Works on paper by Scholastic Awards alumni at now on paper. March 7, 2012. Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

On a gorgeous Wednesday evening, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and some of its good friends got together for a night full of art, music, and fun. now on paper, which took place on March 7, provided an opportunity for guests to view and purchase original works on paper by emerging artists as well as take part in a silent auction featuring works from the Atelier, our first Artist in Residency program.

Guests sipped cocktails as they strolled the space to check out the incredible artwork, while enjoying the rocking sounds of 1989 Scholastic Awards alum Myla Goldberg’s art-punk band The Walking Hellos. Participating artists were all past winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which has an 89-year legacy and a roster of famous winners including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Richard Avedon.

One of the biggest highlights of the night was the “flash mob” readings. As Executive Director Virginia McEnerney addressed the crowd, she was interrupted by a young man who started to perform a reading of Scholastic Awards alum Richard Avedon’s award-winning work, Wanderlust. At first, the crowd seemed confused by this sudden disruption. Soon after, another man began to read the award-winning work of another notable Scholastic Awards alum followed by another. The initial confusion of the audience from the disruption quickly dissipated as the crowd savored each creative and spontaneous moment. At the completion of each impromptu reading, “oooh’s”, “ahhh’s”,  and “wow’s”, were heard around the room, followed by an applause. The last reading was done by Myla Goldberg, who read her own award-winning work.

Readings included:

  • Wanderlust, written in 1941 by celebrated fashion and portrait photographer, Richard Avedon, at the age of 18.
  • God Dies, written in 1931 by renowned screen and stage actress, Frances Farmer, at the age of 18.
  • Three Deaths and the Child, written in 1951 by groundbreaking experimental filmmaker, Stan Brakhage, at the age of 18.
  • Nine Bean Rows, written in 1968 by American author, Joyce Maynard, at the age of 15.
  • Itch, written by musician and author of Bee Season, Myla Goldberg, at age 18.

Bummed you couldn’t make it? Continue looking below for pictures and tweets from the event.

BenCapozzi: Check out ‘Now On Paper / The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ show in NYC! My buddy Justin’s work is in it!

Max Mikulecky: My photos for a good cause! RT “@artandwriting: Yay! Artwork at #NowOnPaper is selling quickly! Go #AWawards alumni!

Nate Abbott: RT @artandwriting #AWawards alum Myla Goldberg & The Walking Hellos rocking out at #NowOnPaper tonight!

Jennifer Alles: @artandwriting It was a pleasure and honor to be a part of Now.On.Paper


A special thanks to all of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumni that donated their artwork to now on paper:

  • Jake Adams
  • Jeanette Anderson
  • Nicole Angerhauser
  • Stephanie Arney
  • April Beasley
  • Jenna Boyles
  • Kaitlin Brewer
  • Kenneth Burris
  • Kathleen Ching
  • Winston Chmielinski (Atelier artist)
  • Elena Coleman Osawa
  • Valerie Crosswhite (Atelier artist)
  • Natalie Deryn Johnson
  • Jennifer Feshenko
  • Diane Golden
  • Megan Hildebrandt
  • Angela Kang
  • Jack Kavanagh
  • Bomi Kim
  • Yeji Lee
  • Rita Lee
  • Adrienne Lesperance
  • Harrison Love
  • Teresa McMahon
  • Max Mikulecky
  • Paton Miller
  • Carlos Molina
  • Justin Nissley (Atelier artist)
  • Antonio Pulgarin
  • Sunny Ra
  • Ebony Robinson
  • Lena Samol
  • Jeremy Paul Schilling
  • Sarah Sczepanski
  • Sasha Shaw (Atelier artist)
  • Rachel Shim (Atelier artist)
  • Samantha Silverman
  • Mara Sprafkin
  • Ashley Szczesiak
  • Michael Tarbi
  • Diego Terros
  • Ventiko
  • Amber Vittoria
  • Anna Waggener
  • Melissa Youngleson
  • Bridgette Zou
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