Scholastic Art Awards

About the Awards

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, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

Kansas City Art Institute is honored to partner with the Scholastic Art Awards recognizing talented students in our region and helping to provide opportunities for those students to attend creative, pre-college programs in the future.


All deadlines for the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have passed. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will reopen for submissions in September 2020.

2020 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 Scholastic Art Award Winners! Please click on the link below for the complete list of winners. Students not listed did not receive an award.

See the list of winners

American Visions nominees
Out of all artworks across all categories and grades submitted within the region, five Gold Key level artworks were selected as “Best-of-Show” artworks and will be submitted as nominees for American Visions medals adjudication at the national level.

What Happens Now?

All Gold Key work will proceed digitally to the national competition to be judged with all of the other Gold Key work from all of the other regions of the country.  If you won a Gold Key, you don’t need to do anything further to have your work considered for a National Award.  The announcements of the National Awards will be in mid-March.

Silver Key and Honorable Mention awardees will receive certificates and pins through their art teachers in mid-February.
Gold Key winners will be invited to a closing reception and recognition ceremony on the KCAI campus on Friday, March 6, 2020. Gold Key certificates will be handed out at the ceremony. Due to limited space, we are only able to exhibit Gold Key works.
New! Students and educators can view their awarded works and download or print a copy of regional certificates and a notification letter by logging in to the ORS.


Exhibition, Closing Reception, and Recognition Ceremony

Date:               3/6/2020
Time:              5:30-7p.m. with light refreshments served
Location:       Kansas City Art Institute
Address:        4415 Warwick., Kansas City, MO 64111

RSVP: Award-winning students will be receiving email invitations to the ceremony. RSVP is required.

Please be prepared to take your work with you at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Exhibition Dates: 2/28/2020– 3/6/2020

Location: KCAI Painting Gallery

Teachers: To schedule a field trip, please contact Erin McIntosh at