Poets in NY

In just a few days, the 2013 Class of National Student Poets will begin to pack their bags and depart to a new city for their National Poetry Month events across the country. They may pack light, some opting for layers over parkas for a spring that yet to sprung. Some may even pack too much after a few last minute pitches into their suitcases. One carry-on item is for certain though: their love for poetry. (“I loafe and invite my soul!”)

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.  (“But I have promises to keep, / and miles to go before I sleep.”) 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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There are a lot of important and exciting dates in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards calendar. September 16, 2013 was a big day for us as the 2014 Awards opened for submissions and we watched the first ones come in. Today, the 2014 National Medalists were officially announced!

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teens. In addition to more than 1,800 of the most talented and ambitious students in grades 7-12 chosen to receive National Medals, 16 high school seniors were honored with a Gold Medal Portfolio Award. The Gold Medal Portfolio Award is the highest level of achievement in the Scholastic Awards — which, apart from providing much-deserved recognition to these talented teens, also provides them with a $10,000 cash scholarship! Read More

While these notable alumni all have March birthdays, we’d like to wish all of our alums a very happy March birthday! Take a look at  some of our March babies below.

KayWalkingStick_1950sKay WalkingStick (March 2, 1935) is an artist of Native American descent who finds inspiration in her heritage and the landscape around her. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is also of Ho-Chunk and Scotch-Irish descent. WalkingStick won a Scholastic Award in 1947 when she was 13 years old.

On June 6, 2014, the Scholastic Awards will honor Kay WalkingStick at Carnegie Hall with an Alumni Achievement Award!

 

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Harry Bertoia (March 10, 1915-1978) was an Italian born American Artist who became most well-known for his modern furniture design and sound art sculpture. By 1957, Bertoia’s furniture designs were selling so well he was able to devote his time and energy to creating sound sculptures; 3D structures that he manipulated to create sounds as well as stunning visual aesthetics.

Bertoia was a Scholastic Award winning in 1934 and 1936- but not for design or sculpture! Check out this ink drawing he won for in 1936 entitled “Wash Dry” while attending Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Read More

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Martha Hughes, Rooms #1, acrylic on panels, 27 panels, 40 x 114″

Deep in the heart of Texas, Awards alum Martha Hughes has a new show at the Marfa Book Company in desert and artist’s oasis Marfa, Texas. The show, called “New Paintings: Scenes and Rooms” runs through the end of March and it’s a big, bright installation that started small: the canvases that inspired it measure 12 inches square. But for the show itself, housed in the minimalist gallery at the Book Company, boasts canvases that measure 6 feet by 6 feet—and Martha would have painted them larger if she had her druthers!

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