This MAM Exhibit Puts the Spotlight on Talented Teens

The gallery shows work from Wisconsin Students.

The juried 2022 Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition, will return on-site this year Feb. 5 through March 20 at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the Schroeder Galleria. The annual exhibition celebrating talented teens in Wisconsin will showcase more than 300 works by students in grades 7-12 from 128 schools across the state.  

“We are thrilled to be able to present this incredible artwork by students from Wisconsin at the Museum,” said Brigid Globensky, Barbara Brown Lee Senior Director of Education & Programs, Milwaukee Art Museum, in a news release. “It’s exciting to have the chance to examine and experience these works of art once again in person.” 

Of the 300 works, 133 artworks received Gold Key Awards from the jury. Those students will go on to compete for Gold and Silver Medals at the national level, in New York, at some point this year. The jury also handed out 209 Silver Key Awards which gives statewide recognition for those artists and 368 Honorable Mention awards that are not included in the exhibition.  

The awarded winners were selected out of 2,610 total submissions. Categories of those submissions include architecture and industrial design, comic art, fashion, film and animation and painting and sculpture just to name a few.  



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The Scholastic Art Awards supported with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, has been hosted by the Milwaukee Art Museum for the Wisconsin region since 1976. The program invites young artists throughout the United States to explore their artistic talents in the visual arts and encourages them to expand their skills through a juried panel, awards and state and national recognition.  

The awarded young artists who have gone through this program continue to show success in the art world by achieving distinction in the fine arts often crediting the program for the exposure it provided early in their careers. Artists represented in the Museum’s collection who were Scholastic Art Award recipients include Nancy Burkert, Robert Indiana, David Lenz, JoAnna Poehlmann, Cy Twombly, Tom Uttech, a previous winner of the Wisconsin Artist Biennial at the Museum of Wisconsin Art and Andy Warhol.    

Access to view the 2022 Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition is included with Museum admission. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $17 for students with identification and seniors 65 years and older. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under, members and Wisconsin K-12 teachers with school identification or a pay stub. Scholastic Art Award entrants and their families receive free admission during the exhibition.  

The Milwaukee Art Museum is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Be sure to support Wisconsin’s young artists and check out this exhibit!