Scholastic Art & Writing Awards judges, February 2017

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards art judges, February 2017

Leaders in the fields of art and literature were asked to judge works on the national level of the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. From authors to video game designers, journalists to museum directors, jurors across all creative fields lent their time and expertise to help choose the 2,700 National Medalists. We’d like to take a look back at the jurying process and send out a huge thank you to all of our jurors!

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When the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began in 1923, the works were adjudicated based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. While ‘yes’ and ‘no’ paddles used to be a part of the process, jurors today have a slightly different experience, though those three criteria remain. The Scholastic Awards also practice blind adjudication, where no identifying information of the student is given to ensure fair and unbiased decisions. The freedom of expression, and the freedom to explore any and all topics, also remains at the core of the Awards. There are no pre-defined prompts and no work is ever disqualified from the Scholastic Awards because of the nature of its content.

Next week, luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of who are past Awards recipients, will join us to jury the 2015 Gold Key works and we can’t wait to keep you updated! For now, join us in a look back at the adjudication process and take a look at our timeline for a look at past jurors. Read More

Judging

Awards alum Timothy H. Lee’s shot of the Scholastic building and the famous ‘in’ and ‘out’
paddles that were used in the 1970’s

We are so lucky to have had such an exciting, creative, and fun group of jurors join us for the 2014 Awards adjudication. Whether reading your work from the comfort of their own homes with a cup of cocoa while the snow fell or making the icy trek into the Alliance offices on a holiday, one thing remained the same: the outstanding quality of the works you submitted!

Take a look at what some of our jurors had to say about the process! Read More

Still from the documentary When I Walk by 2011 Scholastic Awards Juror Jason DaSilva

In 2011, documentary filmmaker Jason DaSilva helped choose the National Gold and Silver Medalists in the Film category as one of our many remarkable jurors that year. Five years earlier, at the age of 25, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after suffering from a bad fall while at the beach with his family. Doctors told him that the disease could lead to loss of vision, muscle control, and many other problems over the years. But that didn’t stop Jason from pursuing his love of making films and working with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to recognize and encourage talented young filmmakers. In fact, he created a documentary about his affliction and the incredible things he encountered along the way. The film, When I Walk, is being shown this week in Utah 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and is a true inspiration. Read More

Still of DC Pierson as Duncan in the film Mystery Team

DC Pierson is busy. His Alex Award-winning first novel, The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To, is now being made into a movie. He’s part of an acclaimed improv team called Derrick Comedy which performs regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, and with whom he made a 2009 movie called Mystery Team that was featured at Sundance. And he’s only 27!

Pierson joined us as a National Juror in the Humor category for the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards; earlier this year, blogger Brendan Bourque-Sheil interviewed Pierson about his writing process. Check out an excerpt of the interview below! We’re positive that he’ll get you to Start.Write.Now!

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Caridad Svich was a National Juror for the Dramatic Script category during the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Check out what she has to say about what inspires her as a playwright. We hope her words will encourage you to stay creative this summer and START.WRITE.NOW!

As a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living between many cultures, including inherited ones, the idea of departure has always been not only an actual or metaphorical basis for writing the work, but also an idea made manifest through the enactment of writing, its performance, and my living of it. Read More