Three from Notre Dame get national art honors

Amelia Cumming and Kevin Cragg head to Carnegie Hall in June as "Gold Key" artists; Koi Edwards earns "Silver Key" status.

Two student-artists from Notre Dame Prep, junior Amelia Cumming and senior Kevin Cragg, learned this week that they earned National Gold Key Awards as part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, one of the highest awards given by Scholastic. Past winners of the National Gold Key Award include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

Cumming won her Gold Key as a result of her painting, "Abby," and Cragg for his colored pencil drawing, "Good and Plenty." Cumming and Cragg will be honored at the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards event planned for Thursday, June 6, at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

In addition — Cumming, for her graphite drawing, "Light Source," and sophomore Koi Edwards, for her graphite drawing, "See No Lies, Caught in a Lie" — earned National Silver Key Awards from Scholastic.

In January, Scholastic announced that 19 Notre Dame Prep student-artists earned a total of 40 awards in its regional competition.

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. 

The process for the art competition begins across the country as young artists and writers in grades 7-12 submit work in 28 categories of art and writing to a network of regional affiliates who present award ceremonies and exhibits for selected works on a local level. Gold Keys, the highest awards, are then submitted from each region 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.

In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top art institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.


Kevin Cragg, ”Good and Plenty,” Colored Pencil, NATIONAL GOLD KEY

Koi Edwards, ”See No Lies. Caught in a Lie,” Graphite Drawing, NATIONAL SILVER KEY

Amelia Cumming, ”Light Source,” Graphite Drawing, NATIONAL SILVER KEY

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