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Poly Prep senior wins Gold Key Award in 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing competition

March 9, 2015 From Poly Prep
Poly Prep senior Rowan McAllister won a Gold Key Award for his self-portrait photograph. Photo courtesy of Poly Prep
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Poly Prep artist and Rhode Island School of Design-bound senior Rowan McAllister (’15) won a Gold Key Award for a self-portrait in the photography category of the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

This year, in the New York region, the competition received a record 11,000-plus submissions in all categories, which makes McAllister’s award all the more notable.

McAllister also won six honorable mentions in the drawing and illustration category.

McAllister’s photograph, along with other Gold Key-winning artwork in the competition, will be displayed at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Ruth & Harold D. Uris Center for Education starting on March 16 and continuing to May 17.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015 in New York City are sponsored by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Parsons The New School for Design.

The 2015 awards ceremony will be held on March 21 at The New School.

“The piece of art is a photograph I made of me in a tree. In the picture, there are 9 of me, all wearing red, spread out on different branches in the tree or on the ground,” McAllister said about his award-winning photograph. “The piece is a self-portrait, which I created in Photoshop. It does not have a title.”

“My art classes at Poly have helped me enjoy art more and build on my skills as an artist,” he said.

“Rowan is truly unique — in fact I will go as far as to say, I have never had a student who is as creative and action-oriented as he is,” Poly’s Visual Arts Chair Jo-Ann Menchetti told the Eagle. “Rowan is a wonderful student and a complete joy to teach, and I know he is on the verge of many wonderful new experiences at RISD.”

Regional submissions that have been awarded a Gold Key have automatically been forwarded to the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards where they will be assessed once again, alongside the Gold Key works submitted by young artists from across the country. The results of the national competition and American Visions will be announced on March 16.

“Congratulations to Rowan McAllister on his Gold Key Award and best of luck in his continued studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in the fall,” Headmaster David B. Harman commented.

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