Notre Dame alum’s art to be displayed in D.C.

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Recent grad among student-artists from Notre Dame who earned 45 awards in most recent Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

“Drained,” a charcoal drawing by Notre Dame alum Gretchen Altenberger (’17), will be displayed in the U.S. Department of Education building in Washington, D.C.

Gretchen Altenberger, who graduated from Notre Dame in May, has been honored with the year-long display of her 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Gold Key drawing titled, “Drained,” within the offices of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

Altenberger was among student-artists from Notre Dame who earned 45 awards in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition for the Southeastern Michigan region.

According to Sandy LewAllen, Notre Dame’s art chair, earning 45 awards tops the number of awards ever won at Notre Dame Prep.

“I am so proud of all our art students and their efforts,” she said in January after learning of the awards, which included 16 Gold Keys, 16 Silver Keys and 13 Honorable Mentions.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King and John Updike.

Altenberger, who will be attending the College for Creative Studies this year, received one of only seven full scholarships from the prestigious art school located in Detroit.


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