Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization, hosts the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards with the sole purpose to find students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and to boost their work to a national level. With almost 100 affiliates across the country to make the contest more accessible, teens in grades 7-12 can submit their work in 28 different categories of art and writing for a chance to be recognized. In the
contest hosted this year, Littleton High Schools own, Junior Holley Brown has recently won nationals at the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Award.
Brown, a lover of art, created two entries; the first one being a welded metal sculpture nicknamed Trapped and the other a gold ram headdress, dubbed The Golden Ram.
“[The headdress] was made out of insulation foam that I glued and carved. I built a base out of buckram and wire, then covered it with cloth. I used roughly ten varieties of fall floral stuff I had found to decorate and fill in gaps,” Brown said, “I was up till 3 am doing it the night before it was due.”
The hard work paid off, because at a state level with around six thousand entries, Holley brought home two awards for her work: a silver for the metal sculpture and the gold for the headdress. The gold medal meant that the ram headdress went on to Nationals and she was also nominated for the American Vision Award – a type of best in show award.
“When I found out I won state I was blown away, it didn’t seem real and I was over the moon. When I found out I had won best in show out of 6000 people, I was even more ecstatic because it meant that I could potentially have a future building pieces like that,” Brown stated.
With hundreds of winners overall, less than forty people in Colorado were recognized. Out of the five nominees in Colorado that were nominated for the American Vision Award,
Holley Brown won the award for Colorado. Brown will accept her American Vision Award at Carnegie Hall in New York this June.