Scholastic Art Awards exhibit opens

The 43rd installment of The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition was scheduled to open Sunday, Jan. 15, at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon.

Cedarhurst is the Southern Illinois affiliate of The Scholastic Art Awards, which is a juried student art competition that draws hundreds of entries each year. 

Works of the top award recipients from the regional program are sent to New York for the national competition.

Open to 7th through 12th grade students in 28 Southern Illinois counties, this year’s entries totaled over 1,100 works of art from 18 Southern Illinois schools. 

A panel of three judges viewed all of the submissions and selected American Vision Award nominees, Gold Key, Silver Key and honorable mention certificate award recipients for the exhibit at Cedarhurst, as well as the winner of the John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation Administrative Counselor Scholarship.

Entries for this year’s competition were submitted from junior and senior high school art departments from Anna-Jonesboro, Belleville, Benton, Carbondale, Cisne, Harrisburg, Johnston City, Joppa, Kell, Marion, Massac County, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Vernon, Nashville, Sesser-Valier, West Frankfort and Woodlawn.

The 2017 exhibition features 246 works of art and will be displayed in three galleries at Cedarhurst: the Main Gallery, the Beal Corridor Gallery sponsored by Hughey Funeral Home and the Regenhardt Gallery inside the Shrode Art Center sponsored by SSM Health.

The exhibit, sponsored by Bill and Sylvia Howard and cosponsored by Bill and Barbara Beck, was scheduled to be open to the public starting on Sunday, Jan. 15, and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 5.

An awards ceremony is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in the Performance Hall at Cedarhurst. 

Art created by students enrolled in the Cedarhurst After School Art program will be the next exhibit in the Beck Family Center Gallery. 

The Amazing After School Art exhibition features original work created by kindergarten through 5th grade students inspired by the book “The Snurtch” by Sean Ferrel.

The new gallery exhibitions will be introduced with a Cedarhurst members’ preview reception, which is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. 

The reception is free of charge for Cedarhurst members and admission for non-members is $5.

Located on Richview Road in Mt. Vernon, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

Gallery admission for the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition is free.

For more information about Cedarhurst, call 618-242-1236 or visit

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