Thursday, April 18, 2013
Albert Owens of Summerville, a student at the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, won a national award from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2013.
Albert won a Silver Medal in the Ceramics & Glass category for “Cove Negative.” He formerly attended Ashley Ridge High School.
More than 230,000 submissions were received in diverse categories, including painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, film and animation, and video game design, among others. From those initial submissions, 1,600 of the most talented and ambitious students in grades 7-12 schools were chosen to receive national medals. Albert is one of the seven national award winners in art named for South Carolina.
Students' works were blindly adjudicated, first locally through the 116 affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the presenting nonprofit of the awards, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and arts professionals. This year's list of jurors included Edwidge Danticat, Myla Goldberg, Kurt Andersen, Althea Harper, Red Grooms, and Andres Serrano. Works were judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice. Teachers of national winners were also recognized with awards.