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Scholastic Art + Writing Competition

The Annual Greater Cleveland Scholastic Art + Writing Competition and Exhibition 

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.

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

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.

View the 2020 Art Award listing here.

View the 2020 Writing Award listing here. 

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. Submissions open on September 12. 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.

Questions? Contact our office at 216.421.7460 or

See the Exhibition

The 2020 exhibition is on view Tuesday, January 21 through Friday, January 31 during the following hours:

  • Mon-Thurs, 10am - 5pm
  • Friday, 10am-9pm
  • Sat/Sun, Noon-5pm

The Reinberger Gallery is located at 11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH 44106. 

2020 Juror Spotlights

Get to know the artists and writers judging the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. 


View the full juror listing for the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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