Colorado Art Awards


National Site:


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12, ages 13+.

In 2019, Colorado has over 6,000 pierces of art from approximately 2,200 students in the program. Submissions are adjudicated and selected works will go on display at the History Colorado Center, Colleen Fanning Art Advisory's Chancery Building, and the Sie Center. Judges look for work that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, American Visions & Voices Nominations in the Spring of 2020 will be celebrated at the regional exhibition and Spring awards ceremonies. 


Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals and Special Awards. National Medalists will be recognized at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2020.


To learn more about Scholastics Art Awards and how to enter, please click HERE

About the Colorado Art Region

The History Colorado Center serves as the host for Colorado’s region. The Colorado Art Education Association is the official affiliate sponsor. This prestigious national program has been an annual event in Colorado for the last 72 years.


To request a field trip with the History Colorado Center to see the exhibition, complete their form:

Submission fees have changed for 2019-2020

Individual submissions are $7 each and $25 per portfolio

Participant Limits:

Participants minimum age is 13 years or older from the time of submission.

Students who are not 13 years of age by the deadline are not eligible to participate. 

Photo and Portfolio Limits:

Each student is allowed to submit a maximum of 16 individual photos and 2 art portfolios.  

Educators: We are short on volunteers. YEP! We ask now that:

For schools with over 100 total submitted pieces (including portfolios of 8 images), an educator or school contact will need to be responsible for attending the submission form check in on January 11th and/or 12th to assist with the entries for up to 3 hours.

Complete the volunteer form HERE for signup slots. 

Showcased at

 Mount Elbert Sponsors

Mount Bierstadt Sponsors

Joyce Butler

Victoria Clements

Gayla Solomon

Little Bear Peak Sponsors

University of Northern Colorado

Patricia A Moran

Gayla Soloman

Gwen Ahler