Seventeen-year-old Deanna Rose of Grand Forks recently won a silver award in painting from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which recognizes exceptional artwork and writing by teenage students.
The 11th-grader, who is home-schooled, also received a $1,500 scholarship to study art at North Dakota State University, based on her submission to the Alliance program. The award was presented for her drawing, "Hand."
Rose is among a group of North Dakota teens who recently received national awards and scholarships at the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
The program is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades seven through 12.
Receiving the scholarship was "a really big surprise," Rose said. "I was very happy; I felt honored."
The daughter of Michael and Joan Rose has been painting and drawing "kind of my whole life," she said, "but I've been doing it more seriously starting at age 11. I started drawing a lot of people."
Rose is "mostly self-taught," she said, but she also took a painting class last year from local artist Dyan Rey at Northland Community and Technical College. She painted one of her award-winning pieces in Rey's class.
"I think I was the only high school student-and probably the youngest student-in the class," she said.
Rose, who primarily uses ink, colored pencil and graphite, is influenced by comic book art and "half-way humanistic" characters, she said.
Her father, Michael Rose, is particularly proud of his daughter, given the fact there are "a lot of talented students" creating drawings and paintings and written pieces, he said. "It's good to give these talented young people some recognition."
Deanna Rose said her favorite aspect of the national scholastic art and writing awards program "is seeing other kids' work."
In North Dakota, the program is run by NDSU and the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. After the two organizations partnered to promote the program five years ago, "applications grew from 20 to 417 this past year," said Kelly Sassi, program director and associate professor of English education at NDSU.
Student works are first adjudicated regionally through the more than 100 local Alliance affiliates before advancing to the national level. All art and writing submissions are judged on originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision or voice.
More than 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level in 28 categories, which include poetry, painting, architecture, short story and fashion design.
Receiving awards from the Alliance "opens up opportunities for students, such as being recruited for selective residency programs," Sassi said.