Figure + Square by Joseph Parra. Screen print and digital print. 29 x 40.

Scholastic Awards alum Joseph Parra knew at an early age that he wanted to be involved in the art world. In 2007, Joseph won the American Visions Medal. A few months after receiving a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, he was chosen as 1 of 3 alums to participate in the Alliance’s 2012 Atelier Artists-in-Residency program – and the youngest one of them too! If that’s not enough, his work will be featured in two shows this month: at the Adah Rose Gallery on January 12 and the Current Space Gallery on January 18. Here’s his backstory!

When did you first become interested in art? I went to an art middle school and  high school, so I’ve always been making art. I decided in high school that I wanted to become an artist, so going to an art college was the only answer for me. Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was there that I started to focus more on the importance of process, and to choose one that best fulfills the concept of a piece. Read More

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Alliance’s Atelier artists-in-residency studio has moved to the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center (220 Vesey Street). Step inside the new studio on Wednesday, December 19 from 12pm – 5pm, and see what’s been created in this year’s residency by our three Atelier artists: Andrea Burgay, Kyle James Dunn, and Joseph Parra. Each participant is a past Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winner, and follows in the footsteps of other alumni like Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, John Baldessari, Cy Twombly, Mel Bochner, Tom Otterness, and Erik Madigan Heck (just to name a few!). These three artists represent some of the most promising emerging young artists around, and we feel very lucky to have them in our program.

Learn more about them here. And, to see some examples of their work, visit our Flickr page. Have a question for the artists? Tweet @artandwriting using the hashtag #AWatelier. Read More


Tonight, from 6pm to 8pm, is the opening of Scholastic Awards alum Winston Chmielinski‘s first solo show in New York City, Ecstatic Skin. And, we’re super excited about it!

In 2011, Winston was selected to create new works of art in the Alliance’s first artists-in-residency program, the Atelier. The program ran from October thru December, and provided five up-and-coming artists (all past Scholastic Awards winners) with career development workshops, exhibition opportunities, workspace, art supplies, and a monthly stipend. You can learn about Winston’s experience in the Atelier here: From the Atelier: The Artist’s Holy Trinity. Ecstatic Skin will feature Winston’s newest work. To see some of the pieces in the show, click here.

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The Atelier—and its amazing emerging artists—is back! Last year, we launched our first artists-in-residency program for Scholastic Award winners who had recently graduated from college, and it was a great success (check out a recap of it here). We are excited to be able to bring this program back with more talented alumni this fall!

The 2012 Atelier program, which runs from October 8 through December 28, will include for each participating artist: a monthly stipend, exhibition opportunities, career development workshops and an open workspace provided by Arts Brookfield at One New York Plaza, where passers-by can witness the artists creating new work.

This year’s Atelier Artists are:


Kyle James


Be sure to stop by to see these artists at work on our open studio dates: November 7 and December 5 from 12:30pm – 5:30pm. Not in New York City? No problem! We’ll keep you updated with pictures, videos, and blog posts from the artists themselves. So, stay tuned!

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Our very own Justin Nissley (2001 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winner) will have his first New York City solo show, Saints and Sinners, opening this Thursday, May 3 at Splashlight.

Until recently, Justin was a resident in the Alliance’s Atelier, our very first artists-in-residency program supported by the Esther B. Kahn Foundation. Read More

Guest post from Alliance staffer Danniel Swatosh, Manager of Design & Production

In October 2011, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers launched the Atelier, our first Artists in Residency program, and it’s been a privilege to develop and administer it. The purpose of this program is to support the promising careers of recent alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Over the course of three months, this year’s residents—past Awards winners Winston Chmielinski, Valerie Crosswhite, Justin Nissley, Sasha Shaw and Rachel Shim—created new works of art in a storefront at One New York Plaza. The artists received studio space donated by arts>Brookfield, along with a monthly stipend and general supplies.

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