Scholastic Art Awards

Since 1985, SBMA has partnered with the national organization, “Scholastic Art and Writing Awards” to present a regional competition and exhibition which recognizes junior and senior high school student achievements in the visual arts. Started in 1923, the Scholastic Art Awards (SAA) program is the largest and oldest juried exhibition of its kind in the U.S. Artworks in the SBMA exhibition represent students in grades 7 – 12 from 17 counties in Indiana and Michigan. Award-winning work from regional competitions is sent to New York City for the nationals, where student work is exhibited throughout the city and scholarships are awarded to the winners.

The SAA competition has strong positive impact in our community, showcasing the vast talent in our region – not only the talent of the students, but of the teachers and mentors who work with them to assure their excellence. Many young artists who have gone on to highly productive careers in the arts have received their first encouragement and recognition through the SAA program, which bolstered their confidence to pursue their dreams.

SAA is also the most heavily attended exhibition in the SBMA annual schedule (about 5000 visitors annually) and is intrinsically connected to our mission of supporting arts education for youth. There is not a single arts program for high school and middle school students which has the broad reach or lifelong educational impact of the Scholastic Art Awards and SBMA is committed to working with the local SAA board to keep it alive and vibrant in our region.

The South Bend Museum of Art is the affiliate for the Scholastic Art Awards’ Northwest Indiana and Southwest Lower Michigan Region. This region includes the following counties: INDIANA counties of Benton, Cass, Elkhart, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Stark, White; and MICHIGAN counties of Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph.

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Students in grade 7 – 12 are eligible to submit artwork via the online registration system. To learn how, visit the Regional Website or contact SAA coordinator Candie Waterloo at,


Registration AND payment deadline is Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by midnight.
This is a standardized deadline imposed by the National Alliance and is non-negotiable.

Jury Day: Saturday, January 3, 2015

Notification of accepted works: Friday, January 9, 2015

Drop off of accepted works:
Friday, Janaury 16, 2015, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

2015 Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition: January 31 thru February 28, 2015

Meet Me in the Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, February 6, 2015 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Warner Gallery

Awards Ceremony: Sunday, February 8, 2015 | Bendix Theatre, Century Center
1:30 p.m.: Junior High  |  2:30 p.m.: Senior High


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, The New York Times, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Command Web Offset Co., the AMD Foundation, Blick Art Materials, the National Endowment for the Arts, 3D Systems, New York Life, Bloomberg L.P., Ovation,, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the Bernstein Family Foundation, Duck Tape®, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and contributions from numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, the Awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious program of its kind, having fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions and publications. Over the past five years, students have submitted 920,000 works of art and writing) and over $40 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning participants. The Alliance partners with 116 regional affiliates across the country to bring the program to local communities, and works with a network of more than 60 colleges and universities to increase scholarship and award opportunities. With the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance is a founding partner of the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets, which selects five students exclusively from current Scholastic Art & Writing Award national poetry winners. More information about the Alliance and its programs can be found at

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