AHS Artists Earn Awards

by | Feb 20, 2015

By John Anderson

AHS Visual Arts Teacher Amanda Halsdorff recently announced nine awards for artwork created by four students in three competitions.

In the Boston Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Anisa Sherzai won a Silver Key for her painting titled Brute, and an honorable mention for her painting titled Smoke. Megan Johnson won two of the top Gold Key awards for her drawing titled Cherished, and a sculpture clock titled Like Clockwork.

Their artworks were selected from a pool of about 16,000 pieces from Massachusetts schools, grades 7-12. Work is judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. All work is judged blindly, without knowledge of the student’s gender, age or school.

Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the country. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), in partnership with the Boston Globe, is one of more than 100 Regional Affiliates for the Awards in the United States.

There will be an awards ceremony on March 7th for both students at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Silver Key Winners will be listed in a special supplement in the Boston Globe. Gold Key winners will have their work showcased at a special Gold Key exhibition and will be listed in the special Boston Globe supplement.


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Gold Key work is also sent digitally to New York to be judged alongside the Gold Key work from all of the other Regional Affiliates. In mid-March, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers will announce the National Gold and Silver medalists. This work gets sent to New York to be showcased, and students receive their medals in a national ceremony, which has traditionally been held at Carnegie Hall.

In the second competition, Amy Stevenson’s linoleum block print, Loved to Death, was selected for display in the Printmaking by Secondary Students of Massachusetts exhibition hosted by the Massachusetts Art Education Association’s New England Conference.

This is an exhibit of printmaking with works that were created by students from Massachusetts middle, junior & high schools. Over 30 schools from across the Commonwealth are represented, and their work is on display in the 2nd Floor Atrium of the State Transportation Building in Boston.

Four Auburn High School students also had artwork accepted into the Emerging Young Artists 2015 Invitational Exhibition at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Amy Stevenson for Loved to Death, Gabby Terlizzi for On the Inside, Megan Johnson for A Curious Serenity, and Anisa Sherzai for Portrait Princess.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts hosted this third annual high school invitational exhibition, and over 100 works were on display for two weeks in the CVPA Campus Gallery. The Emerging Young Artists 2015 Invitational Exhibition recognizes the exceptional merit of high school art students from twenty-nine high school art programs in Massachusetts, including Auburn High School.

The participating schools were invited to be part of the exhibition for the long-term commitment they have demonstrated to art education and for the quality of work that comes from their art programs. The art teachers from these high schools were asked to select artwork from their best students to be included in the group exhibition. The result is a marvelous exhibit that showcases the talents of these young artists.