Fort Wayne Museum of Art has announced the regional recipients of the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Presented by the nonprofit organization the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the 98th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country’s longest-running scholarship and recognition program for creative students in Grades 7–12. This year, more than 100,000 teens submitted their best art and writing in more than 100 regions across the country.

404 creative teens from northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio received regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions and American Visions & Voices nominations.

Special recognition is given to teens who demonstrate exceptional talent in art and writing. In art, American Visions nominees include Victoria Bost, Stryker High School; Grant Dale, Northfield High School; Galeena Gephart, Leo Junior Senior High School; Alyvia Luong, Carroll High School; and Penelope Swift, Dekalb High School. In writing, American Voices nominees include Rylee Beltz, Pettisville Junior Senior High School; Chris Diwis, Canterbury High School; Dessie Mikels-Carrasco, home school; Elizabeth Newsom, St. Ursula Academy; and Natalie Timmerman, Ottowa Hills Junior Senior High School.

The public is invited to enjoy the work by visiting the exhibition of student art and writing now through April 10 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. In celebration of this year’s regional recipients, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art presented a live ceremony which remains available to be seen on YouTube at

The FWMoA is at 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students pre-K through college, $6 for ages 65 or older, and $20 for families. Admission is free Thursdays after 5 p.m.

“For many students and educators, entering these awards is the culmination of a year of hard work,” said Alyssa Dumire, FWMoA director of children’s education. “We often talk about how the awards and the teens who participate in them give us hope for the future, and in this particularly difficult year, that rings truer than ever, as their persistence and innovation are inspiring. We congratulate all who took the important and daunting step of putting their creative work out into the world and are thrilled to play a role in celebrating and elevating the diverse voices of our region’s youth.”

Since the program’s founding in 1923, the awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students and include a distinguished list of alumni including Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol, all of whom received recognition in the awards when they were teens.

For Gold Key works of art and writing in the awards’ 28 categories — including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, science fiction & fantasy, and more — the opportunities for recognition will continue when the works are adjudicated again on a national level by a panel of leading creative professionals. National medalists will be announced March 17. All national medalists are eligible for a wealth of additional opportunities, such as scholarships, inclusion in the Art.Write.Now.Tour traveling exhibition, and in anthologies The Best Teen Art and The Best Teen Writing. National Medalist poets are considered for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art expressed its gratitude for the major support of The James Foundation and additional support from Lawrence Building Corp. This activity is made possible, in part, with a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is supported in part by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.

For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit

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