Mid South Scholastic Art Awards


This event, an outgrowth of Junior Mid-South Exhibition, reaches out to art teachers in over 500 schools in a three state area: West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi. Our region is one of six multi-state regions who are affiliates of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program which was started in 1923 by Maurice Robinson. Student’s (public, private, home-schooled) in grades 7-12 are encouraged to participate. Each region strictly adheres to the procedural requirements of Scholastics - all entries are judged by a panel of professional artists or art educators and winning designations are awarded the emblematic Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention certificates, and the American Visions & Voices Nominees to deserving students locally.

Local winners, Gold and Silver Key, receive cash prizes and scholarship funds. The League, with help from various supporters, awarded more than $11,800 in cash prizes and scholarship funds in 2014. Full scholarships from Arkansas State University, Christian Brothers University, Memphis College of Art, University of Memphis and the University of Mississippi were also awarded. The works of local Gold Key winners are sent to New York to be judged against national Gold Key winners from across the country. At the national competition winning seniors are eligible for scholarships from a network of 60 plus art institute’s, universities, colleges, and summer programs.

Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key winners have won many National awards. In just the last five years 19 GOLD MEDALS, 34 SILVER MEDALS and 2 AMERICAN VISIONS MEDALS were awarded. In 2014 one of our students won a Gold Medal for her Art Portfolio. Only 16 of these awards are given at the national level, 8 for art portfolios and 8 for writing portfolios. This award came with a $10,000 scholarship to the school of her choice.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has grown to become the nation’s highest honor and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers.

Nationally the Regional Awards programs, such as ours, have encouraged over 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. The Regional Awards programs continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.