2015 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards
January 24 – March 8, 2015
The Asheville Art Museum and the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects are the Western North Carolina Regional Affiliates of the Scholastic Art Awards. This ongoing community partnership has supported the creative talents of our region’s youth for 35 years. The Western North Carolina Regional program is open to students in grades 7-12 across 20 counties. The regional program is judged in two groups: Group I, grades 7-8 and Group II, grades 9-12. We received nearly 800 entries from students across our region. The 2015 Regional Judges are: Bill Byers, Carol Bomer and Court McCracken. The judges carefully viewed each entry then selected Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention award recipients in a variety of media. Out of all the entries, 123 works have been recognized by the judges and are featured in this exhibition. Those works receiving Gold Key Awards will be sent to compete in the 92nd Annual National Scholastic Art Awards Program in New York City.
We will be uploading the artwork of the Regional Gold Key recipients soon, so please check back!
For more information on the Scholastic Art Awards: www.artandwriting.org.
Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony
FEBRUARY 15 – Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Diana Wortham Theatre
Mike Cox’s vision, leadership and insight advance the architectural profession in North Carolina and
Through his professional leadership and AIA service, Mike Cox is positioning the profession to survive
unprecedented challenges and is shaping an environment for the profession of architecture to thrive.
Mike established the North Carolina Recovery Coalition, directed the reestablishment of the state’s
Continuing Education Academy, and engineered the financial vehicle for the construction of the AIANC
Center for Architecture and Design (CfA+D). These achievements, in the face of financial hardship,
continue to direct political action, provide professional education, ensure the Chapter’s financial solvency,
and place architecture and professional practice at the forefront of public awareness.
Mike Cox’s AIA leadership has resulted in enduring coalitions and connections between the
profession, policy makers, the public, and AIA legacy leaders. Mike advanced a professional
agenda, challenging legislative inaction and obstructionism. Mike founded the AIANC Recovery
Coalition and populated the group with state construction industry leaders. North Carolina’s AIA
Legislative forum was thus transformed into a multi-disciplinary movement that continues to
this day. A recovery coalition has since taken root in South Carolina. The movement serves as a
model for AIA components to promote the shared interests of allied industries and professions
to benefit building design and construction and influence public policy. Mike launched the
AIANC Legacy Award, which honors patrons of architecture and draws them closer to the
professional community, while raising the profession’s public profile by directly connecting
architects with decision makers. He instituted the Past President’s Medal for all living and future
presidents, reengaging retired professionals and reconnecting them with the AIA community.
His continued involvement with the CfA+D provides expanded forums for collaboration between
architects, programs for public outreach, and projects faith in the future of architects and the
Mike led a reorganization of North Carolina’s Continuing Education Academy (CEA), elevating and
expanding AIANC’s role in fulfilling members’ CE requirement and doubling the chapter’s non-dues
revenue. The program was presented as a 2009 Grassroots workshop and recognized with a 2009
AIA component award. It is a model for member-driven continuing education for the Utah chapter
and elsewhere. Mike’s involvement with “Design Architect and You” expands an AIA Michigan
initiative, introduces design to young students and fosters future diversity in the profession. His
work advances new K-12 education paradigms despite limited public funding and resources
through his design practice.
Advancing the Profession
As Chair of Facility Finances in the midst of economic turmoil, Mike ensured the funding,
development and construction of the AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture + Design (CfA+D).
Conceived of as a forum for collaboration between architects, a model for sustainable design,
and a center for public and government outreach, the CfA+D was made possible through Mike’s
financial insight and guidance, as well as his commitment to the profession’s future. He researched,
developed and stewarded the CfA+D’s financing vehicle and brought Recove