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The Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) has announced the regional award recipients of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Title: All Zipped Up
Category: Fashion
Student: Nikki Shimao
Grade Level: 11
`Iolani School
Educator: Holly Chung
Award: Gold Key

Title: "The Greatest Influence"
Category: Drawing & Illustration
Student: Colleen Kagawa
Grade Level: 11
Kalani High School
Educator: James Mosher
Awards: Gold Key and American Visions Nominee

Title: Mana
Category: Printmaking
Student: Tiger Peterson
Grade Level: 12
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Educator: Vince Hazen
Award: Gold Key

Title: Psychedelic
Category: Drawing & Illustration
Student: Rachel Inouye
Grade Level: 12
President Theodore Roosevelt High School
Educator: Dara Zakimi
Award: Gold Key

Title: Waiting For You
Category: Photography
Student: Emma Park
Grade Level: 8
Wahiawa Middle School
Educator: Brandy Belt
Awards: Gold Key and American Visions Nominee
2019 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards
The Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) has announced the regional award recipients of the 2019
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Presented by the nonprofit organization the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the 96th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. This program year, nearly 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted to more than 100 Affiliate Partners across the country. 332 creative teens from Hawaiʻi received regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices nominations, from local Affiliate Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, including:
5 American Visions Nominees
72 Gold Key Awards
160 Silver Key Awards
307 Honorable Mentions
A full list of 2019 regional award recipients is available online:
Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Award Recipients

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 Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham, all of whom received recognition in the Awards when they were teens.
For Gold Key works of art and writing in the Awards’ 29 categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, video game design, 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 Gold Medalists will be announced in March 2019 and will be honored during a special awards ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2019. All National Medalists are eligible for a wealth of additional opportunities such as inclusion in the
Art.Write.Now.Tour traveling exhibition and The Best Teen Writing anthology. National Medalist poets are considered for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.
A complete list of 2019 regional Gold Key Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients is available online at
56th Annual Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit
In celebration of this year’s regional recipients, an exhibit of American Visions Nominee, Gold Key, and Silver Key award winning artworks by 175 students will be at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, February 16 – April 18, 2019. The Hawaiʻi State Art Museum is in downtown Honolulu on the second floor of the No. 1 Capitol District building (250 South Hotel St.) and is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is always free.
“Creating art does more than just give the viewer something interesting to look at,” says Jonathan Johnson, Executive Director of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. “Engagement in the artistic process fosters creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, often referred to as ‘21st century skills.’ Students who create art are expressing themselves and gaining an understanding of who they truly are. Having the Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibit at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum helps the SFCA carry out its mission to promote, perpetuate, and preserve culture and the arts in Hawaiʻi.”
“We partner with an amazing network of Affiliate Partners who bring the program to life by recognizing and encouraging creative teens across America,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “Over the course of the program’s nearly century-long history, we’ve learned that this recognition can be life-changing. For many creative teens, their regional Scholastic Award leads to recognition at the national level, where opportunities for exhibition, publication, and millions of dollars in scholarships await those who receive top honors.”
About the Art in Public Places Program
The Art in Public Places Program (APP Program) was created to strengthen the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ capability to stimulate, guide and promote culture and the arts through the field of the visual arts. The APP Program seeks to: enhance the environmental quality of state public buildings and spaces throughout the state for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; cultivate the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts in all media, styles and techniques; contribute toward the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and acquire, interpret, preserve and display works of art expressive of the character of the Hawaiian Islands, the multicultural heritage of its people, and the various creative interests of its artists. Artwork in the Art in Public Places Collection can be viewed online in the
Art in Public Places online catalog as well as the Public Art Archive (
Media Contact
Mamiko Carroll, Public Information Officer
Telephone: (808) 586 - 0305
About the SFCA
The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), a government agency administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 9), was established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 1965, to promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts, history and the humanities as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i. SFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawai‘i and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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