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Scholastic Art + Writing Competition

The Annual Greater Cleveland Scholastic Art + Writing Competition and Exhibition 

Students and their families admiring work on display during the Scholastic Art and Writing reception.

Each year the Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition that recognizes creative achievement in area 7-12 grade students. The young artists and writers compete for cash prizes, medals, and scholarship awards. A panel of local professional artists, art educators, writers, and writing educators jury the exhibit and select the awarded pieces from nearly 3,000 entries. Students who receive Gold Key Awards for individual works and portfolios continue to the national competition held each spring in New York City.

Since its start in 1927, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have acted as a venue for the community to view the exceptional creative work of public, private, and home-schooled students from the Greater Cleveland area. It also provides students, parents, and art instructors an opportunity to understand the importance of developing and encouraging creativity. Art & Writing alumni include Cy Twombly, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Stephen King, and Sylvia Plath.

Learn more about the Scholastic Art + Writing Competition and Exhibition.

For Students

Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools in the rest of the world enrolled in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Awards. CIA hosts the Greater Cleveland region, which includes Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake County schools. If you reside in a different county you can check the affiliate listing to find your region. The submission deadline is Tuesday, December 8, 2020. To learn more about how to create a student account and submit pieces, visit the Art & Writing website.

For Educators

Teachers will need to create a new account each year. Once this first step is completed you can begin linking students and their work to your account. Educators will sign each submission form (along with parents and students), and can submit bulk submission fee payments through a purchase order or school payment. More information is available in our Teacher Resource Sheet.

Media Mesh Schedule

Come see the awarded artwork on CIA's media mesh, a digital screen used to highlight featured artists and their work. The media mesh is located on the west-facing side of our academic building. We are including work that received Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recognition. Please see the schedule below to find out when your work will be shown.

Students with last names beginning with Dates Time
A through F
Fri–Sun, Feb 5-7
Sat, Mar 6
G through L
Fri–Sun, Feb 12–14
Sun, Mar 7
M through R
Fri–Sun, Feb 19–21
Sat, Mar 13
S through Z
Fri–Sun, Feb 26–28
Sun, Mar 14

Questions? Contact our office at 216.421.7460 or

Creative Writing Inspired by Art

What happens when creative writers respond to visual art? In a three-day workshop led by 2021 Scholastic writing keynote speaker Zach Savich, Scholastic writing students wrote original pieces that explore “ekphrasis”—a term for imaginative writing that engages with art. 
The students each selected a work of art from the Scholastic Art exhibit to respond to and explored how close looking can inspire new insights about writing and the arts.
View the online exhibition here, or download the exhibition booklet here

For more information:

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Scholastic Events

  • January 30: Ceremony + exhibition go live
  • February 5: Deadline to sign up for three-day writing workshop, Creative Writing Inspired by Art
  • February 13: Creative Writing Inspired by Art workshops begin

Photographing Work For Entry

Help your students take the best pictures of their work. Take a look at these videos:

Photographing 2D Work
Photographing 3D Work