On behalf of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) I congratulate all the artists and writers that participated in the 2021 West Central Michigan Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition. The students in the West Central Michigan region consistently produce exceptional work to be celebrated. The work from this year's participants and award recipients continues this tradition of excellence and demonstrates the resiliency of creatives. Amid a global pandemic, these students moved past the last year's challenges and demonstrated a commitment to their creative practice through their work. 


KCAD also recognizes the challenges faced this year by schools and educators.  Your ongoing work to support and prepare emerging artists, designers, and writers is commendable. Thank you for everything you do every day to support and inspire the next generation! 


I encourage those joining us virtually to take time to view and show appreciation for the work shown in this virtual exhibition. I hope that you too will find inspiration in the dedication and accomplishments of these students. 

All Good things.

Tara McCrackin


Kendall College of Art and Design

of Ferris State University





The 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Committee Members would like to thank all the educators for encouraging their students to participate.


We also would like to thank the students’ families and friends for their support of these young creatives.


And finally, we would like to thank the many additional KCAD staff members and students for their time in making this annual competition possible.


Photographs of artwork on this website were submitted by students and educators.


Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University


Content Coordinator


Director of Curatorial


Director of Student Engagement


Director of Admissions Services


Assistant to the Director of Student



Professor of English


Congratulations to the award recipients! KCAD salutes you and your creative accomplishments!

This website presents the West Central Michigan Scholastic Awards of Art and Writing in four galleries: the Honorable Mention Exhibition, Silver Key Exhibition, Gold Key Exhibition, and the American Visions and Voices Nominees Exhibition.



American Vision Nominee
Five pieces of artwork selected by judges
to compete for the national American
Vision Awards. This is the highest honor
for all entries.

American Voices Nominee
Five pieces of writing will be selected by judges
to compete for the national American
Voices Awards. This is the highest honor
for writing entries

Gold Key Award

This is the top regional honor. Winning
artwork is sent to New York for national
judging. If selected during the national
competition, the piece will be exhibited
as a national award winner.

Silver Key Award

This is the second highest
regional award

Honorable Mention Award

This is the third highest
regional award.


1,133 individual art entries received

460 individual writing entries received

58 art portfolios received

25 writing portfolios received

772 Awards granted in

the following categories:

5 American Vision Nominees

5 American Voices Nominees

167 Gold Key

277 Silver Key

328 Honorable Mention


Website goes live on February 12, 2021


Saturday, March 6, 2021

3pm, Virtual



Piper Adonya 

Dulcee Boehm 

Jodie Chilcote 

Patricia Constantine 

Adam DeKraker 

Devin DuMond 

Leah Gose 

Morgan Hannah 

Dr. Christine Haskill 

Angelica Hay 

Chakila Hoskins 

Lindsay Jones 

Kate Lewis 

Dr. Michael McCulloch 

Danny Mohill 

Tom Post 

Fernando Ramierez III 

Phil Renato 

Olivia Timmons 

Jaimie Watson 

Carrie Weis 

Stephanie Wood 

Brad Yarhouse 



Kyle Austin 

Amy Bailey 

T.M. Camp 

Cheri Endean 

Dr. Deirdre Fagan 

Dr. Christine Haskill 

Amorak Huey 

Dale Johnson 

Roberta King 

Daniel Mancilla 

Tricia McDonald 

Kendra McNeil 

Todd Mercer 

Dr. Oindrila Mukherjee 

Carly Parker-Plank 

Dr. Stefanie Snider 

Dr. Garrett Stack 

Marjorie Steele 


Architectural & Industrial Design
Plans or models of structures and environments, systems or products (e.g. landscape, interior, or structural design). Projects may be hand drawn or computer generated plans or architectural models made from foam core, balsa wood, cardboard, etc. 

Ceramics & Glass

Objects made from ceramics or glass including but not limited to: vases, teapots, bowls, plates, cups, tiles, tableware, or other vessels. Ceramic pieces may include earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, etc. Glass pieces may include stained glass, cast glass, fused glass, blown glass, etc.

Comic Art

A pictorial narrative in a deliberate sequence, with or without text, that tells a story or develops an idea through the use of single or multiple panels (e.g. comics, storyboards, for film or television, selections from graphic novels, etc.). Images are rendered through drawing, painting, and digital art. 



Art created for commercial or applied purposes. Design includes work that has a defined use such as advertising, communications, or product design. Examples include but are not limited to: magazine layouts, book covers, greeting cards, fonts, letterheads, business cards, calendars, signage, as well as proposals for products such as electronic devices, transportation, furniture, children's toys, or other new, innovative products.

Digital Art

Computer-generated artwork or artwork captured digitally and heavily collaged or manipulated to produce a new image.

Drawing & illustration

Art that is rendered through manual or mechanical means on a two-dimensional surface. Media may include but are not limited to: pencil, pastel, ink, charcoal, crayon, scratchboard, marker, etc.

Editorial Cartoon

Sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, the Editorial Cartoon category celebrates the legacy of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Herb Block and his remarkable contribution to American history and free expression.

Expanded Projects

Interdisciplinary work that is primarily driven by concept or invites participation by a viewer or community. Expanded Projects may include the documentation of live art, installation, research-based practices, or interactive visual art. Expanded Projects do not include dance, music, theater, or spoken word poetry.


Articles of clothing or fashion accessories other than jewelry including but not limited to: fully-realized articles and outfits, sketches, tech packs, jackets, dresses, shirts, gowns, scarves, hats, belts, bags, shoes, etc., as well as experimental designs, wearable art, and work made from found materials. 

Film & Animation

A sequence of moving images viewed on a monitor, television, or projector. Animation may be hand drawn, computer-generated, stop-motion or figure/model animation. Projects may be of an experimental, abstract, or narrative nature



Art objects worn for personal adornment. This includes but is not limited to: bracelets, rings, brooches, earrings, cufflinks, necklaces, etc., in any medium (e.g. metal, semi-precious stones, glass, plastic, and beading).

Mixed Media

Art made from more than one medium, usually with a three-dimensional element (e.g. collage, assemblage, cut paper, handmade paper, batik, fiber-based art, fine art books, etc.).


Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, encaustic, fresco, spray paint, etc., applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any flat surface.



Images captured by either analog or digital camera and viewed as print. May be black and white or color


Work made by transferring ink from one prepared surface onto paper or another
flat surface 


Three-dimensional objects modeled, carved, or cast. Constructed or assembled of any material including but not limited to: metal, acrylic, wood, clay, and glass.


Work made by transferring ink from one prepared surface onto paper or another
flat surface 

Art Portfolio
A body of right works from any category or combinations of categories.


Critical Essay
Writing intended to inform or convince a reader about a specific idea or topic, such as art or media reviews, persuasive essays, etc.

Dramatic Script

Work that uses dialogue, action and stage direction to tell a story, including scripts for television, film, or stage.

Flash Fiction

Highly-focused stories characterized by brevity.



Writing that uses comedic forms such as jokes, satire, farce, irony, parody, absurdity, comedic anecdote, etc.


Writing that informs and educates about newsworthy topics or current events, characterized by a presentation of facts or description of events.

Novel Writing

A long form prose narrative no longer than 50 pages. These entries are juried at the national level only; no regional awards are distributed for this category.

Personal Essay & Memoir

A non-fiction work based on opinion, experience, and/or emotion that explores a topic or event of importance to the author.


Writing in verse. May include but is not limited to prose poetry, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Writing that uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological theme as a key element of the narrative.

Short Story

A fictional narrative written in prose.

Writing Portfolio

Writing Portfolios must include 4-8 different works from varying categories (outlined above) or from the same category.