2023 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (MSAA)
Catrielle Barnett, Breaking the Record (Vinyl Record Outfits), Grade 12, Age 18, Gold Key, American Visions Nominee – Fashion
Perpich Center-Arts Education Golden Valley, Educators Katrina and Ray Barnett
The University of Minnesota presents the 2023 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (MSAA), with an exhibition at the Regis Center for Art and an Awards Ceremony at the Weisman Art Museum.
Exhibition, Location, and Gallery Hours
February 1 - 25, 2023
Gold Key Award Winners’ Exhibition
Includes digital slideshow of Silver Key award winners
Regis West Gallery
418 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis | (612) 624-7530
Gallery Hours *
Tuesday and Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm
* The Gallery will open at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 25.
Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Weisman Art Museum
333 River Road, Minneapolis | (612) 625-9494
Parking, Accessibility, Cost
Parking for the exhibition is available at Regis Center for Art nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp, 5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp; hourly or event rates apply.
Parking for the awards ceremony is available at the Weisman Art Museum in the Museum Garage located under the museum or the East River Road Garage. Limited meter parking is also available on the street. These parking locations, the Regis Center for Art, and the Weisman Art Museum are wheelchair-accessible. These events are FREE and open to the public.
Catherine Hicks, Jim Meek and Catherine Helen, Grade 11, Age 16 Gold Key, American Visions Nominee – Mixed Media
Breck School Minneapolis, Educator Michal Sagar
About the Exhibition and Awards Ceremony
The University of Minnesota presents the 2023 Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (MSAA), with an exhibition of artworks by hundreds of Gold Key student award winners and a digital slideshow of Silver Key student award winners from across the state of Minnesota at the Regis Center for Art and an Awards Ceremony at the Weisman Art Museum. The presentation of the MSAA exhibition at the Regis Center for Art, and the awards ceremony at the Weisman Art Museum, demonstrates the high level of achievement by art students in Minnesota, and the exceptional academic resources at the University of Minnesota for the study, practice, presentation, and interpretation of the visual arts. This is the ninth consecutive year the University of Minnesota has hosted the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards and its collaboration with the Art Educators of Minnesota is emblematic of the University’s commitment to furthering the educational and artistic opportunities for young people in Minnesota.
Emmett Johnson, Personal Space, Grade 12, Age 17, Gold Key, American Visions Nominee – Photography
North High School, North St Paul, Educator Melissa Mandel
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Celebrating 100 Years
MSAA is part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – the longest running, most prestigious competition and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers in the United States. The Awards program was created in 1923 by Maurice R. Robinson, founder of Scholastic Corporation, and has been administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers since 1994. It has an impressive legacy and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Joyce Carol Oates, and many others. The Awards are open to all students in grades 7 through 12 from public, private and home schools throughout the U.S. (and its territories), as well as American-run schools abroad and community programs serving eligible student populations.
The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers gives out over a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to top award-winning creative teens to help fund their continued education. Each year, 15 Portfolio Gold Medalists receive $10,000 awards, representing the highest level of achievement for graduating seniors. In addition, national award-winning seniors are eligible for scholarships from a network of 60-plus arts institutes, universities, colleges, and summer programs, which annually earmark well over $5 million in financial aid and scholarships for Scholastic Award winners. The Scholastic Art Awards are also recognized by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of leading art and design colleges in the United States, as an effective way for artistic students to develop successful portfolios for college admission.
Anita Lam, Post-Commute, Grade 12, Age 16, Gold Key, American Visions Nominee – Painting
Prior Lake High School, Savage, MN, Educator Kristi Malmgren
The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards program is organized and administered by the Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the professional interests and concerns of visual and media arts educators at all levels. AEM supports advocacy for quality arts education for all learners, supports visual art student events that recognize artistic expression and quality, encourages professional growth and collaboration by providing networking opportunities to share ideas and information, informs its members about current trends and issues, fosters leadership, and acknowledges professional excellence in visual and media arts education.
Sponsored by the Art Educators of Minnesota, the Department of Art, the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing of St. Paul, and Beth Bergman.
Xaria Williams, Pensive, Grade 12, Age 17, Gold Key, American Visions Nominee – Photography
Breck School, Minneapolis, MN, Educator Dallas Crow
Wet Paint Inclusion Scholarship
Now in its third year, the Wet Paint Inclusion Scholarship provided by Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing of St. Paul, is a cash award made to a first year student at the University of Minnesota who participated in the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards, with additional consideration given to underrepresented communities. Additional support is provided by Beth Bergman.
Art Educators of Minnesota Mission
Promote and advocate quality art education for all learners by providing professional growth opportunities for all Minnesota Visual and Media Arts Educators to learn, collaborate, advocate and acknowledge excellence in the profession.
Department of Art Mission
At the Regis Center for Art, we believe that art has the power to transform our understanding of the world. The artistic practice and research undertaken by our students and professors has a lasting impact on the individual, the community and the environment, and resonates on visceral, emotional and philosophical levels. We experiment, we take risks, we engage critically and collaboratively with one another. With our work, we help to provide crucial leadership and context to the ongoing, urgent societal conversations that are taking place at the university and beyond, about our roles and responsibilities to ourselves, to one another, and to the planet itself.
Katherine E. Nash Gallery Mission
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other and society.
Weisman Art Museum Mission
The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota creates art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking, and transformation, linking the University and the community. Since its origin in 1934, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum has been a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. Today, education remains central to the museum’s mission to make the arts accessible to the University and public communities.