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

Luis Jimenez, Fiesta-Jarabe, 1991-97, fiberglass with jet aircraft finish.  Image Credit: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Luis Jiménez, Fiesta-Jarabe, 1991-97, fiberglass with jet aircraft finish. Credit: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Today is sculptor Luis Jiménez’s birthday! Jiménez, an artist of Mexican descent, is best-known for his brightly colored sculptures depicting scenes from the American Southwest and Mexico. His work has been represented in many private and institutional art collections around the country, including the El Paso Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Art Museum.

As a child, Jiménez witnessed lively music and dance festivals in his El Paso community. He also worked in his father’s neon-sign making shop, where he was inspired by the bright hues. These early experiences helped develop his artistic style, which led him to receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 1957 and 1958 while he was in high school! Read More