Discovery students receive national recognition for artwork
Socially conscious pieces submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Two Discovery Academy students, Libby Flach and Alex Rager, were recognized for their artwork submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for teenagers, and have recognized creatives like Andy Warhol and Stephen King.
“I’m just so proud of them. They’re such good kids,” Kate Riley, art program director and teacher at Discovery, said, especially considering it was Flach’s first time submitting and Rager did not necessarily consider himself an artist.
Both Flach and Rager received the equivalent of second place, Riley explained, and were sent letters notifying them of their honorable mentions. The Gold Key award is the designation of a first place.
Both students chose socially conscious-themed pieces. Riley explained that much of Discovery’s art program is about social and environmental justice, connecting artwork to deeper meanings. Flach and Rager entered pieces that were associated with school projects.
Flach’s piece, an acrylic on canvas titled my body my choice, depicts a uterus made out of flowers.
“I’ve always been a strong supporter of women’s rights and I just think that it’s super important, and during the election there was just a lot of talk about women losing their reproductive rights and that scared me if I’m completely honest,” Flach, a junior at Discovery, explained. She felt everyone should have the ability to decide what happens to their bodies, and not have someone else decide for them.
Rager created a multi-media piece, part graffiti part painting, Riley described, titled Jail Time Not Deserved.