24 March 2017

New York City Students' Art and Writing to be exhibited at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, together with the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, will open the third annual New York City Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition at The Met's Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education on Friday, March 24, 2017. This special exhibition is free and open to the public during regular Museum hours from March 24 through May 29, 2017.

The 600 original works of art and writing were created by New York City-based Gold Key recipients in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the United States' most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers. The displayed art works stood out from almost 11,000 entries in 29 categories, submitted by students in grades seven to 12 from more than 300 New York schools.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of this talented group of young people, and we encourage them to explore their own creativity and find inspiration within the Museum," said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Museum's Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education.The 600 original works of art and writing were created by New York City-based Gold Key recipients in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the United States' most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers. The displayed art works stood out from almost 11,000 entries in 29 categories, submitted by students in grades seven to 12 from more than 300 New York schools.

All works were blindly adjudicated by accomplished creative and literary professionals based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. Beyond the awards, these talented students will also get further opportunities for exhibition and publication and accesses to scholarships for their artistic journeys.

"When a New York City teen has their art or writing displayed in one of the world's greatest museums, right here in their hometown, the impact is life changing. Students begin to see themselves as real artists and original thinkers and the experience helps kids develop new, creative approaches that they can apply in their current day-to-day experience and beyond," said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers will also hold an opening evening event on Friday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. This reception is open to the public.