Student-artists pick up awards at the DFT


Record-setting art from Notre Dame's upper division includes a "best of show."

Last night, in a ceremony held at the Detroit Film Theatre in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Notre Dame student-artists were honored alongside hundreds of fellow high school artists in the area who earned accolades in the Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.

Sandy LewAllen, Notre Dame’s art chair, said she was super proud to watch the NDP artists accept the school-record 45 Scholastic Art Awards on stage at the DFT. 

LewAllen also noted that Notre Dame junior and American Vision award winner Sophia Shick had her artwork published on the cover of last night’s program.

A public exhibit of all the artwork, which has been mounted at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, also opened last night. The exhibit is held annually at CCS and features approximately 1,100 works of art displayed throughout all four levels of the college’s Walter B. Ford II Building. 

The 45 pieces of art by Notre Dame student artists that earned awards from the Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition represents a new record for the school. 

LewAllen said Shick’s artwork that received the American Vision Award means her piece was chosen as the “Best of Show” from all of the artwork entered in this year’s Southeastern Michigan regional competition. 

More than 5,000 pieces of art from the region were entered in this year's competition and NDP earned 13 Gold Keys, the highest possible distinction in the annual art awards, which was started in the early 20th century by New York City-based Scholastic Corporation. In addition, 16 Gold Keys, 16 Silver Keys and 13 Honorable Mentions were earned by Notre Dame student-artists.

Notre Dame’s Gold Key winners will now be submitted for national adjudication by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. National Gold and Silver Medal winning students and their teachers receive national recognition, and are invited to attend the exhibit in New York and award ceremony at Carnegie Hall.

Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the 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.

The complete list of Southeastern Michigan Regional competition award winners is here.

All of Notre Dame's winning artwork is posted here.

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