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. 

2019 Mn. Scholastic Results

STMA again received the most awards in the state of Minnesota! BUT, this year is extra special because STMA students Morgan S., Claire F. and Hannah M. 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 almost 4000 entries for the Scholastic program from across the state and to have 3 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.

Art Administrator of the Year

Mr. Driver has won the Art Educators of Minnesota Art Administrator of the Year Award! Congratulations and thank you for your support. Here are some pieces of his nomination letter

“Mr. Driver is a dedicated, creative, enthusiastic, energetic and tireless leader.  Mr. Driver has an incredible drive for our school to succeed and to be the very best in all disciplines. The other teachers and students respect Mr. Driver.

A few words to describe Mr. Driver are kind, caring, friendly, thoughtful, compassionate, humble and honest.  I enjoy working with Mr. Driver, as he is always very pleasant, respectful, cooperative, and willing to listen. “