The artwork of 11 New Albany High School students will be on display through Feb. 2 at the Columbus College of Art and Design's Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave. in Columbus, as part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.
The competition, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to present the awards, includes more than 100 regional programs designed to recognize "the exceptional vision of our nation's youth" and to "provide a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents," according to the competition website.
Students in grades seven to 12, from public, private or home schools, send in artwork for 28 categories.
Regional shows have three levels of recognition: Gold Key, Silver Key and honorable mention. Five of the Gold Key pieces are chosen as best of show and all Gold Key winners from each regional show are eligible to move on to a national competition.
National competition participants are eligible for scholarship money. The alliance provides $250,000 in scholarships annually, as well as funding for participating teachers, according to the website.
New Albany High School art teacher Juliette Montague said two students each have two pieces in the exhibit: Hannah Taylor and Abby Fox.
Taylor and Abby Robbertz each had a piece named a Gold Key winner.
Fox, Meghan Jayes, Juli Sasaki and Alison Schaffir all had Silver Key winners.
Honorable mentions went to Rebecca Brown, Fox, Riley Gundlach, Andrea Quach, Alyssa Seneviratne, Emily Sproule and Taylor.
Montague said the central Ohio region received 1,400 individual submissions from schools in Ashland, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hocking, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, Richland and Morrow counties. Of those, 138 pieces received an honorable mention, 68 were chosen for Silver Key awards and 50 were given Gold Key awards.
"They tell you to choose what you think is your best work," said Seneviratne, a junior.
Taylor, a junior, said the students looked at previous winners' works on the competition website before choosing what to submit.
"It's supposed to show your growth as an artist," said Schaffir, a junior.
At least three of the students said they were interested in pursuing a career in art. Others said they probably would continue to create art, either as a hobby or something they incorporate into their careers.
"It won't be my career but I'd like to keep it in my life some way, maybe taking classes," Fox said.
Jayes, a senior who plans to study elementary education at the California University of Pennsylvania, said she hopes to teach English and history to fifth-graders, perhaps incorporating art in the learning process.
"They rely heavily on visuals at that age," Jayes said.