Several dozen Wauwatosa students are receiving recognition for their exceptional artwork.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is honoring 42 students from the Wauwatosa School District for their outstanding artwork in the 2016-2017 school year, according to a news release from the district. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers selects the winners from submitted original artwork and writing by students in grades 7 through 12.

"Congratulations to our incredibly talented student artists. Their creativity and work is inspiring on many levels and is a wonderful example of the excellence we strive for in the Wauwatosa School District,” Superintendent Phil Ertl said.

The awards have been handed out for 93 years and Anne Sparkman at said they have "identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most accomplished visionaries and encouraged young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors."

The recognition program has previously honored notables Lena Dunham, Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford and Andy Warhol.

Sparkman said the awards recognize work that demonstrates technical skill, personal voice or vision, and originality in high school and middle school students’ art work. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens.

“By tapping into the imaginations of teenage artists and writers and encouraging them to share their visions, we are fostering the next generation of great influencers in the arts and beyond,” said Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. "The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards provide a national platform to recognize and celebrate the deeply personal, innovative and thought-provoking creative work of today’s teenagers."

All students receiving an Honorable Mention, Gold Key, or Silver Key are invited to attend the annual regional Scholastic Art Awards Feb. 11. Winning works that are receiving a Gold Key or Silver Key will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the 2017 Scholastic Art Awards - Wisconsin Exhibition Feb. 4 through March 19. The exhibit will be in the Schroeder Galleria.

Below is a list of the 2017 Gold Key recipients from Wauwatosa:

  • Grace Armstrong (Wauwatosa East) – Art Portfolio, HS Narrative Design, The Perfect BLT
  • Bella Borgh (Wauwatosa East) – Comic Art, Deep Sea Vacation
  • Jacob Collision (Wauwatosa East) – Art Portfolio, Wonder of Wildlife
  • Luci Hovel (Wauwatosa East) – Art Portfolio, Self-Awareness
  • Bradley Mccoy (Wauwatosa East) – Drawing, Grace
  • Lillian Poulos (Wauwatosa East) – Drawing, Colored Pencil Self-Portrait
  • Ellie Stephan (Wauwatosa East) – Comic Art, Appliances
  • Katie Williams (Wauwatosa East) – Drawing, Outdoorsman
  • Sam Zanowski (Wauwatosa East) – Art Portfolio, Story Time Art Portfolio, Textile Time
  • Isabella Knutsen (Wauwatosa West) – Sculpture, Ce-Sea-Lia Print Making, Wrong Hive
  • Maya Shiek (Wauwatosa West) – Film & Animation, The Valerine Manor
  • Natalie Sullivan (Wauwatosa West) - Film & Animation, The Valerine Manor

All regional Gold Key winners go on to compete nationally, with National Medalists announced in March. Works are submitted by students in several art and writing categories, and include everything from architecture and painting to poetry and video game design. The submitted work is evaluated through blind adjudication first on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and then nationally by a panel of creative industry experts.

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