2021 Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to our 2021 Awardees!

View the list of the 2021 National Medalists.

Click here for the list of the 2021 Scholastic Art Awardees.

Click here for the 2021 Student & Educator Scholastic Art Award Ceremony Regional Announcement

Announcing the 2021 Regional Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony

Download the Virtual Awards Show Program Here!

The Regional Award Ceremony takes place Sunday, February 7 at 12:00PM, EST, virtually.

We will be releasing this very special award ceremony video on our Facebook page and right here on our website. The Regional Award Ceremony for Junior High and High School students will be combined this year, as we celebrate all of the wonderfully insightful and skillful works from our region in the exhibition. After the Ceremony,  grab a refill on your snacks and stay tuned for a virtual walk through of the exhibition and an opportunity to see every artwork in the show!

We are certain this virtual awards show will be the perfect Super Bowl Pre-Show. Who said 2021 wasn’t going to be a blast?!? 

2021-2022 Important Dates:

Registration for the 2022 Scholastic Art Awards will open September 1, 2021.
Online Registration System

Deadline: December 10, 2021 (midnight)

Jury Day: Saturday, January 8, 2022
Adjudication is closed to the public, educators, and students.

Notification of ACCEPTED works: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 5PM.

Friday, January 21, 2022 3PM – 5PM | Warner and Community Galleries, SBMA
Saturday, January 23, 2022 12PM – 3PM | Warner and Community Galleries, SBMA

2021 Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition:
February 5 thru March 12, 2022 | Warner and Community Galleries, SBMA

Meet Me in the Gallery Opening Reception:
Friday, February 4, 2022 | 5:30PM – 9PM | Warner and Community Galleries, SBMA | *All Student Artists Admitted Free

Awards Ceremony:
Sunday, February 6, 2022
Location: TBD

After Exhibition Pick-up: 
Sunday, March 13, 2022 12PM – 4PM | Warner and Community Galleries, SBMA


For more than 90 years, The Scholastic Art & Writing Award program has sought to encourage, foster, and reward creativity in our nation’s classrooms and to confer recognition on emerging talent. Our region, which covers 18 counties, has participated for decades, beginning in the Tea Room of the former Robertson’s Department Store in downtown South Bend. L.S. Ayres hosted the exhibition until the South Bend Museum of Art became involved.

The South Bend Museum of Art is now the affiliate for the Scholastic Art Awards’ Northwest Indiana and Southwest Lower Michigan Region. This region includes the following counties: INDIANA counties of Benton, Cass, Elkhart, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Stark, White; and MICHIGAN counties of Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph.

The Scholastic Art Awards represents the most comprehensive national annual assessment of the creative spirit among American teens. Three core values have not changed since The Awards inception: freedom of expression, a blind adjudication process, and work criteria based on originality, technical proficiency, and emergence of personal voice. Students in seventh through twelfth grade submit digital images of their work, which is juried by more than 50 jurors solicited from the local arts and education community. A process of “blind adjudication” is used, whereby judging is determined on a merit basis with only the art object under review, without any knowledge as to student identity (gender, race, background, etc.). Jurors are instructed to select artwork that excels in 1) Originality, 2) Technical Skill, and 3) Emergence of a personal vision or voice.

Regional awards are given in several categories:

• Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level.
Approximately 5 – 7% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.

• Silver Key: Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.

• Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.

• American Vision & Voice Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the “Best of Show” for each region.

Digital images of all of our GOLD KEY Awards are sent on to National Adjudication in New York City. Award recipients at the national level are invited to participate in the Awards Ceremony held in New York City at Carnegie Hall, have their work shown in noted galleries, attend workshops, be considered for scholarships, and have their names included in the New York Times article covering the Scholastic Art Awards.

The SAA competition has strong positive impact in our community, showcasing the vast talent in our region, not only the talent of the students, but of the teachers and mentors who work with them to assure their excellence. Many young artists who have gone on to highly productive careers in the arts have received their first encouragement and recognition through the SAA program, which bolstered their confidence to pursue their dreams.

SAA is also the most heavily attended exhibition in the SBMA annual schedule (about 5000 visitors annually) and is intrinsically connected to our mission of supporting arts education for youth. There is not a single arts program for high school and middle school students which has the broad reach or lifelong educational impact of the Scholastic Art Awards and SBMA is committed to working with the local SAA board to keep it alive and vibrant in our region.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, the Awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious program of its kind, having fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions and publications. Over the past five years, students have submitted 920,000 works of art and writing) and over $40 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning participants. The Alliance partners with 116 regional affiliates across the country to bring the program to local communities, and works with a network of more than 60 colleges and universities to increase scholarship and award opportunities. With the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance is a founding partner of the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets, which selects five students exclusively from current Scholastic Art & Writing Award national poetry winners. More information about the Alliance and its programs can be found at www.artandwriting.org.

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The South Bend Museum of Art and the Scholastic Art Awards Are pleased to acknowledge the following 2021-22 Donors as of 02.01.2021:

Foundations & Major Contributors

Jack & Yumiko Champaigne
Katie Humphreys & Ralph Komasinski
Kyle Everett
Hayes Family Foundation, Inc.
Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, ArtsEverywhere
Indiana Arts Commission
Zilky Charitable Trust

Organizations, Corporations & Award Sponsors
Jim Cooke
Docent Group of SBMA & Snite Museum of Art
Gail Schroeder
Janet L. Johnson
Indiana Women’s Caucus for Art
Northern Indiana Artists, Inc.
Northern Indiana Pastel Society
South Bend Hoosier Art Patrons
St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society
The Art League

Visual Voices and Portfolio Award Sponsor: 
University of Notre Dame Art Department

Scholarship Sponsor
Indiana University South Bend

Corporate Partnership:
1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services

Vantage Society Members:
Steve & Louise Anella
Deborah Bernhard
Janette Burkhart-Miller
Betsy & Jim Cooke
Michelle & Alan Engel
Tom & Susan Fischbach
Stephen & Barbara Fredman
Betsy Fulnecky
Gurley Leep Automotive Family
Rob-Henry Howes
Maggie Kernan
Douglas & Marjorie Kinsey
Michael & Maryellyn Knight
Charles S. Leone
Patrick & Sharon McManus
John & Barb Phair
Dick & Mary Reineke
David & Mitzi B. Sabato
Mary & Brown Sanders
William & Diane Sarnat
Joe Segura
Marika & Thomas Gordon Smith
Rebecca & Andrew Sommese
George C. Stump
Janet & Larry Thompson
Linda & Erik Waelchli
David Wemhoff
Nanci Yokom

Mr. & Mrs. Don Arenz
Brent & Carolyn Banulis
Mr. & Mrs. George Beamer
Edward Beatty
Lynn Blue
Marsha Brook
Dayle Brown
John & Mary Ann Butkovich
Judith Chase
Lawrence & Jody Crandall
Alice Crowley
Karla Davenport
Julie Deahl
Linda DeCelles
Ninette Deliyannides
Ron  Elizabeth DeWinter
Sharon Donlon
Diane reader Dorn
Debbie Dulcet
Lucy Emery
Angie Faccenda
Mr. & Mrs. John G. Farrell
Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Fredman
Helen & Michael Geglio
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Germano
Dr. & Mrs. William Gitlin
Walter Gunn
Andrea Herrick
Christine Kelley
Douglas & Marjorie Kinsey
William & Julia Knight
William & Sue Lamie
Michael Lampsa
Dr. & Mrs. David T. Leighton
Kelly Lesiuk
Mr. & Mrs. Tim Link
Dr. & Mrs. William Lopatin
Phoebe Lykowski
Joe & Gail Mancini
Bruce & Kay Marshall
Claudia A. Maslowski
Ronald May
Dr. & Mrs. Michael McCrea
Raymond McLein
Tami McNally
Dr. & Mrs. Stephen McTigue
Suzanne Miller
Rose Mireles
Dr. Christopher S. Norborg
Scott H. Peacock & Tonya Weber
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Phelan
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Plasschaert
Yupadi Prasertwanitch
Sheila Przybysz
Dick & Mary Reineke
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. L. Brown Sanders
Jan Seabaugh
Lynda B. Simon
Marika & Thomas Gordon Smith
William Spalding
Mr. & Mrs. Don Sporleder
Jeanette S. & Laurence R. Taylor
Ann Tideman & John Falda
Mr. & Mrs. Brad Toothaker
Rebecca Torstrick
Mrs. James Walton
Linda & Erik Waelchli
Judy Wenig-Horswell
Thomas Werge
Barbara Wind
Mark Wobbe
Nanci Yokom
Elizabeth Zapf


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, The New York Times, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Command Web Offset Co., the AMD Foundation, Blick Art Materials, the National Endowment for the Arts, 3D Systems, New York Life, Bloomberg L.P., Ovation, Amazon.com, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the Bernstein Family Foundation, Duck Tape®, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and contributions from numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders.