Parker School junior Isabel Peters has won a Gold Key Award at the 2010 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Arts Awards.
The Gold Key is the highest level of achievement on the regional level for student artists. The competition was extremely stiff with more than 1,100 submissions. Peters represents the Big Island with this esteemed Gold Key Award.
Peter’s work “Portrait 23” is currently on display at the Hawaii State Art Museum on Oahu and will be sent to New York City where the National Student Art Exhibition will be on display in June 2010.
Approximately 300 works of art and more than 40 works of have been chosen from the national award winners of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for inclusion in the exhibition.
The Alliance also holds ongoing exhibitions at the U.S. Department of Education and The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
In 1923, The Awards were founded in order to offer recognition and scholarships to students for their artistic talents, instead of their academic or athletic abilities.
Students who excel in the visual arts and creative writing participate in The Awards in order to earn recognition, get their work exhibited or published, and to earn scholarships. Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners have gone on to become artists, authors, poets, film directors, photographers, painters, designers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and much, much more.
For many students, such as Andy Warhol and Sylvia Plath, winning a Scholastic Award gave them the confidence to pursue careers in the arts and the resolve to commit to creative lives.
Isabel has also received a nomination from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a merit scholarship for her photography portfolio. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a leader in art education for more than 143 years, offers world-class resources to its thriving art community.
“SAIC is one of the most influential art schools of the past century,” said Heidi Buscher, Parker School art teacher. “The students there have access to the museum which holds legendary collections of art.”
Buscher added, “Isabel is an artist through and through. She is a classic example of Parker School trying to help students reach their individual potential and will be an excellent addition to any art school.”
Maren Oom, Fine Arts Director at Parker School adds “I am one of Isabel’s biggest fans. I believe she has the talent and dedication to take her to the ultimate heights.”