Scholastic Art Awards


The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards competition is the regional Scholastic event for our area.

Dates for the 2017 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Competition:

MSAA exhibition - Tues. Jan. 31 - Sat. Feb. 18th at the Regis Center for Art's West Gallery at 418 21st Avenue S.

***Across from the Katherine Nash Gallery***

MSAA awards - Sat. Feb. 18th at the Weisman Art Museum

Ceremony #1: 10 AM - 11 AM

Schools: St. Paul Academy & Summit School - Upper, Benilde-St. Margaret's, Blake School - Upper, Breck School, Coon Rapids High School, Cretin-Durham Hall, Edina Senior High School, Hopkins High School, Irondale Senior High School, Jefferson High School, Minnehaha Academy - North Campus, St. Paul Preparatory School, Valley View Middle School, Wabasha Kellogg Secondary School, White Bear Lake High School North, White Bear Lake High School South

Ceremony #2: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Schools: Perpich Center Arts High School, Champlin Park High School, Eastview High School, Fridley High School, Holy Family High School, Lakeville North High School, Lakeville South High School, Maple Grove Senior High School, Mounds Park Academy, North High School, Northfield High School, Rogers High School, Roosevelt Middle School

Ceremony #3: 1 PM - 2 PM

Schools: St. Michael-Albertville High School, Blaine High School, Cambridge-Isanti High School, Convent of the Visitation High School, Creative Arts Secondary School, Dillworth-Glyndon-Felton High School, East Ridge High School, Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, Great River Montessori School, Hawley High School, Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School, Heritage Christian Academy, Hubert Olson Middle School, Hutchinson High School, Mankato East High School, Math & Science Academy, Parkview Center School, Pierz Healy High School, Sauk Rapids Rice Senior High School, School of Environmental Studies, Simley High School, Southwest Christian High School, Southwest High School, Spring Lake Park High School, Winona Senior High School, Oakview Middle School

Ceremony #4: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Schools: Wayzata High School, Apple Valley High School, Central Middle School, Eden Prairie High School, Elk River Area High School, Forest Lake Senior High School, Maccray High School, Minnetonka High School, Mound Westonka High School, New Prague High School, Rockford High School, St. Croix Preparatory High School, Stillwater Area Senior High School, Sunrise Park Middle School, Underwood High School, Park Center Senior High School

Ceremony #5: 4 PM - 5 PM

Schools: Anoka Middle School for the Arts, Anoka Senior High School, Andover High School, Chanhassen High School, Chaska High School, Columbia Heights High School, Orono High School, Osseo Senior High School, Prior Lake High School, Providence Academy, Woodbury High School


Pick up - Feb. 18-20   at the Regis Center’s West Gallery - Times: 2/18: 3:30 PM - 6 PM, 2/19: 12 PM - 3 PM, 2/20: 3 PM - 5 PM

More information and instructions will be sent out online through Constant Contact to all secondary art teachers.

Click HERE for the link to the 2017 Gold Key Award Winners

Click HERE for the link to the 2017 Silver Key Award Winners 

Click HERE for the Link to the 2017 Honorable Mention Award Winners.

Check out the upcoming spring issue of the Art Exchange for more information about the 2017 MSAA Competition.



Last year's 2016 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards was the biggest competition up until this year in the history of the event in Minnesota. Over 300 Gold Key Awards and almost 300 Silver Key Awards with an additional 640 (approximate) Honorable Mention Awards. This year's competition set a record with over 4300 entries submitted including 146 portfolios! 


The Gold and Silver Key Award winners were honored at the Weisman Art Museum during 5 separate ceremonies to accomodate the roughly 1,000 people who attended. Keynote speakers addressing the award winners and attendees were:

  • Lyndel King - head of the Weisman Art Museum
  • Matthew Zefeldt- painting and drawing instructor at the University of Minnesota
  • Patrick Redmond - graphic designer and artist at and a former President of 
    AIGA Minnesota (

  • Anne Labovitz - professional photographer, film-maker, artist


Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community–-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

Artwork was contributed in 13 different categories. Any student from 7th through 12th grade was eligible to submit one or more single works of art as well as a portfolio made up of 8 works of art. Works that are judged as being successful for inclusion in the exhibit are awarded either a Gold Key Award, a Silver Key Award or an Honorable Mention. All works that receive a Gold Key Award are automatically entered in the National Scholastic Art Awards competition that takes place in New York. Beginning in 2015 the MSAA exhibition is being hosted at the University of Minnesota's Regis Center for the Arts with the award ceremonies taking place at the Weisman Art Museum.

Congratulations to all of the students with winning entries and a huge thank you to the art teachers, parents and guardians who have supported these students as well as those whose work was not selected to be in the show this year!!

Click here for the list of the 2016 Minnesota Scholastic Art Award Winners.

Click here  to view the Gold Key Award winning work.

Click here  to view the Silver Key Award winning work.

Click here to view the Honorable Mention Award winning work.


The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (MSAA) exhibition and awards ceremonies are made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, contributors and Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM). To learn more about how you can contribute to AEM, please visit



The University of Minnesota presented the 2016 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards, with exhibitions of artworks by professional artist jurors and student award winners at the Regis Center for Art and an Awards Ceremony at the Weisman Art Museum. The presentation of the MSAA exhibitions and awards ceremony at the Regis Center for Art and the Weisman Art Museum demonstrates the high level of achievement by art students across the state of Minnesota, and the exceptional academic resources at the University of Minnesota for the study, practice and presentation of the visual arts.

Connor Sherod, Gold Key Award Winner


Howard Lake-Waverly High School
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest running, most prestigious competition and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers in the United States. The Awards program was created in 1923 by Maurice R. "Robbie" Robinson, founder of Scholastic Corporation, and has been administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers since 1994. It has an impressive legacy and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, and Joyce Carol Oates and many others.

Elise Huntgren, Gold Key Award Winner

"Colors of Me"

M.A.C.C.R.A.Y. Senior High School

Established to ensure that literary and artistic talent were recognized in schools and communities across the country, the program began as a small writing contest; today, it offers recognition in 27 diverse categories including animation, architecture, dramatic script, fashion, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture and video games. The Awards are open to all students in grades 7 through 12 from public, private and home schools throughout the U.S. (and its territories), as well as American-run schools abroad and community programs serving eligible student populations.

Olivia Boffeli, Gold Key Award Winner

"Mind Bending Perception"

Woodbury Gigh School
The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers gives out over a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to top award-winning creative teens to help fund their continued education. Each year, 15 Portfolio Gold Medalists receive $10,000 awards, representing the highest level of achievement for graduating seniors. In addition, national award-winning seniors are eligible for scholarships from a network of 60-plus arts institutes, universities, colleges, and summer programs, which annually earmark well over $5 million in financial aid and scholarships for Scholastic Award winners.


Nathan Williams, Gold Key Award Winner

"Majestic Rust"

St. Michael-Albertville High School

The Scholastic Art Awards are also recognized by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of leading art and design colleges in the United States, as an effective way for artistic students to develop successful portfolios for college admission.

Marcos Ferreira, Gold Key Award Winner

"Man and Earth"

Columbia Heights High School

The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards program is organized and administered by the Art Educators of Minnesota. Art Educators of Minnesota is a non-profit 501(c)(3) professional organization dedicated to supporting the professional interests and concerns of visual and media arts educators at all levels. Art Educators of Minnesota supports advocacy for quality arts education for all learners, supports visual art student events that recognize artistic expression and quality, encourages professional growth and collaboration by providing networking opportunities to share ideas and information, informs its members about current trends and issues, fosters leadership, and acknowledges professional excellence in visual and media arts education.


Reilly Knutson, Gold Key Award Winner

"City Roots"

Chanhassen High School

Sponsored by the Department of Art, the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, and the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, the Art Educators of Minnesota, and Triarco.