  

I am so pleased that we have so many winners in a year of a pandemic!  STMA high school had over 70 students participate and over 200 entries. The Weisman Art Museum will be hosting a virtual ceremony for the regional award winners on Facebook live. We will have the opportunity to hear from artists in the community, representatives from the University of MN, and past award winners. The high school is tentatively planning an event for winners around this event. 

The Online Ceremony hosted by the Weisman will be on February 27 at 2 pm. The high school is tentatively planning an event for winners around this event.

The University of Minnesota, Regis Center For The Arts will help create an online exhibition website where students and educators can easily view all award-winning artworks. New this year, a certificate of participation will be available for students who didn’t receive awards!

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. Teachers and individual students can submit student entries. 

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth and provided creative teens opportunities to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. 

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.