CHRISTOPHER VELEZ, Steven's Auto Body, Mixed Media. Grade 12, Age 17, Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg, FL.

CHRISTOPHER VELEZ, Steven’s Auto Body, Mixed Media. Grade 12, Age 17, Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg, FL.

We continue our Eyes on the Prize series with artist Christopher Velez and writer Alexandra Swerdloff. In their works, both explore time. Alexandra writes about things that have happened in the past in order to better understand herself and the world, while Christopher creates miniature buildings whose facades have been eroded by time to evoke a sense of nostalgia.

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MAYA DIXON, The Boogie Down, Painting. Grade 12, Age 17, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx, NY

MAYA DIXON, The Boogie Down, Painting. Grade 12, Age 17, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx, NY

Maya Dixon and Triniti Wade each received a Gold Medal for their Portfolio in the 2018 Scholastic Awards. As an artist, Maya uses her paintings to show what life is like in the Bronx for the people who live and thrive there. Triniti uses her writing to shine a light on what it means to be a young black woman in America. Through their works, Triniti and Maya are bringing their audiences to parts of the world many may have never experienced. Read More

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EMILY SHONK, Cretors, Jewelry. Grade 12, Age 17, Indian Valley High School, Gnadenhutten, OH.

EMILY SHONK, Cretors, Jewelry. Grade 12, Age 17, Indian Valley High School, Gnadenhutten, OH.

We continue our series highlighting the 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with Emily Shonk and Kush Dhungana. Both of their works use humor and whimsy to tell a story. Emily created jewelry featuring miniature food objects while Kush wrote about the college application experience. Read More

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ZARIA DUDLEY, Combat Vet, Photography. Grade 12, Age 17, Leilehua High School, Wahiawa, HI.

ZARIA DUDLEY, Combat Vet, Photography. Grade 12, Age 17, Leilehua High School, Wahiawa, HI.

Next in our series focusing on the 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients are artist Zaria Dudley and writer Malachi Jones. Both Zaria and Malachi use their art and writing to explore what it means to be African-Americans in the United States. Zaria’s photographs tell the story of her southern roots while Malachi writes about being a young black man in South Carolina. Read More

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ALIA BRINGAS-BRAND, Ephemeral Fountain, Sculpture. Grade 12, Age 17, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI.

ALIA BRINGAS-BRAND, Ephemeral Fountain, Sculpture. Grade 12, Age 17, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI.

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 2018 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients. First up are Alia Bringas-Brand and Vicky Brown, who both deal with change in their art and writing.  Read More

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Heavy Living Things, Painting by Benjamin Cruz, Grade 12, Age 17, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA

Heavy Living Things, Painting by Benjamin Cruz, Grade 12, Age 17, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards‘ series on the 2017 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients concludes with Zainab Adisa and Benjamin Cruz, a writer and an artist whose portfolios contain pieces that have personal meaning. In her writing, Zainab uses her own personal experiences to relate to the reader. Benjamin looks to the past to connect with the viewer by focusing his art on the Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II.

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