Duck Tape sticks by the arts

AVON, Ohio — Duck Tape is teaming up with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to get students to stick with the arts. To that end, it will sponsor the Mixed Media category and offer a $500 prize to five works within the category, chosen by Duck brand from a pool of National Gold Medal Scholastic Award winners.

The Mixed Media category challenges participants to create a piece of artwork using more than one medium, typically containing a three-dimensional component. While using Duck Tape is not a requirement of the Mixed Media category in general, a second award, the Duck Tape Brand Award, will provide a special $500 award for one work created using Duck Tape. Students interested in vying for that second prize are encouraged to visit the awards' website and the Duck Tape Facebook and Pinterest pages.

"With more than 150 colors and prints available, Duck Tape has become more than just a simple home repair tool; it's become a hugely popular design medium used for crafting, fashions and more," says Scott Sommers, director of marketing for DIY Tapes with ShurTech Brands, LLC, the marketers of Duck brand duct tape. "Students continue to share their unique Duck Tape creations on our social media pages, so we wanted to find a way to reward them for putting their imagination and ingenuity to use. We're proud to partner with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Alliance to encourage the creative thinking and innovation that we value so highly as an organization."

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers in the United States, and are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization.

Students in grades 7-12 can join the ranks of awards alumni, such as Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath and Andy Warhol, by entering their work in any of the 27 categories, including poetry, painting, sculpture, fashion design and photography, for a chance to earn recognition, cash awards and scholarships.