pop upHave you ever been curious about what happens in an artist’s studio? Here’s your chance to find out! All week long, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumnus, Harrison Love, is transforming the Scholastic Store main display with his artwork as part of the Art.Write.Now.POP UP! residency. From 10am – 6pm each day, Harrison will be creating art in front of a public audience, leaving 557 Broadway with a seriously stunning display by the end of the week (and it’s pretty cool right now, too).

Just yesterday, Harrison installed his studio at 557 Broadway and brought his new space to life for all of SoHo to see. Passers-by have been stopping watch Harrison create beautiful woodblock prints, and we can’t wait to see what’s next. If you can’t stop by and see what’s happening (but we hope you can!) make sure to follow the progress on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Facebook page. Every day we’ll be adding new images of Harrison’s process. Read More

darnielleMountain Goats musician, alum and national writing juror of the Scholastic Awards, and now, first-time novelist John Darnielle will be in conversation with humorist John Hodgman on Monday, September 15 at Manhattan’s eclectic arts venue, Le Poisson Rouge.  To learn more and reserve a seat, click here.

Darnielle is on a book tour, promoting Wolf in White Van, a gripping and often mind-bending adventure featuring two teens caught in a role-playing game that crosses over into the real world—and when disaster strikes, the game’s  reclusive creator is called to account for it.

For more about the book, click here.  Here’s what John Hodgman had to say about it:

Wolf in White Van is utterly magnificent. I was surprised and moved and amazed page after page after page. I am talking about audible gasp type stuff, and also deeper, interior gasps of reflection and astonishment and gratitude. This story is a hard and beautiful human puzzle that will be a pleasure to solve and resolve over many readings. And you can quote me on that. Every day. That is all.”

2013 resident Timothy H. Lee installs his work in the window.

2013 resident Timothy H. Lee installs his work in the window.

Call for Proposals: Special Opportunity for Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumni!

Performance artists, poets, digital sculptors, biotechnologists, writers – alumni working in any genre – we want to invite you to apply to the Art.Write.Now POP-UP! A week-long residency, the pop-up will feature one Scholastic Awards alum creating work in the main Scholastic Store display window.

Location: Soho, NYC
Dates: September 21 – September 27, 2014
Deadline for proposals: August 25, 2014
Costs & Support: No costs. $1,000 stipend and material support

Application Process: Please send all materials to courtney@artandwriting.org Read More

BIG ideas… Where do they come from? How do they start? How do you take a big idea and begin to turn it into something tangible? This summer we have asked recent alums to talk to you about their big ideas and how inspiration, process and creativity take their big ideas to the next level!

Seth Boyden was a 2011 Portfolio Gold Medalist in art and now works for Disney and attends the California Institute of the Arts. Above, Seth talks about his inspiration, creative process, current projects, and more! We’ll let Seth take it from here… Read More

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The Art.Write.Now.2014 National Exhibition at Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

On June 11, writers and an appreciative audience gathered for Words and Lines: a free reading amid 2014 National Medalist artwork at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. It was an evening that paid tribute to the Awards’ three criteria: originality, technical skill, and clear evidence of personal voices and visions!

The program featured award-winning author and  director of Pratt Institute’s Writing Program Thad Ziolkowski;  Past Portfolio Gold Medalists Lashanda Anakwah, Haris Durrani, and Emma Goldberg. The editor of The Best Teen Writing of 2014 , 2004 Portfolio Gold Medalist and fantasy author Hannah Jones served as emcee and even shared some of her work with the crowd!

Poetry and prose echoed throughout the Pratt Manhattan Gallery’s exclusive exhibit of 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Award-winning photography, ceramics and glass…and we know that as you read this, you wish you were there. Two of the readers, Lashanda and Emma, graciously agreed to share excerpts of their work.  Read More

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They’re here! Your portraits from the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events registration last weekend! We were so lucky to have photographer and Awards alum Lars Klove with us for the second year in a row, and his photos are great! They’re now up on Flickr, just waiting to be turned into a new Facebook profile picture or album. Be sure to tag #AWawards and @artandwriting when posting!

Here’s how to find your picture: Read More