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The Middle Tennessee
a program of The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

2015 REGIONAL Winners

2015 NATIONAL Winners

What are The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a national nonprofit organization, was established in 1994 to provide guidance and support for the next generation. The Alliance fosters the creative development of youth across the country through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program, involving over 90,000 students in grades 7 – 12 each year.

The process begins as young artists and writers submit more than 230,000 creative works to a network of Regional Affiliates that locally administer the awards. The most outstanding works from each of the regions are then sent to New York to be judged on a national level. For the past six years, students have submitted more than 1 million works and over $40 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning participants.

For the 24th consecutive year, Cheekwood is proud to partner with the Alliance to host the regional competition and exhibition for Middle Tennessee. Regional winners are eligible for scholarships and cash prizes, are part of the exhibition at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, and have their work sent to New York City for national judging.

Who Is Eligible?
Students in grades 7-12 may submit exemplary visual artwork, newly created from January – December 2014. The student must reside in the counties of Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, or Wilson. Students should discuss their interest in the competition with their school art teacher. Students attending schools that are not participating may enter independently. Artwork should be pre-juried by the school art teacher.

When are Submission Deadlines?
All students and teachers must be registered through the Online Registration System WITH uploaded artwork by Monday, December 15, 2014. The registration is NOT complete until signed submission forms and fees have been received by the Cheekwood Education department. Submission forms and fees are due by Thursday, December 18, 2014.

How Do I Enter?
1) Participants and teachers must register at
2) All artwork MUST be uploaded to the Online Registration System. See upload image requirements below.
3) A copy of the completed submission form with required signatures and fees must be sent to Cheekwood’s Education department at:
Attn: Karen Kwarciak
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205
4) Teachers must submit a school inventory form when sending in their submission forms. Click here for the School Inventory Form.

What are the Entry Fees?
$5.00 per individual entry
$20.00 per portfolio
*Checks can be made payable to Cheekwood

Fee waivers are available to students for whom fees are a barrier to participate. Teachers or administrators may submit the fee waiver form with their submission form. Forms should be sent to and must be received by December 5.

What are the Submission Guidelines?
To see a list of art categories enter your school’s zip code at

Upload image requirements:
• Artwork must be submitted as a JPEG file.
• Print dimensions must be 5” x 7” or larger. Image resolution must be 300 dpi.
• Students can scan photography at 100%.

Size Limitations for ACTUAL Artwork:
Set by the national office of The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
• 2D artwork should not exceed 48 inches in any direction and, in general, the largest 2D work that is eligible is 36" x 48".
• 3D artwork should not exceed 18" x 18" x 36" in dimensions and should not exceed 30 pounds in weight. Individual works that exceed the size limitations may be disqualified.

Matting Requirements for Gold Key Award Winners:
If your artwork wins a Gold Key award, you will be notified immediately after judging. All 2D works must be matted to the below specifications:
• All 2D flat artwork must be matted in a bright white standard mat. No poster or railroad board will be accepted.
• All 2D flat artwork will only be accepted if matted to fit one of the following finished frame sizes: 12x16, 12x18, 16x22, 18x24, 22x28, 24x36. Pieces that are larger than 24x36 do not have to be matted. However, these pieces will need to have a rigid backer-board for support.
• All pieces must have a backer-board, such as cardboard or chipboard, for support. Please attach the artwork securely to the backer board.
• Canvases, Canvas Boards, and 3D pieces do not need to be matted.
• Please do not wrap artwork in acetate or other clear material. If needed, attach temporary cover to artwork with one strip of removable tape.

Please note: If your piece does not meet the above requirements and wins a Gold Key award, it will not be displayed in Cheekwood’s exhibition but can be submitted to New York for national adjudication.

Art and Portfolios:
Review the Portfolio Submission Guidelines in the ‘Regional Guidelines and Deadlines’ section at for specific instructions on portfolio entries. All Portfolios require an Artist Statement, and this should be uploaded online when registering and uploading artwork.

When is the Regional Celebration & Exhibition?
Ceremony: Saturday, January 31 (Alternate date in the event of inclement weather: Saturday, February 7)
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205

Exhibition: Friday, January 31 – Sunday, April 19
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205

Cheekwood works with local colleges that provide scholarships to Gold or Silver Key winners. Click here to see a list of 2015 scholarship providers.

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Contact Karen Kwarciak, School and Outreach Coordinator at 615.353.6973 or

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