Donald Lipski in front of his installation The Candy Box, 2013. Plastics, steel, LED lighting. 21’ x 13’ x 14”. For the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Haymarket Section of Lincoln, NE, Lipski created a giant box of chocolates, paying homage to Lincoln's history as a center of chocolate manufacturing. Many of the chocolates have shapes and images that relate to symbols of Lincoln, past and present. (Photo: John Grant)

Donald Lipski in front of his installation The Candy Box, 2013. Plastics, steel, LED lighting. 21’ x 13’ x 14”. For the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Haymarket Section of Lincoln, NE, Lipski created a giant box of chocolates, paying homage to Lincoln’s history as a center of chocolate manufacturing. Many of the chocolates have shapes and images that relate to symbols of Lincoln, past and present. (Photo: John Grant)

 

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presents the Alumni Achievement Award to past Scholastic Awards recipients who have become innovators and trendsetters in their fields. The 2015 Honoree is Donald Lipski, a renowned sculptor who has received numerous awards throughout his career, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rome Prize. He is represented by Galerie Lelong in New York. His work is in the public collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Detroit Institute of Art, among many other prominent institutions. Recently, his work has focused on large-scale works for public spaces. Read More

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou know the drill: everyone goes around the circle and says their name, where they’re from, and some “interesting fact” about themselves. It’s standard first-day-of-school-or-camp-or-other-student-activity procedure. Meanwhile you sit there, the very last person in the circle, knowing that there’s really no way you could remember all these names anyway, but especially not now since all you can do is focus on coming up with that one “interesting fact.” It has to be something unique and memorable (because first impressions are important), but not something too weird (because first impressions are important), and it should by no means evoke any kind of follow-up question (because second impressions are even more important, and you’re just not ready for that yet). Then there’s the pressure of going last—these people are expecting some grand finale, and really how can you beat “I once went skydiving with my grandpa” kid? Flustered, you end up blurting out something (like: “I’m a fan of Netflix” or “my favorite color is aquamarine”) that, while important, doesn’t really define you (except that now it does—you will be “aqua girl” in the minds of all your peers for at least the next few hours).

That’s kind of how I feel right now.

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Alumni Council Members pictured from left: Antonio Pulgarin (’07), Zara Kessler (’08), Molly Hensley-Clancy (’08), Tasha Garcia (’07), Iviva Olenick (’93), and Dionisio Cortes Ortega (’04)

Alumni Council Members pictured from left: Antonio Pulgarin (’07), Zara Kessler (’08), Molly Hensley-Clancy (’08), Tasha Garcia (’07), Iviva Olenick (’93), and Dionisio Cortes Ortega (’04)

Post by Jeanette Anderson, Associate Manager Of Development at the Alliance For Young Artists & Writers and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alum (’07)

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumni cross generations, disciplines, and career paths. In 2007, I received my Gold Key in high school for poetry. Sixty-one years earlier, in 1946, my father Lennart Anderson received a Scholastic Award and scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago. Now, I work for the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, writing poetry in my free time, while my father continues to paint and exhibit his work. Meanwhile, the Alliance’s programming has expanded to include the Scholastic Awards Summer Series, the Alliance Summer Arts Program, the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the National Student Poets Program, alumni and educator residencies, and now, the inaugural SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS ALUMNI COUNCIL! Read More

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Timothy H. Lee at work in his studio. Image courtesy of the artist.

We are happy to launch the first feature in our Alumni Story series. Every month we will highlight a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumnus who continues to approach their work and day-to-day life with the creative passion that was recognized when they first received their Scholastic Awards.

Timothy H. Lee received his Scholastic Awards in 2006 and 2008, and later received Educator Awards for his work with art students in the New York City area. A Korean-born New York-raised artist, Timothy studied Neuroscience, Drawing and Biology when he attended Wesleyan University. After graduating with high honors, he decided to postpone his medical ambitions in favor of becoming a full-time studio artist, and an Art.Write.Now.POP UP resident.

We could tell you all about Timothy’s beautiful watercolor pieces and the hypnotic process involved in the intricate cutouts that adorn his pieces, but we’ll let him tell you all about it instead! Read More

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It has been a fast and furious month! We’ve seen an outpouring of support and cannot thank you enough for donating and sharing our campaign to raise $50K by December 2!

Today is #GivingTuesday and the last day of our fundraising campaign! Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We have one last push to raise our goal by midnight, 12/2.

We need YOU to help us raise $50K by midnight! Read More

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Collecting #myAWaward videos from alumni and friends of the program has been an absolute joy for us here at the Alliance. Every day, we learn more about the reach and impact of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! We’ve been humbled and inspired to work even harder and find more creative teens. And now you’re totally inspired too. Yes. You.  You with the Gold Key pin. A certificate. The memory of you becoming suddenly and inextricably changed. Read More