Blair Visual Artists Earn Honors in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Joanne Miceli

Ten Blair students received recognition for their visual artwork in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the northern New Jersey art region. Students submitted their artwork to the Montclair Art Museum (MAM), one of 100 affiliate partners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a panel of professional artists judged it. Dylan Bentley ’22, Kate Gerdsen ’20 and Xiaopei Chen ’21 received Gold Key awards, and their artwork will be displayed in MAM’s Scholastic Art Award exhibition from February 15 to March 22.

Established in 1923 and presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades seven through 12. In addition to Dylan, Kate and Xiaopei, the following Blair students also received recognition in this year’s contest: Christina Tan ’21 (honorable mention), Alice Hwang ’22 (honorable mention), Will Thomas ’22 (one Silver Key, two honorable mentions), Sofia Ciminello ’22 (honorable mention), George Gan ’22 (one Silver Key, two honorable mention), Ava Nothstine ’21 (honorable mention), and Emma Swirbul ’21 (Silver Key, honorable mention). View their award-winning artwork by clicking “play” below.

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