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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

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

This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog. By Brittany Sullivan.

Tyra AThe 91st annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Celebration is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate some of the most outstanding young artists and writers from all across the country. On Friday, June 6, national Scholastic Art & Writing Award-winning students will be honored during the National Awards Ceremony, live-webcasted from the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Since the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced the 2014 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners in March, we have had the privilege of getting to know some of these talented teens, including the Art Portfolio Gold Medal Award recipients. This year, 16 high school seniors received the Portfolio Gold Medal Award, the highest Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honor, which includes a $10,000 cash scholarship. After their big win, the Portfolio Gold Medalists have made television appearances, been featured in local papers and done radio interviews to discuss their award and what it took to get on the path to Carnegie Hall.

Before the National Celebration kicks-off in New York City next week, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the creative minds of the eight Portfolio Gold Medal artists. From vital organs made out of fabric to quirky self-portraits and even intricate pencil shavings sculptures, these eight teens are sure to impress you with their incredible talent, undeniable creativity and bold personalities. Read More

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Ford Town, USA 1960 by Laurel Taylor. Age 16, Grade 11, Cincinnati, OH.

Duck Tape® has always been known as a fix-all for DIY repairs, but with the addition of colors and prints this once utilitarian tool has quickly become a craft medium that is both unique and accessible. Sponsored by Duck Tape®, this award encourages new forms of creativity, individuality and personal expression. One award of $500 is presented to a student that expresses their artistic skills using Duck Tape® in their creation. 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 1948.

Yesterday we celebrated Kay WalkingStick’s birthday! WalkingStick, an artist of Native American descent, won a Scholastic Award in 1948 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