Five BWMS Art students earn honors at Regional competition
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Five Big Walnut Middle School students of middle school art teacher Nancy Crawford recently distinguished themselves with personal best works entered in the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.
Big Walnut Middle School’s Caleb Odell received a Silver Key in the regional competition; and William Bell, Caroline Craig-Bowden, Nate Helsley and Nicholas Smoke were awarded Honorable Mentions.
“These students had to compete against middle and high school students from all Central Ohio school districts,” Crawford said. “Only 22 middle school artworks received awards, and five of those awards were given to these Big Walnut Middle School students. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments.”
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923, with a roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates and many more.
Columbus College of Art and Design hosts the Central Ohio Regional Competition of the Scholastic Art Awards, which culminates in an exhibition of outstanding works by Central Ohio artists in grades seven through 12.
Caleb Odell’s duct tape sculpture will be included in the Scholastic Art Show that runs through this Saturday, February 2, at the CCAD Gallery, 60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, and is free and open to the public.
CCAD Gallery hours are: Monday, closed; Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.