National Scholastic Art Awards for Oregon High School Students Now Organized by Pacific Northwest College of Art

December 19, 2018


December 19, 2018

Contact: Lisa Radon,

Portland, OR—December 19, 2018—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to be the new Regional Affiliate Partner of the nation’s most important awards program for creative high school students, the Scholastic Art Awards. This is a natural extension of PNCA’s longtime involvement in the awards, having hosted the annual Scholastic Gold Key Exhibition every year since 2000.

“For more than a hundred years, PNCA has been devoted to supporting the development of young artists in Oregon. Taking on organizing the Scholastic Art Awards after hosting the exhibition for many years redoubles our commitment to honoring these bright students,” says Mack McFarland, Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA. “We see the talent of the region and are deeply inspired by the commitment of these students to their art practices. And we are wowed by the rigor their art teachers bring to their education.”

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are open to submissions from all high school students, and there were upwards of 8,000 submissions last year. The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

“As PNCA enters into this stewardship role, we want to stop and recognize the great commitment and effort of Shannon McBride of Little Bird Arts who organized the Scholastic Art Awards in Oregon for many years,” McFarland says.

PNCA has long nurtured talent and creative expression in artists and designers of all ages. In addition to undergraduate and graduate programs, PNCA offers Community Education courses for children, youth, teens, and working and older adults.

Applications for the Scholastics Awards are now open. The deadline for submissions is January 2, 2019. There is a $5 fee per submission or $20 fee per portfolio. More information and a link for submissions is online.

The 2019 awards ceremony exhibition of the award winning works will take place at Pacific Northwest College of Art on Thursday February 7, 2019 6-7pm. The exhibition will be on view February 7-22, 2019.

Additional regional sponsors for the 2019 awards are Oregon State University (OSU) and Central Oregon Community College.

Other awards ceremonies and exhibitions in Oregon include:


Central Oregon

Awards ceremony is February 9, 2019, 1-2pm in the Pinckney auditorium. Willamette Valley March 16, 2019 from 2-4pm at the LaSells Center, Oregon State University.

EXHIBITIONS Central Oregon: February 9- March 1, 2019 at Pinckney gallery at Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR Willamette Valley March 16, 2019 from 2-4pm at the LaSells Center, Oregon State University.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers eleven art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, seven graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Community Education courses for artists and designers of all ages.