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April 15, 2013/For Immediate Release, high res. photo available

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



High school senior’s painting is ‘best of show’

(Winston-Salem) Bailey Powell, a high school senior in the Visual Arts program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is a National Gold Medal winner in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition, and her painting “Self Respect” was selected for the American Vision Award – Best of Show for the NC Eastern/Central region.

Powell, from Asheboro, has been accepted into UNCSA’s undergraduate costume design program in the School of Design and Production (D&P). She has been working with D&P faculty member Bill Brewer, costume designer for the Spring Dance production, hand painting costumes for one of the dance pieces.

She won 13 gold keys and two silver keys at Scholastic’s regional competition in January.

Bailey Powell, center, with Chancellor John Mauceri, left, and Will Taylor, right

Gold medals are awarded by Scholastic to the most outstanding works in the nation, and an esteemed panel of jurors selects the best five works in each region for its American Voices and Visions awards.

“This is an outstanding honor for Bailey,” said Joseph P. Tilford, Dean of the School of Design and Production, of which the Visual Arts Program is a part. “Her success highlights the talent, commitment and hard work of our Visual Arts students, and the excellent level of instruction they receive from our dedicated, top-notch faculty.”

Will Taylor, Director of the Visual Arts program, said Powell’s disciplined work ethic is key to her success. “Bailey has grown tremendously from rigorous critical discourse and the many hours vested in our studios.  We are extremely proud of her and this remarkable achievement,” he said.

Student winners of National Gold Medal Awards are invited, along with their teachers and families, to an awards ceremony and exhibit at Carnegie Hall in New York on May 31 and June 1.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continues to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Since 1923, Scholastic has identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most exceptional visionaries. Alumni include Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Cy Twombly, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Redford. In the past five years, submissions have topped 700,000 works, and students have been eligible for more than $25 million in awards and scholarships.


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.