THS’s Brynnen Stefan wins Silver Key in 2021 Wisconsin Scholastic Art Awards

By Jalen Maki

Tomahawk Leader Editor

TOMAHAWK – Tomahawk High School student Brynnen Stefan’s work A Light in the Darkness won a Silver Key in the 2021 Wisconsin Scholastic Art Awards. Stefan’s work was one of 136 works to earn a Silver Key Award, which denotes statewide recognition.

“A Light in the Darkness” by Brynnen Stefan. Photos submitted by Sara Hinke.

“This is the most prestigious competition in the state,” said School District of Tomahawk 6-12 Art Educator Sara Hinke. “It is not an easy task to place in this competition.”

Hinke noted that every piece Stefan has entered in the competition has placed, and her award received this year marks her third.

The Milwaukee Art Museum said  29 artists and arts professionals from Milwaukee’s creative community made the award selections, using a blind jury process based on “Scholastic’s three core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice.”

The Milwaukee Art Museum has hosted the Scholastic Art Awards for the Wisconsin region since 1976. This year marks the 45th iteration of the annual event, and more than 200 artworks are featured in this year’s exhibition.

“The Scholastic Art Awards program acknowledges excellence in the visual arts and encourages the artistic endeavors of young people throughout the United States,” the museum’s website says. “The juried exhibition is drawn from over 1,800 submissions in the categories of Architecture & Industrial Design, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Expanded Projects, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Senior Art Portfolios.”

Stefan’s work is being shown in a virtual exhibit on the museum’s website. To view her work in the virtual exhibit, visit and click the Drawing tab.

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