The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (MSAA) is a statewide regional affiliation of the National Scholastic Art Awards program. MSAA recognizes many of our state’s most creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. It’s open to all Minnesota students in grades 7 through 12.
The College of Visual Arts and the Art Educators of Minnesota celebrate the MSAA winners with an exhibition and ceremony. Selected artwork advances to the national competition in New York.
Entries can be submitted by a student’s art teacher or by the student. Submission of artwork for the MSAA is done completely online.
All submissions must be completed by Monday, December 17, 2012. Submission fees and printed forms must be postmarked no later than December 17.
$5 per individual entry submission (not $5.00 per person)
$20 per portfolio submission
Please make checks payable to: College of Visual Arts
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There is no limit to the number of submissions that can be made. Submission fees and printed forms must be postmarked no later than December 17.
How do I submit work?
What are the categories for submissions?
How do teachers register students for MSAA?
Important Dates for MSAA
MSAA Teacher Resources
PDF Purchase Order
Frequently Asked Questions
Submission of Artwork
Things you will need from each student before registering:
Follow along with these steps while doing your online registration:
All online submissions must be completed by Monday, December 17, 2012.
Announcement of Awards
Notification of MSAA Awards will be on January 22 by email.
Monday, January 28, 3 to 8 p.m. @ CVA Gallery
Tuesday, January 29, 3 to 8 p.m. @ CVA Gallery
February 7 - March 3, 2013
College of Visual Arts Gallery
173 Western Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Saturday, March 2
2 to 4 p.m. Teacher Workshop @ CVA Western Building
4 to 6 p.m. Teacher Reception @ CVA Gallery
All participating teachers are invited to join us for free workshops and a teacher reception. Workshop registration will begin February 1.
Sunday, March 3
10 to 3:00 p.m. Gold Key Exhibition Open House @ CVA Gallery
1 to 2:30 p.m. Gold Key Award Ceremony @ Minnesota History Center
3 to 5 p.m. Gold Key Artwork Pick-up @ CVA Gallery
Sunday, March 3, 3 to 5 p.m. @ CVA Gallery
Monday, March 4, 3 to 8 p.m. @ CVA Gallery
Information for teachers with Gold Key or Silver Key artwork:
If there are spelling mistakes, or other errors, please email ScholasticAwards@cva.edu immediately, and before January 29 to have the correction appear in the exhibition and publications.
For each of your entries awarded a Gold Key:
Teachers with portfolio entries that have been awarded a Portfolio Gold Key are asked to choose one piece of artwork from the portfolio to represent the student portfolio in the MSAA Gold Key Exhibition. Please follow the instructions above to prepare and deliver this piece.
Student artwork will be installed directly into the gallery. We will have limited space for storing boxes and other packaging. If you are delivering the artwork, please be aware that your packaging will be sent away with you.
What do the specific awards mean?
How will the MSAA Gold and Silver Keys and Merit Awards be celebrated?
Gold Key awarded students, along with their families and teachers, are invited to receive their awards at the MSAA Awards Ceremony and Reception on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the College of Visual Arts Gallery. Because of the number of participants, there will be separate multiple award ceremonies.
Silver Key and Merit awarded students will be represented in the exhibition with a digital slideshow.
What are the size limitations for MSAA entries?
2D artwork should not exceed 48 inches in any direction and, in general, the largest 2D work that is eligible is 36 by 48 inches and 3D artwork should not exceed 18 by 18 by 36 inches in dimensions and should not exceed 30 pounds in weight. Individual works that exceed the size limitations may be disqualified.
PLEASE BE CONSCIOUS OF SIZE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRIES. If there is an entry that exceeds the size limitations, a small photograph of the piece may be exhibited instead. For more information please contact ScholasticAwards@cva.edu.
How will the jury select artworks to receive awards?
MSAA entries are viewed by the jury as digital images. Jurors are instructed to select artwork that excels in:
The criteria for the MSAA Jury is dictated by the National Scholastic Art Awards. More detailed information about each area is explained here: http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/jurors/
Are there a certain number of awards given each year?
MSAA does not limit the number of Gold and Silver Key Awards. Typically, approximately 10-15% of Minnesota submissions receive regional recognition. Approximately, 1,200 young artists and writers across the country earn national recognition.
What happens to Gold Key work after the MSAA exhibition?
Digital images of MSAA Gold Key Artwork are sent on to New York to be juried with other regional winners. National adjudication of Gold Key qualifying works takes place in New York City in March. Gold Key works are judged digitally by the national jurors. If selected for the national exhibition, students and teachers are asked to ship the physical artwork to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in New York in April.
Which students' artworks will be exhibited in the National Art Exhibition?
National Gold Medals and National American Visions & Voices Awards will be exhibited at the National Art Exhibition in June in New York City.
Do students get scholarships for receiving national awards?
On the national level, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers offers $1,000 scholarships for Notable Achievement Portfolios and twelve $10,000 scholarships for Portfolio Gold Award recipients. Graduating seniors receiving national awards in Single Entry categories and Portfolio categories are eligible to seek funding from the participating Alliance Provider Network of institutions of higher education ranging from $1,000 to full-ride tuition scholarships. Students in grades 7 - 11 who receive regional Gold Keys may apply for $2,500 scholarships to summer art intensives.
When will the national award winners be announced?
National student winners and their teachers will hear directly from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers by mid-April. View some of the National Scholastic Art Award Medal images at the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers online gallery.
When will the nationally awarded artwork be returned to the student?
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers may hold the artwork for up to two years as indicated in the signed submission form. Typically, artwork is mailed to the home addresses of students in October one year after initial submission.
Can a teacher enter more than one piece by the same student?
Yes, a single student may have more than one piece entered.
Is there a specific theme students have to address?
There are no restrictions on content or subject matter in the Scholastic Art Awards. Students may approach any subject they choose.
Can students create work by rendering from photographs?
Creating work from photographs is allowed in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, if the image is taken by the student. Rendering copyrighted images is not acceptable. Copyright law does allow for the fair use of copyrighted material in limited and transformative purposes.
If a student creates a work with two mediums such as pencil and paint, is that considered mixed media?
No. Mixed Media consists of collage or assemblage where materials added together protrude from the 2D plane. A work done with both painting and drawing must be submitted in only one of those categories.
How does the student choose which works to include in an Art or Photography Portfolio submission?
Students should submit their best works that exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision. National jurors are often looking at the consistency of artwork/photography across the portfolio.
The deadline for all submissions to MSAA is December 17. Submission fees and printed forms must be postmarked no later than December 17.
Please email ScholasticAwards@cva.edu with any questions or concerns about the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards.
Machine's Humanity (detail)
Art Portfolio, Fashion
Perpich Center for Arts Education
This exhibition is co-sponsored by Art Educators of Minnesota & CVA.