WAYNESBURG – In Sochi the winners get “medaled.” But how about “keyed?” Gold Keyed, that is. Artbeat Gallery, 52 E. High St. Waynesburg, is showcasing Gold Key and best of show winners of the 2014 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and is hosting an opening reception to show off the winners’ accomplishments from 7 to 9 p.m.
Open the gallery door and you’ll be greeted by a fantastically sculpted figure almost seven feet tall by Lyssa Current of Charleroi Area High School.
My sculpture made news!
So I won a silver key in the WNC scholastic art and writing awards for my painting “foreshadowing”
First pic is while I was while I was still working on it
It’s being displayed at a gallery downtown!!
Scholastic’s Art.Write.Now. exhibition opened up at the Warhol last Friday. This scholarly award has been around since 1923 and has been given to the likes of John Baldessari, Ken Burns, Truman Capote, Lena Dunham, Sylvia Plath and, Pittsburgh’s favorite: Andy Warhol.
The show is impressive and wildly contemporary. It’s exciting to be able to preview the work of the next generation of artists to come. Their cultural influences are vast and their relationship with technology is unlike any of the generations that have come before them.
While Scholastic has a variety of awards, judges, and categories, the criteria can be summed up to: originality, technical skill, personal voice, and vision. This exhibition is a catalyst for conversations of where youth are in an art historical context and where they are going. In 2010 Scholastic’s Art and Writing Awards introduced video games as a category and expects to expand the range of work into social and technology spaces in the upcoming years.
Treading Art was lucky enough to have to opportunity to meet award-winner Patrick Hulse and his family. The young artist flew in from New England where he now attends Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His work, a series on the modern housewife, was quirky, well executed and socially relevant.
The opening was a blast and the show is a historical one - it’s not everyday you get to survey the talents of artists with such great potential.
For those followers not in the Pittsburgh region, the exhibition’s final stop on the tour is Cheyanne, WY (April 12-May 15).
* Photographs by Rebecca Lessner