Area gold key winners in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards won 47 awards during national judging, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art announced today.
The national winners will be honored at a Formal/Funky reception 5:30-8 p.m. today at the art museum, 311 E. Main St., which hosted the regional Scholastic competition. The reception is open to any Scholastic student participant and teacher; admission is $5.
The number of national winners represents an increase of 17 from the 30 won last year. The 2013 winners also include a South Bend student whose gold medal writing portfolio award also carries with it a $10,000 cash award, said Max Meyer, the art museum's director of children's education.
Meyer believes the 47 national awards will put the Museum of Art among the top 10 Scholastic regionals nationally — and likely among the top five — based on number of national awards.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are open to middle school and high school students. This year's regional competition at the Museum of Art included more than 2,415 individual art entries and 70 art portfolios and 1,172 individual writing entries and 22 writing portfolios.
The event, which is co-sponsored by The News-Sentinel, includes art entries from students at schools in 13 Indiana counties and 13 Ohio counties. The writing competition includes students from schools in 39 Indiana counties and 13 Ohio counties.
The winning art and writing entries are on display now through April 7 at the Museum of Art. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, except open until 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon-5 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $7, adults; $5, students in kindergarten through college; and $12, families. Admission is free to members and military personnel and their families Tuesday-Sunday. The museum also offers free admission to all visitors 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays.