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Art Award Winners

New Albany High School has an award winning history with students winning recognitions and awards in the Louisville Metro Region of the National Scholastic Art Awards. Some of our students have gone on to win Gold and Silver medals at the national level. Winning Scholastic Art Awards opens the doors for scholarships for students pursuing a degree in art and design.

We have consistently placed in the Indiana 9th District Congressional Art Competition. Our students won the competition in 2008 and 2013 and have placed in the top 3 consistently. New Albany students have won St. James Art Show Scholarships in Art and Photography. The Art Jam competition at Ivy Tech has awarded several scholarships to our students over the last few years. Our students have also been awarded the University of Louisville Stern J. Bramson Photography Award.

The past couple of years have proven challenging and many shows and competitions were suspended. We look forward to our students getting back into the competitive spirit and brining home many awards and scholarships in the 2022/23 school year!

Competitive Art Shows & Competitions

St. James Court Scholarship Competition (Sept)

The Hite Art Institute hosts the St. James Court Scholarship Foundation’s Highschool Scholarship Competition. Open to area HS students pursuing a degree in Fine Arts, the competition offers students a chance at a scholarship to attend the University of Louisville.

Kylie Crawford won a $4,500 Scholarship in the 2016 St. James High School Art Scholarship Competition.  She submitted a portfolio of 5 mixed media pieces and competed with close to 40 portfolio submissions.

*Ann Higbie Scholarship

The Ann Higbie Scholarship – $15,000 Sponsored by St. James Court Association and the University of Louisville

Elizabeth Smith won the Ann Higbie Scholarship for 2017. Congrats, Elizabeth!

*Betty Cory Scholarship

The Betty Cory Scholarship – $15,000 Sponsored by St. James Court Association and the University of Louisville

Olivia Kaelin won the Betty Cory Scholarship for 2017. Congrats, Lili!


Gilda’s Club “Write Stuff” Competition (Dec)

Students were asked to write or make art reflecting on their connections to cancer.  Two students from New Albany High School were the top two winners in the Art Category. Below is Lucinda Quinn who won first place in the 2016 Gilda’s Club Fine Art “Write Stuff” Competition. The other is Emily Yellina’s piece, that won second place. You can find out more at Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Dec/Jan)

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country.

*Regional Winners:

Congratulations to Gabrielle Clark for winning a Gold Key in the Regional Scholastic Art Competition.  Senior, Jayda Rhodes was awarded a Gold Key Individual and Gold Key Portfolio award for her series of underwater images.  Cecilie Gisleberg also won a Gold Key for her oil pastel portrait.







Congratulations to Krystianna Hunt for winning an Honorable Mention for her Mixed Portfolio in the 2018 Scholastic Art Competition!

*National Winners:

Congratulations to Seniors, Gaby Clark and Jayda Rhodes, for winning 2019 National Scholastic Art Silver Medals! Their art was Juried as top in the nation among over 340,000 entries! Jayda is pictured here with her underwater photograph title “Yellow Flower” and Gabi is next to her oil painting titled “Rudolf”.

Below are images of two NAHS seniors who have won Gold Key Awards, and their artwork.  Their art will continue via digital images to the National Level of judging in New York City.  National winners should be announced by early April. The Gold Key art can be viewed at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft until Feb. 26, 2017.  This is a professional venue for our students to exhibit and is quite an honor to have work selected at the level.  There were nearly 2000 entries and their art is in the top 10 percent from schools in 11 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The first two pictures are of Caitlin Randall, the third is Emily Yellina.

Women’s History Month Poster Competition (Feb)

Juried Exhibition of Student Art, Violin Themed (March)

The Juried Exhibition of Student Art is the education program which officially “kicks off” the activities of the quadrennial International violin competition of Indianapolis (IVCI).  There were over 26,000 entries in grades 1-12, and 169 teachers from 58 counties across the state took part in this exciting program.  There were only 5 artworks selected from the 11th – 12th grade category submissions and these two New Albany High School Students’, Jalen Gornek and Krystianna Hunt, artwork was selected in the top 5 in this category!


Ivy Tech School of Fine Art & Design, Art Jam (March)

Junior Mackenzye Reisert won an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Ivy Tech Art Jam High School Art competition.  Her work is currently on exhibition in the Pat Harrison Art Gallery in Sellersburg, IN.

Sophomore, Eden Lavigne, won an Honorable Mention at Ivy Tech’s 2018 Art Jam Competition! She created this artwork in Photography class while learning about Surrealism and layering using Adobe Photoshop.

Jolene Aragon Dearborn is an exhibiting artist in this show too, artwork can be seen at the Ivy Tech College Gallery in Sellersburg.






Here is a photo of Caitlin Randall with her First Place artwork at the Ivy tech Art Jam competition. The Theme was “Moving Forward” in the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
She has won a $1,000 scholarship to Ivy Tech!

Congressional Art Competition (April)

Olivia (Lili) Kaelin won the Congressional Art Competition for the Indiana 9th Congressional District.  Her colored pencil drawing of Romeo Langford is an amazing artwork titled “Hoosier of Our Hysteria”.  She and Romeo are classmates.  Lili had Romeo sign the drawing before she entered it in the competition.  Her artwork will be exhibited for a year in Washington D. C. in the tunnels that run between the Congressional Offices and the Capitol Building!  Congratulations Lili!


Congratulations to Junior, Jenna Townsend, who won the Grand Prize in the Indiana 9th Congressional District Art competition.  Congressman Trey Hollingsworth came to our school on May 10, 2017, to congratulate Jenna on her accomplishment!  Her work will go to Washington D.C. and hang in the tunnels that run between the Congressional Offices and the Nation’s Capitol.  She will be recognized in a special ceremony in Washington D.C. this summer!  She is featured in this photo with Congressman Hollingsworth and her teacher, Trish Korte.

Other New Albany High School winners were also congratulated by Congressman Hollingsworth!  Shantanna Argueta won an Honorable Mention (on the left) and Kelsey Humphrey won Second Place (on the right).  Congratulations to these talented students too!

NAFCS Secondary Art Show & Competition (April)

Since 1971, Visual Art Educators in our school corporation have coordinated the New Albany Floyd County Secondary Art Show, which features student art work juried in by their teachers. The annual art show is then juried by a panel of professional artists and former art educators. Recent judges have included, nationally known fiber artist, Penny Sisto, as well as regional artists Elmer Lucille Allen, Betty Levi, and Yin-Rei Hicks. Student work is juried for cash prizes sponsored by the Art Awards Fund. Community sponsors for Best of Show and Merit Awards include The Carnegie Center for Art and History (exhibition space), Plum Blossom Studio, Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artist (LAFTA), Amy Squires Memorial Award. The show is exhibited for two weeks at the Carnegie Center for Art and History. The opening reception will take place the Thursday of the instillation week and culminates with an awards ceremony the last Wednesday of the shows run. We are pleased to award over $1500.00 to aspiring young artists!

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Art Exhibition (May)

In May, to bring awareness to the unique mental health challenges that students can face, 132 students representing 18 high schools across Indiana, created and submitted artwork pieces in various mediums for the “Your Health Matters” student art competition and showcase.

Madison Chautauqua Art Print (May/June)

Support the NAFC Education Foundation!!

Special thanks to the New Albany Floyd County Education Foundation  Great Classroom Grant for Mrs. Schultz’s art classrooms!  They were able to purchase Gelli Printing plates, brayers, and stencils to make custom papers for the animal collage!

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Senior Art Showcase at the 45th Annual Secondary Art Show Awards Ceremony features Elizabeth Wafford with her artwork and Emily Yellina with her art.




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