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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (November 22, 2011) – La Roche College, an affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and North Allegheny School District are proud sponsors of the 2012 Scholastic Arts Regional Awards.

Creative teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to submit work in 17 categories of art, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, comic art and design.

The Awards competition, entering its 89th year, is the longest-running, most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for student achievement in the visual arts in the United States. The Pittsburgh Arts Region, one of 115 affiliate organizations nationwide, administers the Scholastic Awards in Allegheny and Butler counties. The submissions are first judged locally. Top winning works are then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors.

Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship for each winner. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs. Since 1923, nine million students have been recognized through exhibitions and publications and have shared in more the $25 million in awards and scholarships.

The Scholastic Art Awards has a long list of distinguished alumni who rose to the top of their creative fields since winning their awards in high school, including Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Sue Miller, Richard Avedon, Zac Pose, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Otterness, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, Ned Vizzini, Philip Pearlstein and John Baldessari.

The competition will culminate with an Awards ceremony on February 4 at 3 p.m. at La Roche College’s Kerr Fitness & Sports Center. Award-winning entries will be on exhibition at La Roche College in the Cantellops Gallery and the Zappala College Center from February 4 to the 22nd. The exhibition will be open to the public.

Students may enter online: Deadline for entries is January 6, 2012.

For more information, please contact Maria Ripepi, MFA, Design Division Chair, La Roche College at 412-536-1527 or

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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