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Three Aspen art students win Scholastic Awards

Aspen Art Awards


Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. It has an impressive legacy and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Frances Farmer, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, and Joyce Carol Oates among many others. 


Meet the three art students from Aspen High School who won awards:


Gold Key: Emma Ellis, Printmaking, “Jellyfish”                                

Silver Key: Quinn Ramberg, Ceramics, “Circus Collar”

Silver Key: Gaia Murphy, Photography, “Inhale”


All the winning works will be on exhibit at the History Colorado Center February 15-March 29, with an awards ceremony March 9. Ellis’s piece, “Jellyfish” will be judged again and may be shown at the National Awards in New York City. Seniors who win a Gold Key may apply for a variety of scholarships including those from several Colorado colleges and universities.


For more information or to speak with any of the winners or Stephanie Nixon please email