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This year we partnered with Grammy Award-winning artist Miri Ben-Ari and her organization The Gedenk Movement to present a brand new award opportunity for Scholastic Art & Writing Awards participants. This new award asked middle and high school students to create original works of art or writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society. In just this first year, we received over 2,500 submissions from creative teens around the country, and six young artists and writers whose work exemplified this mission were presented with the 2014 Gedenk Award for Tolerance along with a cash scholarship sponsored by Gedenk! The Alliance, Miri Ben-Ari, and Gedenk would like to congratulate the winners. They are:

      • Ross Cardillo, Value, Grade 12, Age 18, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA
      • Alissa Damato, Religious Rifle, Grade 12, Age 18, Centreville High School, Centreville, VA
      • Laura Fennessy, 1942, Grade 10, Age 15, Auburn High School, Auburn, NY
      • Lily Gordon, Reconstruction Wings, Grade 9, Age 14, Bard High School Early College, New York, NY
      • Elodie Nix, Dust, Grade 7, Age 11, John Jay Middle School, Katonah, NY
      • Aletheia Wang, Song for the New Epoch, Grade 10, Age 16, Home School, Verdun Quebec

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      Dylicious Jones by Ellie Braun, age 17, Grade 12. 2014 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

      Today we share with you the work of Jack Rayson and Ellie Braun. Both Medalists gravitate to things discovered and experienced in our youth. While talking about childhood and adolescence, Jack explains “There are so many experiences to be had, experiences that cannot yet be expressed in words, and I think those indescribable moments of discovery or realization are the purest moments because they escape language.” Ellie is “inspired to place an emphasis on human sexuality and gender identity through my investigation of adolescents changing their physical appearance.”

      Jack and Ellie truly encompass our criteria of originality and technical skill, and bring a genuine and honest personal voice and vision to their work, even when the subject matter can be difficult to address. Take a look at more of their work below! Read More

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      Renal by Madison Brownson. Age 17, Grade 12. 2014 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

      Hanel Baveja and Madison Brownson both create to help bring a new level of awareness to our lives and our bodies. While Hanel’s “greatest hope for my work is that my poems strike a chord of shared existence” with her readers, Madison’s “hope is to make the viewer pause and realize the beautiful complexity of their own anatomy or the world around them.” Both artists aim to awaken their audience to the intricacies of the world we share.

      In honor of National Poetry Month, here is a selection from Hanel’s Award-winning portfolio, comprised entirely of poetry! You can also see more of Madison’s plush organs below!

      When Clark’s Ice Cream Parlor first opened

      Combinations we’d never even dreamed of.
      Names too long to remember:
      Dark chocolate ice cream with raspberry
      cheesecake pieces and caramel bonbons,
      sweet cream ice cream with bumbleberry
      compote and jordan almond fudge chunks. Read More

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      Instagram photo from @watergirl1996

      The 2014 National Awards announcements were met with great joy and anticipation! Out of 255,000 submissions, just over 1,800 were awarded National Medals. We thought we were excited making the announcement, but just check out what the medalists, their educators, schools, friends and parents had to say! Even our national jurors joined in on the celebration. Read More

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      Tyra Abraham, Drops of Life

      The spark of genius, the burst of inspiration…where and how do they begin? This spring we will profile our 2014 Portfolio Gold Award Medalists and let you draw your own conclusions! Without further ado, please meet our inaugural pair: artist Tyra Abraham and writer Jonathan Gelernter.

      Tyra Abraham is from New York City and attends high school at the Hewitt School. “The work I submitted for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is based on the theme of vulnerability. This project represents my most personal and sentimental work. It also embodies my journalistic approach to taking photographs. I cannot think of another set of images that epitomizes my style of photography, and for this reason, I submitted it for this competition.

      For me, photography serves as an outlet for my creativity. I love wandering around New York City and exploring new neighborhoods. At school, I am a photographer for the yearbook and the student newspaper. I take photos of a variety of school events ranging from sports games to concerts to portraits of the faculty and students. My camera is like my personal journal; I carry it almost everywhere and document my surroundings. It’s rare to not see me with a camera hanging around my neck. Photography is deeply personal and can sometimes be more effective than writing.” Read More

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      We have been hearing a lot of great news from our Regional Award winners! Check out these exciting tweets from students, educators, and jurors alike. Congratulations to all who participated in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Read More