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Wauwatosa students’ artwork to be on exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum

January 10, 2019 

The Scholastic Art and Writing Award Program has recognized 66 Wauwatosa School District middle and high school students with a combined 84 regional awards in the 2020 Scholastic Art Awards – Wisconsin Exhibition.


Wauwatosa East High School alone won 63 regional awards for Scholastic Arts with students from every grade level and all four art teachers represented. All four Wauwatosa West High School art teachers also had students whose art was selected for awards. 


The nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens - which boasts notable alumni including Stephen King, Robert Redford, and Andy Warhol -  looks for work that demonstrates technical skill, personal voice or vision, and originality in high school and middle school students’ artwork.


Students in grades seven through 12 are invited to submit their original work for any of the Awards’ 29 art and writing categories, which include everything from Architecture and Painting to Poetry and Video Game Design. All works are evaluated through blind adjudication on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.  Student artists are encouraged to express and explore freely through their art; no topic is off-limits. 


Recipients of an Honorable Mention, Gold Key, or Silver Key will be honored during a regional Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony at the Milwaukee Art Museum on February 8, 2020.  Additionally, works receiving a Gold Key or Silver Key will be on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the 2020 Scholastic Art Awards - Wisconsin Exhibition February 1 through March 15, 2020.


All regional Gold Key winners have their art submitted to be judged nationally, with National Medalists announced in March. 


Wauwatosa School District 2020 Regional Gold Key Award Recipients include:

  • Maddie Bartz – Grade 10, Wauwatosa East
    • Digital Art, “These Waters”
    • Drawing & Illustration, “Bathtime”
  • Anna Berquist – Grade 12, Wauwatosa East
    • Photography, “Traveling Light”
  • Madelyn Dewey – Grade 9, Wauwatosa East
    • Drawing & Illustration, “Flower Shop”
  • Retta Gebhardt – Grade 9, Wauwatosa East
    • Drawing & Illustration, “Falling to Pieces”
  • Sky Greer – Grade 8 – Longfellow Middle School
    • Drawing & Illustration, "The Matriarchy is Coming"
  • Coleen Hackett – Grade 10, Wauwatosa East
    • Drawing and Illustration, “Yellow Daydream”
  • Levi Johnson – Grade 12, Wauwatosa East
    • Photography, “Accretion”
  • Jane Osowski – Grade 12, Wauwatosa East
    • Design, “Mary Janes”
  • Brienz Ottman, Grade 12, Wauwatosa East
    • Art Portfolio, “Oddessey”
    • Future New, “New Dress”; this piece also won the American Voices & Visions Medal, which is the highest regional honor awarded to one artist and one writer in each region.
  • Skye Sell – Grade 12, Wauwatosa East
    • Film & Animation, “Lisa”
    • Art Portfolio, “Life is a Fairytale”
  • Grace St. Denis -- Grade 10, Wauwatosa East
    • Drawing & Illustration, “Self Portrait”
  • Anastazja Branski – Grade 11, Wauwatosa West
    • Painting, “Malahat”
  • Cate DiCastri – Grade 10, Wauwatosa West
    • Drawing & Illustration, “Swimsuit”
  • Cooper Krause – Grade 9, Wauwatosa West
    • Drawing & Illustration, “Jean Jacket” 

To view the list of all regional Scholastic Art Awards winners, including other Wauwatosa School District students, click HERE. For additional information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards process, click HERE.