Here at Scholastic headquarters in SoHo (NY), we’re used to being around a lot of artwork. A lot. Each of the twelve floors in this building is adorned with hundreds of award-winning artworks that span all 89 years of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program.
As the keepers of this collection, we at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers wanted to know what Scholastic employees really wanted to see in the spaces and halls that they work in and pass by every day. So, we developed Scholastic Curates as a way to find out.
From March 19-23, 30 small-scale reproductions of artwork by Scholastic Award winners from 2011 hung in Scholastic’s Greenhouse cafeteria. Anyone who visited could view the collection of artwork and vote for their favorite piece by placing a sticker on an adjacent voting sheet. At the end of the week, the pieces with the most votes were exhibited. Beautifully simple!
The piece that Scholastic employees voted to the top was a mixed media painting called Parallel Universes by 17-year-old Jessica Bonaventure from Middlebury, CT. It depicts a crowded subway car where commuters are tethered from above by an unidentified puppet master. Is it a theme we can all relate to? Or is it what we observe in our environment that makes this piece resonate? Perhaps, it feels that only an outside force could convince sleepy commuters into crowded trains during the wee hours of the morning. Whatever the reason, Jessica’s artwork got our attention and we will enjoy it for many months.
Here are the top 5 pieces, all on view at the Greenhouse:
#1 – Parallel Universes by Jessica Bonaventure
#2 – Bullies by Mellisa Stepp
#3 – Sea Ranch by Anja Roy
#4 – In the Shadows by Maegan Lambright
#5 – Caged by Nicole Leight
Interested in picking your favorite? Vote here.