School for Creative Studies students honored at regional Scholastic Art Awards, receive 20 citations including Best in Show

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Joshua RainerJoshua Rainer, Gold Key Portfolio winner and American Vision Nominee
Now in its 91st year, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition is the longest-running, most prestigious program in the United States recognizing 7-12 grade students of exceptional artistic and literary talent. The College for Creative Studies annually sponsors the Southeastern Michigan Art Region, including the accompanying exhibit and ceremony and the Michigan Thumb Region in collaboration with Macomb Community College.

Just five years after opening its doors, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS), CCS's charter art and design high schools, boasts ten students who received 20 citations for their portfolios in the regional competition, including 11 Gold Keys and an American Vision Award, the highest honor the contest bestows.

HFA: SCS senior Joshua Rainer was recognized with a Gold Key for his painting portfolio and received an American Vision nomination for his painting, “Mona.” The five American Vision Nominees are chosen as the “Best in Show” from among all the artwork entered in a regional competition in any given year. Regional programs select the five most outstanding works from their Gold Key recipients, and those five artists represent the region at the national level as American Vision nominees and receive gold medals at the national ceremony.

Franchesca Lamarre won a Gold Key for her fashion portfolio. HFA: SCS Gold Key winners in individual categories included John Griffith in painting, Mark Hall in photography, Deja Jones in fashion, Jaylen Tate-Lucas in mixed media, and Joshua Williams in drawing.

In addition to the American Vision nomination, Joshua Rainer also received three Gold Keys and one Silver Key in painting. Rachel Fernandez and Morgan Parker received Silver Keys for their photography submissions, and Naomi Cook received an Honorable Mention in painting.

Regional Gold Key winners will have their work judged digitally at the national level; winners will be announced on March 17.

The Scholastic Awards competition also is the nation’s leading source of creative young artists and writers. In the last five years, the Awards have provided, in conjunction with 60 prestigious art institutes and colleges, more than $40 million in scholarships to regional and national award winners.

As a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), CCS offers scholarships to National Portfolio Gold and Portfolio Silver Medalists in Art and Photography, as well as Individual Category Gold Medals and American Vision Medals.

“The Scholastic Art Awards is where it all begins for many young creatives,” said Amy Armand, CCS director of recruitment.

“It gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction and pride to be part of this program that specifically recognizes and rewards creativity in the classroom. Over the years, I’ve heard stories from many successful artists and designers who received their first bit of recognition at the regional and sometimes national level. This kind of positive reinforcement in their technical skill, originality and personal voice or vision gave them the confidence to pursue something they truly love.”

The Southeast Michigan Region Art Awards ceremony was held this year at the Detroit Film Theater in the Detroit Institute of Arts on February 11 and 12. CCS alumnae Jenny Risher ’97, Photography, and Andrea Kowch ’09, Illustration, were the keynote speakers. Both women received their first accolades for art as Gold Key winners in high school.

Past Scholastic Award winners include Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford, and Truman Capote.

The 1100 piece exhibit of regional award winners is on display in the Walter B Ford II Building on the CCS Ford Campus through March 7.