Donald Lipski in front of his installation The Candy Box, 2013. Plastics, steel, LED lighting. 21’ x 13’ x 14”. For the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Haymarket Section of Lincoln, NE, Lipski created a giant box of chocolates, paying homage to Lincoln's history as a center of chocolate manufacturing. Many of the chocolates have shapes and images that relate to symbols of Lincoln, past and present. (Photo: John Grant)

Donald Lipski in front of his installation The Candy Box, 2013. Plastics, steel, LED lighting. 21’ x 13’ x 14”. For the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Haymarket Section of Lincoln, NE, Lipski created a giant box of chocolates, paying homage to Lincoln’s history as a center of chocolate manufacturing. Many of the chocolates have shapes and images that relate to symbols of Lincoln, past and present. (Photo: John Grant)

 

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presents the Alumni Achievement Award to past Scholastic Awards recipients who have become innovators and trendsetters in their fields. The 2015 Honoree is Donald Lipski, a renowned sculptor who has received numerous awards throughout his career, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rome Prize. He is represented by Galerie Lelong in New York. His work is in the public collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Detroit Institute of Art, among many other prominent institutions. Recently, his work has focused on large-scale works for public spaces. Read More

Read Between the Lines by Emma Rudd, Mixed Media, Grade 12, Age 18, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN.

Read Between the Lines by Emma Rudd, Mixed Media, Grade 12, Age 18, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN.

 

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have had the chance to partner with many organizations over the years to bring additional scholarships and opportunities to our students. We’re proud to announce some very special new sponsors for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Neiman Marcus, RBC Capital Markets, and The Herb Block Foundation.

Of particular note this year is a new category in the Awards: Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, which invites submissions of drawings, illustrations, comic art, and animations with a political theme or message. Check out the flyer below for more information about all the new opportunities for students, and visit our website to explore all of our Sponsored Awards. Read More

2014 Northeastern PA Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients at the regional exhibition in Mahady Gallery of Marywood University.

2014 Northeastern PA Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients at the regional exhibition in the Mahady Gallery of Marywood University.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ national office is dedicated to growing and supporting our local programs. Our Affiliates are doing great work in their communities, and we love hearing about their outreach efforts, their students, and their programs. This month, we shine the spotlight on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Writing Regions, which are overseen by our new Affiliate, Marywood University in Scranton, PAHere’s what the staff at Marywood had to say about Awards activity in their region:  Read More

Poets Onstage Carnegie

The National Student Poets, Class of 2014, take a bow on-stage at Carnegie Hall.

The National Student Poets Class of 2014’s year of service is coming to an end—although it feels like just yesterday that they met in Washington, D.C. for their appointment events at the White House, where they read their work for the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Somehow, the months in their year of service flew by, past the Dodge Poetry Festival in October and National Poetry Month events throughout April. But there was a brief pause for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events in NYC at the beginning of June, followed swiftly by an amazing stop in Aspen, Colorado, for the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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comedy2-750x400This is a guest post from comedy writer Brendan McLaughlin.

Hello, future comedy writers!

The nice people at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards asked me to contribute a few words of advice for teens looking to break into the world of comedy writing, so here are those words. One thing to note: much of this post was written in my apartment on a weekday while I waited in my pajamas to hear back about job opportunities. At one point, I had an actual argument with myself over what made better middle of the day email-refreshing background noise‑“Malcolm in the Middle” or “Blue Bloods.” What I’m trying to say is, I’m definitely not an expert. I am undisciplined. I am currently “between jobs.” I am socially inept. I am a comedy writer. And, if you play your cards right, you can be all of those things too! Okay, maybe just some of them. Here’s my advice: Read More

treeAs any writer who has submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards knows, the written word has power: the power to express ideas, to allow writers of the past to speak with readers of today, and to shape nations. On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Philadelphia Convention signed the United States Constitution. More than two hundred years later, our Constitution continues to play a pivotal role in the governance of our nation. Each year, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia celebrates Constitution Day—September 17—to honor the signing of such an important document.

The American National Tree, a popular exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, tells the stories of Americans whose actions have helped write the story of the Constitution. On September 17, a new story will be added—and you may be its scholarship-winning author! Read More