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2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition

February 2, 2021 - March 15, 2021

Starion Bank Gallery

Awarding the exceptional artistic and literary talent of North Dakota teenagers and bringing their remarkable work to a wide audience, the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition celebrates the vision, ingenuity and talent of these artists with pride. Plains Art Museum and Red River Valley Writing Project have proudly partnered to serve as the state affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in grades 7 – 12, since 2015. Throughout that time, the exhibition quality has grown tremendously, reflecting the growing prominence of young artists in the state. For more information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, please visit: artandwriting.org.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is supported in part by Fredrikson & Byron Foundation.
left to right: Avery Moxness, Grade 12, Butter Dish, Ceramic and Glass • Gracie Erickstad, Grade 12, Pete’s Shoe Shop, Painting • Danae Bell, Grade 8, Unfolding, Photography • Kyra Asplin, Grade 11, Joslyn, Drawing and Illustration

Virtual Awards Ceremony
Saturday, March 13, 5:30 – 8 PM

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony is the centerpiece of North Dakota’s Scholastic Art & Writing program, recognizing the vital role that arts education plays in cultivating more creative and thoughtful students. During the ceremony we will announce the state’s winners of the literary and visual art competitors on display at the Museum’s Starion Bank Gallery. Hosted by Plains Art Museum, NDSU, and the Red River Valley Writing Project.

Watch a time lapse of the exhibition installation!

Ongoing Exhibitions

No Time For Despair

Ongoing
No Time For Despair

To say that right now is the ideal time to make art that speaks directly to the people about social justice is an understatement. Because the very nature of art is to undertake or assume the role of a healer by shading light on the human condition.

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City Geode

Ongoing
City Geode
S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture

City Geode, created and installed in May 2019 by students and Professor Josh Zeis from NDSU is the latest creation. In response to the work, the lead artists said, “What is a city? This City Geode incorporates many of the things that we thought a city needs; buildings, streets, electricity, drainage, and above all else, the human spirit.

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Bee in Flight

Ongoing
Bee in Flight

Community artist and school art teacher MeLissa Kossick, who guides youth classes at the Museum on art, gardens, and pollinators, has created an enchanting mosaic design in the Creativity Pathway in the Serkland Gallery called Bee in Flight.

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The North Dakota Mural

Ongoing
The North Dakota Mural

Drawing on his childhood memories of the Great Plains, he created a work that speaks to the wide open spaces, huge vistas, and ocean-like skies of the region.

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Fragile Preservation

Ongoing
Fragile Preservation
A Tallgrass Community

While the Tallgrass Prairie is a community made up of a great diversity of species, Fragile Preservation represents a selection of them.

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