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Senior Brianna Zimmerman Receives Gold Key in Scholastic Art Competition

Brianna Zimmerman's Scholastic Gold Key Award-winning pieceStoneleigh-Burnham School senior Brianna Zimmerman was selected as a Regional Gold Key winner by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2015. Brianna was recognized for her mixed media piece titled “The Ambiguity,” and her selection puts her in the running to receive a National Medal.

Brianna’s artwork is on display in Boston as part of an exhibition of Gold Key artwork. The exhibition runs March 7-15 at 808 Gallery at Boston University. National Medalists will be announced March 16.

In addition, a mixed media piece by SBS student Sophie Spring, titled “Natural Home,” was given an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Awards.

Brianna, an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate at SBS, describes her piece as “an expression of her frustration with the ambiguity too often found in daily conversation.” She says, “I was inspired by a desire to rediscover true conversational meaning that is lost in poor phrasing, tone, and sentence structure.”

SBS Fine Arts Department Chair Linda Mahoney said Brianna’s piece was done for an IB Art assignment of designing an alphabet.

“Instead of designing letters around a theme, her approach was from a philosophical point of view of questioning the meaning and nature of human communication,” Mahoney said. “All of the letters are connected by wire and are positioned on the backboard in an irregular manner. This is a powerful and appealing work that raises questions in an elegant, energetic and ambiguous manner.”

The awards are presented by The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Teens in grades 7-12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. In 2014, students submitted 255,000 works of art and writing to the awards; more than 68,000 were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top 2,000 works in the country earned National Medals and were celebrated at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall.