MONTCLAIR, NJ - Art student Peyton McGarry won the Gold Key award when the 2020 Scholastic Art Awards were announced, making her one of six Chatham High students to receive recognition.

McGarry won her Gold Key award in the "Future New" category for her piece titled "Gun Re-form", which will be displayed at the Montclair Art Museum and where it will be considered for national-level recognition.

“The caliber of artwork that is considered for the Scholastic Art Awards is extremely high, as are the number of submissions," Kiera Spadaro, CHS art teacher, said. "The judges making the selections are highly respected members of the art community. For our students to have received acknowledgment for their artwork is an honor and a testament to their talent and hard work.

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"I am especially excited for Peyton to have her sculpture seen by a large audience at the Montclair Art Museum and to have it move on to the national level!”

Also earning awards from Chatham High were Michael Culleton, Elisabeth Diplas, Maia Horowitz, and Shenjia Liu. All won Silver Key Awards.

Culleton won in the “Mixed Media” category for his piece titled “Time Web.” Diplas won two Silver Key Awards in the “Painting” category for her pieces titled “I Cut-Out” and “THE PLANE;”

Horowitz won in the “Jewelry” category for her piece “Geometric Necklace;” and Liu won in two categories: in the “Digital Art” category, he won for his piece titled “Hunger,” and for the “Mixed Media” category, he won for his piece titled “Fishing.”

Liu and Ella Isadora Shaw also received Honorable Mention. Liu was recognized for two pieces in the “Mixed Media” category: “Impossible Shape” and “Self-Portrait.” He was also recognized in the “Painting” category for three pieces: “Drowsing,” “Drift,” and “Old man.”

In “Digital Art,” he received Honorable Mention for “Whack-a-Dude,” and for the “Art Portfolio” category, he received Honorable Mention for “Outside of the rectangle.” Shaw received Honorable Mention in “Painting” for her piece titled “Buildingsroman.” 

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized some of America’s most celebrated artists while they were teenagers, including: Andy Warhol, Zac Posen, Idelle Weber, Ken Burns, Luis Jiménez, and Kay WalkingStick. A jury of professional artists, curators, and arts educators spent more than 30 hours reviewing 3,570 works of art submitted by 1,330 individual student artists from across northern New Jersey.

Gold Key winning work will be exhibited at Montclair Art Museum from Feb. 15 to March 22, 2020. Museum hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.