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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Painting by Dillon Utter

We’re proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Alumni Microgrant Program! Through an initiative of our Alumni Council, the Alumni Microgrant Program awards six Alums monetary grants in the amount of $1,000 to help them pursue a creative endeavor.

Meet the 2017 Alumni Microgrant recipients:
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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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Shifting Perspective, Painting by Anushka Nair, Grade 11, Age 16, Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL

Shifting Perspective, Painting by Anushka Nair, Grade 11, Age 16, Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL

Looking or feeling different from others can be a difficult journey for some teenagers. Organizations like Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It make this journey easier by helping teens celebrate what makes them unique and promoting mutual respect of the differences in others.

For the second year in a row, the Scholastic Awards has partnered with Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It, with sponsorship from RBC Capital Markets, to honor two students who explore the theme “The things that make me different, make me, me” in their art or writing.

We’re proud to announce the recipients of The RBC “Flaunt It” Award for 2017: Anushka Nair and Lindsay Pierce! 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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