Judging began this week for the annual Central New York Scholastic Art Awards, the largest annual student art competition in the United States.
More than 4,500 works of art from 90 junior/senior high schools in 13 Central New York counties participate in the event, which takes place in the Atrium of Whitney Applied Technology Center, Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.
Students in grades eight through 12 are eligible to participate. Their work is judged by more than 60 area art professionals, teachers and photographers.
The judging occurred between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both Monday, Jan. 7 and Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Allyn Hall on the Onondaga campus. Cash awards and scholarships from local businesses, organizations and supporters will be presented.
In last year’s competition, Skaneateles students earned a total of 56 awards, including 18 Gold Keys, 13 Silver Keys, 22 Honorable Mentions, The Barrow Gallery Best Portrait Award, American Visions Nominee and Light Work Award – Best Photography Portfolio. Art teacher John Smolenski also won the OCC Inspiration Award that recognizes one special teacher who inspires students.
From Jan. 18 through March 1, more than 1,000 pieces of award-winning, student art work will be on display for public viewing in the Atrium of the Whitney Applied Technology Center on the Onondaga campus. Hours for public viewing will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.
The National Scholastic Art Awards program began in 1923. For more information visit cnyscholasticart.com.