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Courtney Buckland, the Alliance’s Associate Manager of Affiliate Services, at the 2015 National Art Educators Association Annual Convention in New Orleans.

As an artist, the National Art Educators Association Annual Convention (NAEA) is my favorite event–I feel like when I arrive I am with my tribe. Big jewelry, rainbow-colored hair, and thousands of art educators, administrators, and even some students about to begin the path to becoming art educators themselves. The fact that this year’s convention was in New Orleans was particularly welcome after the long, cold winter we had in New York City. I was continuously pleased by how much NAEA was able to bring the feel of New Orleans to the convention. There was no shortage of masks, Mardi Gras beads, and sunshine! Read More

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The official traveling exhibition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is coming back to the East Coast! The Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-2015 opens at the Catskills Art Society on February 21! More than 100 pieces of art and writing, plus the complete works of the five National Student Poets, are available for all visitors to see, read and experience. 

The Art.Write.Now.Tour, now in it’s fifth year, is an important part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as it not only shares the bold and original works of our nation’s most creative teens, but it also inspires other students to express their talent and for adults to spread the word to teens in their lives. The 2014-15 Tour was curated by notable artist Kay WalkingStick, an alumna of the 1948 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  In her curatoratorial statement, Kay notes that, “The truly wonderful thing about these artworks is the overall sense of joy in them. They are all so intelligent, mature, and sophisticated—and many of them are very witty as well. I applaud these young people for their achievement.” Read More

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The Scholastic Awards national office is dedicated to growing local affiliate programs across the country, and we are grateful for our long-standing local affiliates who have built strong programs that recognize the talents of creative teens in their communities. The Miami Valley Art Region in Ohio is dedicated to recognizing, showcasing and exhibiting their region’s young artists. We were lucky to catch up with Rebecca Sargent, TEJAS Director, to hear about what’s new in the Miami Valley region, and they’re up to a lot!

Read on to learn more about the Miami Valley Art Region, and  if you are an artist in the region, you can still submit your artwork to the Awards! The deadline for all Miami Valley art submissions is this Friday, January 9, 2015. Read More

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Nicole in her studio

Our Scholastic Awards alumni are an incredibly talented and diverse network. While many may not realize it, we follow their paths long after they received their Awards. Every month we 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.

With a new year, we have a new Alumni Story! Nicole Tschampel received her Scholastic Award  for a book of prints she made while attending high school in Columbus, Ohio. Now a working artist and educator. Check out the interview below to hear about Nicole’s current and upcoming projects, how she balances being an artist and an educator, and what educators inspired her! Read More

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The month of October brings many wonderful things – a chill in the autumn air, a parade of costumed trick-or-treaters, apple picking, and National Arts & Humanities month! Started in 1993 to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of participation in the arts and humanities, this is a month the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebrate whole heartedly. As entries continue to decorate our desktops and satisfy our literary ear, we are lucky to have Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies as a sponsor and as a partner in supporting the arts and the humanities.

Each year Blick generously supports the Scholastic Awards by donating gift certificates that are presented at regional ceremonies and awarded to our national medalist art educators (no small feat! This adds up to nearly $70,000 of support!). Blick is also an annual sponsor of a Gold Medal Art Portfolio Award, where the recipient receives a $10,000 academic award. Among the recent Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies Art Portfolio Gold Medalists are 2014 medalist Ellie Braun, 2013 medalist Alex Reynolds, and 2012 medalist Sarah Devlin. Their continued support of the Scholastic Awards allows for diverse benefits to the arts, from enabling educators to purchase art supplies for their classrooms to giving students the confidence to pursue their creative dreams. Read More

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Again and Again and Again (detail), 168” x 72” Adobe Photoshop, Digital Print, Polaroid / Emulsion Transfer

Country, family, community, beliefs, race, cultural norms and accepted behaviors: we are born into this world with many of these factors pre-determined for us. So what’s a teenager to do? As Portfolio Medalists Patrick Zapien and Jackson Trice see it, there’s just one choice: to rebel.

For Jackson, a born-and-bred Southerner, “I Should Be Leaving” deals with how she feel s about her place in the world, coming of age, and the natural urge to revolt that comes with it.

“It goes back to this central question I’ve posed for myself which is: what makes me want to rebel?” she reflects. “Perhaps it is in my blood. And perhaps, I dare to say, I am okay with it.” Read More