Michael Hayes
Ruby Merritt '19's multi media art The Stitches We Hide earned a National Silver Key award.

The Stitches We Hide, a multimedia work by Ruby Merritt '19, received a National Silver Medal from the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Eighteen Berkshire students have received 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, including Ruby Merritt ’19 who earned a National Silver Medal.

Together, the students shared 32 total individual regional awards (Massachusetts) which are sponsored by the Boston Globe in the categories of Ceramics & Glass, Digital Art, Drawing and Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.

Seven students earned a regional Gold Key Award for their art. Merritt’s art—a mixed media piece entitled The Stitches We Hide—was selected as the Art Department's 2019 Purchase Prize recipient and will be framed and on permanent display on the Kennard Visual Arts Center.

"I am honored to receive national recognition for my art,” Merritt said. “This piece was part of a series that explored the metaphorical masks we wear in our daily lives, and I feel success in knowing the work reached a wide audience. It has also been interesting to receive feedback about what the piece means to different people. I think that is the power of art, and I’m glad my work was able to spark a variety of reactions.”

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for students in grades 7-12.


Berkshire School 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners:

Alex Barnosky GOLD KEY Photography (2)

Alex Barnosky SILVER KEY Photography (2)

Alex Barnosky HONORABLE MENTION Photography (2)

Gigi Brown HONORABLE MENTION Drawing and Illustration (2)

Mike Burrell HONORABLE MENTION Digital Art

Halle Chandler GOLD KEY Photography

Jackson Chapin GOLD KEY Ceramics & Glass

Jackson Chapin SILVER KEY Sculpture

Jackson Chapin SILVER KEY Ceramics & Glass

Jackson Chapin HONORABLE MENTION Sculpture

Emma Dreher SILVER KEY Sculpture

Emma Dreher HONORABLE MENTION Sculpture

Ben Goldthwaite GOLD KEY Photography

Ben Goldthwaite SILVER KEY Photography

Tigerlily Hillenbrand-Arlt HONORABLE MENTION Mixed Media

Randi Hinds HONORABLE MENTION Painting

Shun Iwata SILVER KEY Ceramics & Glass

Henry Kessler SILVER KEY Digital Art

Mia Lake SILVER KEY Mixed Media

Ruby Merritt GOLD KEY Mixed Media *

Ruby Merritt HONORABLE MENTION Printmaking

Jennifer Ogaz GOLD KEY Painting

Jennifer Ogaz HONORABLE MENTION Painting

Elizabeth Rowland SILVER KEY Drawing & Illustration

Amelia Schelle SILVER KEY Painting

James Scullin HONORABLE MENTION Photography

Michelle Wang SILVER KEY Digital Art

Michelle Wang HONORABLE MENTION Painting


*Ruby Merritt ’19 earned a National Silver Medal for her mixed media called The Stitches We Hide.