Elder Earns Art Accolades at Scholastic Art Competition

Winners of the 2020 Regional Scholastic Art Competition included twenty-five individual Elder art pieces and one art portfolio (Simon Feist '20). Jason Thomas ’20 also had his winning piece "Midnight Lights" selected as an American Visions Nominee.
Congratulations to our Elder Art Department and the following students:

Gold Key Winners:
  • Finnian Brooke ’21, Untitled, Drawing & Illustration
  • TJ Jung ’21, Red Man Walking, Photography
  • Quentin McFarren ’21, Revival, Photography
  • Ethan Plagge ’20, Upend, Drawing & Illustration
  • Brian Ridner ’21, Antithetical Swimmer, Drawing & Illustration
  • Jason Thomas ’20, Midnight Lights, Mixed Media
  • Jason Thomas ’20, Marble, Painting
  • Jason Thomas ’20, Rise, Mixed Media
Silver Key Winners:
  • Simon Feist ’20, Rocky Beach, Drawing & Illustration
  • TJ Jung ’21, I Don’t Care, Mixed Media
  • Jack Langen ’20, Get Out, Photography
  • Jason Thomas ’20, Vessels, Photography
  • Simon Feist ’20, Animals, Art Portfolio
Honorable Mention Winners:
  • Finnian Brooke ’21, Spaceship, Drawing & Illustration
  • Finnian Brooke ’21, Junkpile, Drawing & Illustration
  • Simon Feist ’20, Me, Drawing & Illustration
  • Caleb Freed ’22, Misty Morning, Photography
  • Sam Kiehl ’22, Last Struggle, Sculpture
  • Anthony Lay ’23, Hotel, Mixed Media
  • Max Lemasters ’23, Folded Pages, Sculpture
  • Gabriel McDonald ’21, Delicate Destruction, Drawing & Illustration
  • Brian Ridner ’21, Diluted Swimmer, Drawing & Illustration
  • Daniel Robben ’20, Tree Stump, Sculpture
  • Daniel Robben ’20, Hanging T-shirts, Sculpture
  • Damien Sanders ’23, Hee Hee, Mixed Media
  • Kaden Siler ’22, shattered self, Photography


The Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) is proud to administer the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana on our urban campus in historic Over-the-Rhine. The annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's most prestigious recognition initiative for creative students in grades 7-12 and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers in the nation. Judges reviewed nearly 5,000 pieces submitted. Works were judged on originality, technical skills, and the emergence of personal vision or voice.

Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recognition and AAC scholarships will be awarded to students. Regional Gold Key recipients go on to compete for national medals in an Exhibit that culminates with the National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY.

Important Dates:
  • February 10-21, 2020: Scholastic Art Show
    • Open to the public 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
    • Location: Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • February 21, 2020: Awards Ceremony
    • Times: Grades 7-10, 6:30-7:30 P.M.; Grades 11-12, 8:00-9:30 P.M.
    • Locatoin: School for the Creative and Performing Arts, 108 W. Central Parkway, downtown Cincinnati