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 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have passed. The 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will reopen for submissions on September 12, 2018.

2018 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 Scholastic Art Award Winners! Out of 1,743 entries, we awarded 90 Gold Keys, 105 Silver Keys, and 196 Honorable Mentions. In comparison to last year, this is an 11% increase in the total number of artworks submitted and a 10% increase in the number of students who submitted artwork. 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 Scholastic office 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.
  • Gold Key artwork will need to be prepared for regional exhibition (see more information about that below under Exhibition).
  • Gold Key winners will be invited to a ceremony at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice on Saturday, March 24 (see more information about that below under Ceremony). Gold Key certificates and keys will be handed out at the ceremony.
  • Silver Key and Honorable Mention awardees will receive certificates and pins through their art teachers in mid-February.


Awards Ceremony and Exhibition Information

Date:               3/24/2018
Time:              2-4pm with light hors d’oeuvres served
Location:        KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice
Address:        1819 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

RSVP:            Students will be receiving email invitations to the ceremony. An RSVP is appreciated.

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

Exhibition Dates: 3/20/2018 – 3/24/2018

Location: KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice

Teachers: To schedule a field trip, please contact Michael Schonhoff at


Gold Key artwork needs to be prepared for exhibition. All 2-D work must be framed and equipped with the hardware needed to install, such as D-rings and picture wire on the back.

You may deliver artwork between 9am-5pm on Friday, March 16. In addition, please fill out the Exhibition Loan Form. This form is required for each piece.

Please deliver your work to:
KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice
1819 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Gold Key Art Portfolio winners should select a single piece to represent their portfolio, and otherwise follow instructions above for individual submissions.

Detailed questions about the exhibition or installing your artwork should be directed to the Exhibition Co-Curator Natalie Spicker at