Broward County Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition

On View: February 15 - April 24

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the largest annual source of scholarships for young artists and writers, and an exciting opportunity for middle and high school students around the country. Young At Art Museum (YAA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization making art accessible for all. Since 2014 YAA has been the Broward Regional Affiliate for the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. YAA presents this showcase and seeks submissions that are judged regionally by a local panel of experts. All winning artists & writers may have their works exhibited throughout Broward Mall and Young At Art Museum’s Storefront Gallery.

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2024 Writing Exhibition

Gold & Silver Key Winners


Writing Judges

Sarah Divine

Sarah Divine is the Assistant Director of Public and Community Services at Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library. She completed her undergraduate degree at Florida International University and earned a M.S. in Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida. Her professional librarian experience includes both Young Adult (Teen) and Adult Services. Sarah has also represented her library on the Boards of Directors of the Florida Library Association and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) NSU Professional Chapter. Sarah has worked in bookstores and libraries for over 18 years and considers reader’s advisory to be her personal librarian superpower.

Kimberli Kidd

Kimberli Kidd is a librarian with 15 years of experience developing, planning, and implementing adult programs for the community. She teaches digital literacy classes, participates in outreach and other community building services. Her hobbies include reading, art and cycling.

Bonnie DiGiallonardo

Nicole Cubillas

Ruth Shaw

Art Judges

Born in New Jersey, she moved with her family to Florida at a young age. She received her BFA and BS from the University of South Florida, concentrating in Painting and in Marketing and Management. She received her MFA with a concentration in Painting from Florida Atlantic University in 2014. She has taught at Florida Atlantic University, Daytona State College, and is now teaching as an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Arts at the Halmos College of Art & Sciences at NOVA Southeastern University.

As an Afro-Caribbean visual artist, Lopez is eager to be challenged materialistically and metaphorically when representing marginalized individuals that inspire and move her. Her works are created out of the necessity to learn something new about her people and culture. Lopez is interested in developing a nostalgic dialogue between the artwork and the viewer. If she’s not learning from her materials and how it affects the message, it’s not worth creating.

Artists and Their art surrounded me since I was born, generations in my family lived their life making Art. As today my Mother and my Sister are both artists, all of us earned our bachelor degree in the Fine and Applied Arts School in Budapest, Est. 1777. My sister and I earned our Painter diploma in the University of Fine Arts of Hungary, Est. 1871. Masters Degree was issued in Budapest 2007, Hungary. Our leading instructor in the University was Dóra Maurer contemporary artist, (she just had her solo show in the Tate Modern, London in 2021). My Capstone “master-degree” piece at the end of the five University years was a series of digital collages curated and evaluated by Dóra.
I was born in Hungary in 1975 and moved to the United States in 2007. Became a citizen in 2005 with an O1B visa (extraordinary ability in the arts). Teaching for Universities since 2014, the diversity of curriculum including Digital Art Studio, Graphic Design, Art History, Classical Arts, Gaming and Animation.

Pablo Antonio Alvarez is an artist. Born in Cuba, based in South Florida, he works mainly with sculpture. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, from New World School of the Arts and a Master’s degree in Sculpture from California College of the Arts. He is also a fine arts professor and the Technical Theater Director at Nova Southeastern University.

Shantel is a highly experienced and versatile visual effects artist with a track record of contributing to major films and TV shows like “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, “Pacific Rim”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” , “Supergirl” and more! She has also had the privilege of collaborating on music videos with renowned artists like Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Lana Del Rey. Additionally, she has worked on content creation, art direction, and video/photography editing for notable brands including, Aroma360, Hotel Collection & more.

Melani Liriano, an independent curator and artist manager from the Dominican Republic, has gained recognition for her documentation of contemporary art and artists in Miami. Through her videography, she has profiled dynamic visual artists both in the United States and overseas. In her role as a curator, Melani highlights the works of up-and-coming artists and their cultural identities to help redefine our perceptions of ourselves and the world. She has curated exhibitions in commercial spaces across Miami, featuring a lineup of recognizable emerging and mid-career artists, including Reyna Noriega, Chance Nkosi Gomez, Luna Palazzolo-Daboul, Papou, Massimo Mongiardo and Diana Paz, to name a few. At present, Liriano is serving as a curator in residence, collaborating with various galleries.

Ben Morey is a multimedia artist and designer originating from and working in South Florida. Growing up amongst saccharine, theme-park automatons and sun-bleached retirement communities gave him an impermeable appreciation for the absurd and a fascination with the duality of escapism and mortality. His work borrows from the opposing aesthetics of both the medical world and vintage children’s television and game shows to further illustrate this duality while spanning a spectrum of media from drawing, painting and sculpture to interactive, digital and sound. Morey received a BFA in Interactive Media from The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as well as the 2014 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. He was named one of the “Ten Artists You Need to Know” by the Broward Palm Beach New Times and has been exhibited at Art Miami, The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and in a solo exhibition at 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While he is currently a freelance designer for arts institutions and artists throughout South Florida he has previously been the Marketing Manager for Young At Art Museum (YAA) and the Design Director for the acclaimed Fort Lauderdale curatorial collective Bedlam Lorenz Assembly (BLA).

Elisa Medrano

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