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It's a privilege to honor area student writers and artists

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 12:01 am

I look forward to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition hosted by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art each year because I have the privilege of being a judge in the writing competition and of purchasing artwork for The News-Sentinel.

This year I helped judge journalism writing (one of 10 categories in the competition) and enjoyed reading and evaluating a couple of dozen entries from high school students.

I also love viewing all the artwork of various media in considering possible purchases from the winning entries in the annual regional competition for high school and middle school students in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

This year I picked two.

One is a bowl sculpture (titled “Pointless”) made from yellow No. 2 pencils by Canterbury High School senior David Ryker. The other is a landscape oil painting called “South Carolina” by sophomore Elizabeth Rudolph of Carroll.

The two gold-key winners will be put on display in our gallery at The News-Sentinel, 600 West Main St. We currently have 60 pieces of artwork on display, from paintings, drawings and photographs to sculptures and jewelry.

The News-Sentinel has co-sponsored the Scholastic Arts competition here since 1972.

This year there were 2,710 art entries and 1,575 writing entries in the regional competition.

Art entries came from students at middle schools and high schools in 13 Indiana counties and 13 Ohio counties.

The writing competition includes students from schools in 39 Indiana counties and 13 Ohio counties.

At 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Grand Wayne Center, high school students and their families from all over northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio will gather for the presentation of the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The public gets a chance to see the artwork on screen at the awards presentation and in person at a reception at the art museum afterward.

Gold keys are the highest awards, followed by silver keys and honorable mentions. The News-Sentinel will publish a complete list of winners in Thursday’s Ticket! section, which will available to those attending the Feb. 9 awards presentations.

Gold-key winners in this regional competition will advance to national judging. Last year, the Museum of Art’s region finished as one of the top four nationally based on having 47 national award winners.

This year’s winning Scholastic Art Awards art and writing entries will be on display from Feb. 9 through April 6. However, in preparation for the FWMoA Gala, during the week of March 3-10, the exhibition will be temporarily altered and not all objects will be on view because of other events at the Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.

National winners will be announced at a reception March 17 at the art museum.

Kerry Hubartt is editor of The News-Sentinel.