Scholastic Art Awards

Potsdam High School Scholastic Art Award winners: Back Row L to R: Leslie Strong Sutter ( Art Teacher), Anna Foster, Allyssa Chambers, Avery Nagy-MacArthur, Tess Hazen, Lily Nagy-MacArthur, Alexis Hunt, Elaine Rava, and Kate Hildreth.
Front Row L to R: Hui Yang, Chrishlynn Damon, and Eleanor Hawley


The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

 The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 regional affiliates across the country to bring the program to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 30 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. 

Year after year the program continues to grow with increased participation from students and partners across the country. To date, the Awards have encouraged over 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.

Potsdam belongs to the Central Region in New York State which competes with all of the schools in  Syracuse and Watertown , and all area schools in between. The Potsdam High School Art Department has entered the Central New York Scholastic Art Awards competition for over 25 years. This year, the art students were extremely successful in producing award winning works of art and Portfolios.

Senior Art Students submitted portfolios of 8 works of art, a written essay about their creative visual work with artworks ready to display. Portfolios are judged by professional artists and professors of art for inclusion in the final exhibition. Potsdam High School submitted 9 portfolios and 4 were selected for recognition. and exhibition. Portfolio Winners include Tess Hazen (GOLD KEY PORTFOLIO - Fine Art) , Avery Nagy-MacArthur (GOLD KEY PORTFOLIO - Fine Art) , and Lily Nagy-MacArtur (GOLD KEY PORTFOLIO - Photography) , and Eleanor Hawley (Honorable Mention - Fine Art Portfolio)

All artwork submitted in  portfolios or other catagories must be original. Judges look for technical competence, inventive application of techniques and artwork that contains a strong concept or feeling.

In addition to the Portfolios, the following other awards were received by Potsdam High School Art Students: (winners and their art categories):  Tess Hazen - Honorable Mention in Painting ("Asparagus"), Alexis Hunt - Honorable Mention in Drawing ("Apples"), Allyssa Chambers - 2 Honorable Mentions in Photography ("On the Water", "Fall"), Chrishlynn Damon - Honorable Mention in Drawing ("Waiting for the sun"), Anna Foster - Silver Key in Drawing (" Pastel Self Portrait), Eleanor Hawley - Gold Key in Mixed Media ("The Reluctant Bride"), Kate Hildreth - Gold Key and Honorable Mention in Photography ("Self Portrait", "Untitled"), Lily Nagy-MacArthur - Honorable Mention in Photography ("Oregon Caveman"), Elaine Rava - Honorable Mention in Photography ("Blacktop Pearl"), Hui Yang - 2 Honorable Mentions in Photography ("Assisi", Majestic") and Avery Nagy-MacArthur - Honorable Mention in Drawing ("Jane").

"This has been an exceptional year for the Potsdam Art Department at the Scholastic Art Awards. " said Leslie Strong Sutter, High School Art Teacher. The students consistently work to a high level and put in many additional hours to prepare for this competition and they  are all most deserving of this recognition. It is a great feeling to see their efforts rewarded in this way. It is terrific to see such success by my students."

Award levels are Gold Key (top award), Silver Key and Honorable mention. Works selected in all 3 catagories are exhibited in the show which is on view at the Onondaga Community College, Onondaga, New York from January 21 -March 4, 2011 Monday - Friday  8 a.m. -8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon - 6 p.m.

This is a major outside adjudicated event.   you can view more at the website. This year the CNYScholastic Art Awards took in over 4500 works of are from which approximately 800 awards were given. Each teacher is only allowed to submit 15 works of art and 15 works of Photography, plus portfolios by seniors.

Sister Artists: Avery Nagy-MacArthur  (Fine Art) and Lily Nagy-MacArthur (Photography)

Lily Nagy-MacArtur and Avery Ngy-MacArthur are twin sisters, graduating seniors and each won an award for portfolio (Avery in Fine Art, Lily in Photography)


Digital Photograph by Lily Nagy-MacArthur

Self Portrait colored pencil drawing by Avery Nagy-MacArthur

"The Reluctant Bride" Mixed Media by Eleanor Hawley

"Waiting for the Sun" colored pencil drawing by Chrishlynn Damon