Wave, Sculpture by Kate Forer, Grade 12, Age 17, Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale, IL

Wave, Sculpture by Kate Forer, Grade 12, Age 17, Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale, IL

Our special feature on the 2017 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients continues with Kate Forer and Alixandra Wilens. In her sculptures, Kate creates new shapes and textures out of pieces of paper using an origami technique she learned from her Great Aunt. Alixandra uses her writing to explore the stories of those who have yet to be heard. Both Kate and Alixandra encourage us to look at the mundane, like pieces of paper and the daily lives of others, with new eyes.

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No Sharing, Printmaking by Bronwyn Katz, Grade 12, Age 18, Paideia School, Atlanta, GA

No Sharing, Printmaking by Bronwyn Katz, Grade 12, Age 18, Paideia School, Atlanta, GA

Next in our series on the 2017 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients are Chasity Hale and Bronwyn Katz, a writer and an artist who delve deep into memories and emotions when creating their works. Hope is what fuels Chasity’s writing and she finds inspiration in poets like Emily Dickinson. Bronwyn is inspired by transforming human emotions and experiences into fantastical creatures.

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Arbol Colgando, Ceramics & Glass by Rachel Campos, Grade 12, Age 18, Peru High School, Peru, IN

Arbol Colgando, Ceramics & Glass by Rachel Campos, Grade 12, Age 18, Peru High School, Peru, IN

We continue our series on the 2017 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with a writer and an artist who explore their heritage in their works: Zara Batalvi and Rachel Campos. Zara’s poetry and essays discuss how she navigates the world as a Pakistani American while Rachel draws on the Spanish language when creating her ceramic pieces. Read More

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Silent Spring, Painting by Keiji Ishida, Grade 12, Age 17, LA County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Silent Spring, Painting by Keiji Ishida, Grade 12, Age 17, LA County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

A Gold Medal Portfolio Award is the highest honor students can receive in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Each year, jurors choose portfolios of sixteen high school seniors whose works best represent the Scholastic Awards’ judging criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice. Over the next eight weeks, we’ll be profiling two of the 2017 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients. First up are Keiji Ishida and Carissa Chen. Read More

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Dancer 2 of 5, Photography by Nyanna Johnson, Grade 12, Age 17, Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, OH

Dancer 2 of 5, Photography by Nyanna Johnson, Grade 12, Age 17, Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, OH

Nostalgia is a powerful device in the art and writing of Nyanna Johnson and Alex Zhang. Both students received Gold Medals for their portfolios which focused on revisiting the past and evoking emotions with their words and images.  Nyanna and Alex take us back in time to give new meaning to the present in this next installment of Eyes on the Prize.

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Clones, Film & Animation by Conor Twohy, Grade 12, Age 17, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Towson, MD

Our series on the 2016 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients continues with Conor Twohy and Ruohan Elbaba. Many of Conor’s films use elements of science-fiction, through not-yet-developed technologies and imagined futures, to tell the story. Ruohan looks to the writings and characters from the past to frame her identity and her own place in the world. Through their films and writing, Conor and Ruohan show us how to bring the past into the future.

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