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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While attending Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School in Syracuse, New York, Kay WalkingStick received her Scholastic Gold Key in 1947.

Yesterday we celebrated Kay WalkingStick’s birthday! WalkingStick, an artist of Native American descent, won a Scholastic Award in 1947 when she was 13 years old. She also served as a juror in 2010 and again this year for the 11th grade drawing panel.

On June 6, 2014, the Scholastic Awards will honor Kay WalkingStick at Carnegie Hall with an Alumni Achievement Award! Fellow artists and alums Zac Posen, John Baldessari, and Ed Sorel have also received Alumni Achievement Awards. Read More

Ned Vizzini, 1996 alumnus

Late last week we were all deeply saddened by the tragic news that Art & Writing Awards alum Ned Vizzini had passed away. Ned was honored with an Art & Writing Award in 1996, served as a National Writing juror for several years, and shared advice with young authors through our Ask a Writer blog series.

“The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards family has lost a good friend and a tireless supporter,” says Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “His work was a true example of the fearlessness and originality that our program seeks to recognize. We will miss him greatly.” Read More

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Untitled (Separate Yourself From the Animals), 2013. By Justin Nissley.

Guest post by Justin Nissley (2001 Scholastic Awards winner) whose art is currently being shown in a group exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art until January 25. Justin received his BFA in Studio Art at Virginia Tech, and now resides and works in New York City. He was also a part of our first artist-and-residency program, the Atelier, in the fall/winter of 2011.

New York City is a great place for an artist to live. There is so much to see and do, and artists can visit many local galleries to get their finger on the pulse of what is happening in the art world. I think going to look at art is one of the most important things an artist can do, other than creating it.

My art for the past 7 years has been figurative, and mostly painting portraits. I’m drawn to the face because I’m constantly surrounded by people, and each person is fascinating in his or her own way. Recently, I started doing charcoal drawings of people in gas masks. Read More

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Comics legend Stan Lee has launched a charity auction of these awesome YO! vinyl figures to benefit the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! We are so thankful to Stan’s POW! Entertainment and 3CoconutMonkey for supporting our work and the tens of thousands of young artists and writers we serve each year across the country.

Over 40 talented artists and celebrities joined the cause by creating their own unique YO! figures to support creative teens. You can view and bid on all of them right here. Read More