GRAYSLAKE – Grayslake Central High School student Nathan Corpuz earned a Silver Scholastic Art Award for his drawing titled “Reflection Still Life.”
“I just wanted to gauge my abilities as an artist, so winning an award meant a lot to me. I haven’t taken art as seriously as I am now,” Corpuz said.
According to the Scholastic website, the Scholastic Art and Writing awards date back to 1923.
“A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike and many more,” according to the website.
“Each year, the alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring the awards to local communities. Teens in seventh through 12th grades can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients.
“Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.”
“D127 has so many talented art students, and I was very excited that Nathan took the initiative to participate in the Scholastic Art Awards this year,” said Grayslake Central art teacher Kay Silva. “We are very proud of him and hope we can expand this opportunity for more art students in the future.”