HHS competes in Scholastic Art

When the annual Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 7, Hutchinson High School will be well represented.

Gabriella Reid

There will be a total of nine HHS works in the exhibition. Of those nine, one received a Gold Key (first place) finish in competition. In all, jurors picked 83 pieces as Gold Key winners.

The regional Gold Key works are submitted for the national judging process. Any artists with pieces selected as Gold Key at nationals will have their art exhibited in New York City for the summer show.

An additional five Silver Key (second place) winners are from Salthawk artists and will

Audrey Craig

be featured in the Mark Arts exhibit as well.

          An additional three pieces from HHS were listed as honorable mention. In all, there were 187 honorable mention pieces selected by the jurors.

          Overall, there were 2,342 entries for the Eastern Kansas Scholastics competition of which 401 were accepted for the show. HHS submitted 50 pieces of art for the show.

Below is a list of the HHS students and their awards.

Gold Key

  • Gabriella Reid, 2D Mixed Media, “Run”

Jamie Hernandez

Silver Key

  • Audrey Craig, Ceramics, “Chalice”
  • Audrey Craig, Ceramics/Sculpture eight works of art/Ceramics Portfolio
  • Jamie Hernandez, Sculpture, Alabaster Stone Wolf
  • Lily Newton, Jewelry, “Crazy Clown Creations”
  • Damion Royse, Printmaking, “Geometric Abstract Enhanced”

Lily Newton

Honorable Mention

  • Jaiden Manche, Painting, "In the Sky"
  • Damion Royse, Drawing/Illustration, “Eyes”
  • Damion Royse, Printmaking, “RAMA and Me”

The show will be Feb. 7 to March 28 at Mark Arts, 1307 North Rock Road, in Wichita with and opening reception on from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. The awards ceremony for Gold Key recipients will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at Mark Arts. Colleges and patrons will also attend this ceremony to award scholarships and cash awards.

Artwork by Damion Royse
Artwork by
Damion Royse

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talents of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Students across America submitted 340,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing.


Since the founding of Scholastics, the Awards have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our nation’s most accomplished and prolific creative leaders. Alumni include artists Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Kay WalkingStick, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Myla Goldberg, Joyce

Oates, Robert Redford, Ken Burns and many more.