Barnstable Academy Senior Wins 6 Art Awards



Artwork Garners Gold Key Awards in Northern NJ Regional Scholastics

Art and Writing Awards Competition

barnstablelee2OAKLAND, N.J., February 1, 2011– Han Ju Lee, a senior at Barnstable Academy in Oakland, had six art pieces awarded a Gold Key Award in the Northern NJ Regional Scholastics Art and Writing Awards in January 2011. There were a total of 287 regional Gold Key awards given at the competition, which was open to students in grades 7-12. A jury of 27 professional artists, curators, and arts educators reviewed nearly 2300 works of art submitted by over 600 individual student artists from across northern New Jersey.  Lee’s work was selected as part of the top 10% in the region.

Lee, a native of Korea, has been in the United States for the past five years and has been studying at WOW Art Studio in Manhattan and in Closter, N.J. for the past year. He will display one piece at the Montclair Art Museum, the regional affiliate for the competition, in the Education Gallery from February 10th – March 6, 2011.  He will be honored with all other regional award winners at a ceremony at the museum on February 10th at 7:00 p.m. All six of his pieces will be included in a slide presentation that evening to celebrate the Gold, Silver and Honorable mention awards.

“I was the only one in my art class that won six awards so I was very happy when I won,” said Lee. He has already been accepted to the Chicago School of Art and is waiting to hear from the School of Visual Arts and the New York School of Interior Design, both in New York City; and California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

All works that received a Gold Key award at the regional level will be forwarded to the National Scholastics Art and Writing Award for consideration for further recognition. National adjudication occurs in March; the award ceremony and exhibitions will be held in June at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers; its mission is to identify, motivate, and validate the next generation of artists and writers. The competition is the nation’s longest-running, largest, and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts in the United States. The artwork is reviewed for the criteria of originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision. In addition to the Gold Key awards there were 104 Regional Silver Key and 120 Regional Honorable Mention awards in both the Individual category and the Senior Portfolio category.

Barnstable Academy is located at 8 Wright Way in Oakland, N.J. and offers a flexible curriculum and arts enrichment electives for students in grades 5 through 12. For more information call (201) 651-0200 or visit