Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Belin-Blank Center is proud to serve as the Iowa and Midwest Region-at-Large Affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Over the past 90 years, the Awards have recognized and encouraged artists and writers such as: Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Tom Otterness, Zac Posen, among countless others.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing award winners! Access to lists of the award winners is below. Note: Novels are adjudicated separately in NY. Notification of these awards will occur in mid-April.


See the Awards and Print Your Certificates →

For those of you who receive Honorable Mention, Silver and Gold Awards, please click on the link above to print your certificates.

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What is the Belin-Blank Center Scholastic Celebration?

The Belin-Blank Center Presents: A Scholastic Celebration in Three Acts is a new and exciting celebration of the very best artists and writers in the Iowa and Midwest Regions of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Who is recognized?

Students who earned Honorable Mention, Silver, or Gold Key Awards in either Art or Writing in the Iowa or Midwest Regions will receive a medal.

We also recognize the teachers who are listed on the submission forms of student pieces. Teachers will also receive an award.

How many students and teachers are honored?

Over 1700 students from throughout Iowa and the Midwest Region are invited to participate in the annual Belin-Blank Center Scholastic Celebration along with almost 600 teachers. Each teacher from the student submission form of the award winner work will automatically be invited to attend.

When and where is the Celebration?

Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the University of Iowa's Memorial Union.

When is check-in?

Check-in begins at 12:30 in the Hubbard Commons and is followed by the Celebration in Three Acts.

What is the Celebration in Three Acts?

ACT I      12:30-1:45      2nd floor Ballroom, IMU Act one highlights the amazing talents of our Scholastic winners with an art and writing show! Selected artists and writers will have their pieces on display for your viewing enjoyment. In addition, we will have a “Reading Room” where selected writers will do brief readings of their works. There will be representatives from several art and writing organizations available to talk with you while you sip on provided beverages. Finally, you can take part in a community mural and there will be several photo opportunities for you and your friends!

ACT II      2:00-3:15      Main Lounge, IMU The second act of the Celebration is an exciting and entertaining show that will recognize and celebrate all of the artists, writers and teachers. Special guests will join us live and via video to congratulate you on your accomplishments. American Voices and American Visions Nominees, along with our Grant Wood Legacy Award Winners, will be recognized on stage during the show. Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, will be our Honored Guest.

ACT III      3:15-4:00      Hubbard Commons, IMU The final act is a reception…but, with a magical twist! What is a celebration without a little music…and, sweets…and, even dancing?? Relax and have some fun before heading home.

What are the deadlines to RSVP?

We ask that you RSVP as soon as possible. We need all RSVP’s in by Monday, February 20 extended to Saturday, February 25.

How do we respond to the invitation?

Students and teachers will both receive instructions on how to RSVP in the email invitation.

Should I contact my teacher?

The designated teacher on the student submission form will be emailed separately from the student. However, we do encourage you to be in touch your teacher, especially if you are traveling from a distance. Making arrangements for attending the celebration is the responsibility of the family and the teacher.

If I'm not able to attend, do I need to respond to the invitation anyway?

Yes, please.

What if I am not able to attend the Belin-Blank Center Scholastic Celebration?

All students, whether they are able to attend the Celebration or not, will be able to print out a personalized certificate of recognition after the event. We will also send gold and silver pins to educators to distribute to their students. Student medals and teacher awards will be presented to Celebration attendees only.

Will newspapers receive information about my invitation to the Belin-Blank Center Scholastic Celebration?

We encourage you to submit a press release on your behalf to your local paper. A press release will be included on our website soon.

From where are the students coming?

The Belin-Blank Center serves students and teachers from across Iowa and the Midwest Region. The majority of the students will be from Iowa, however, we will have students and teachers travel from Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin!

Who else may attend the Belin-Blank Center Scholastic Celebration?

Seating in the Iowa Memorial Union is limited; therefore each honored student may invite two attendees, and each honored teacher may invite one attendee.