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

Student artists and writers officially open the 2012 Art.Write.Now D.C. exhibit by cutting the ribbon.
Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Education

Guest post by Alliance staffer Courtney Buckland, Project Administrator

On October 12, students, families, and teachers from across the country gathered at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC to celebrate the opening of the 2012 Art.Write.Now D.C. exhibition. More than 180 National Award-winning works from the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are on exhibit at the Department of Education (DoED) and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities from now until the end of August 2013. The DoED is also home to a film reel of student videos, Kindles loaded with The Best Teen Writing of 2012, and poems from our 2012 National Student Poets.

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Scholastic Award-winning work from the Art.Write.Now.2012 National Exhibition

This edited post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog on June 6, 2012. Post by Lia Zneimer.

I’ve never been much of an artist (let’s be honest — I can hardly draw stick figures), but I have so much respect for people who are able to express themselves through art. Whether he or she uses paints or charcoals, colored pencils or a camera, I’m always amazed by an artist’s ability to interpret everyday life and translate it into a beautiful and thought-provoking piece of work. Living in New York City means I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by tons of art museums, gallery openings, exhibits and installations, but the ART. WRITE. NOW National Exhibition* is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. (And I’m not just saying that because I work at Scholastic!)

There were 1,600 students in grades 7 through 12 who were recognized with national medals in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and from the pool of incredible winning works, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers selected more than 500 pieces to appear in a special exhibit at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan, which is free and open to the public through June 16. Read More

Photo Credit: Iñigo Sesma. Taken at Harrison Love's Compressed Culture show at the Greenpoint Gallery on April 6, 2012.

The art world can be a very daunting place, especially if you’re in New York City. There are surprisingly few places in New York that provide opportunities for young artists to show their work. Even with the resources that are available, exhibiting anywhere in this big city is a hard earned privilege.

This was no different for artist and illustrator Harrison Love, who won a Scholastic Art & Writing Award in 2004. Looking for the right opportunity to exhibit his work without feeling the bite of a gallery’s commission or percentage was no easy task. After looking for a year, Harrison was starting to become discouraged by the long wait list and huge commission percentage of galleries around the city.

Then, in the winter of 2011, there was finally a sign of light at the end of the tunnel. Read More

Jessica Bonaventure. Parallel Universes. Grade 12, Age 17. 2011 American Visions Award, Mixed Media.

Here at Scholastic headquarters in SoHo (NY), we’re used to being around a lot of artwork. A lot. Each of the twelve floors in this building is adorned with hundreds of award-winning artworks that span all 89 years of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program.

As the keepers of this collection, we at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers wanted to know what Scholastic employees really wanted to see in the spaces and halls that they work in and pass by every day. So, we developed Scholastic Curates as a way to find out.

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Mel Bochner, Amazing!, 2011. Courtesy of Peter Freeman, Inc.

The National Gallery of Art’s “In the Tower” exhibition series celebrates developments in art since the mid-century. On view now through April 8, 2012, the series plays host to 43 thesaurus-inspired paintings and drawings that span 45 years of Mel Bochner’s career, many of which are on view for the very first time.

Mel Bochner (Scholastic Awards winner, 1958) is best-known for his groundbreaking work in conceptual art, creating pieces that compel the viewer to look, read and think simultaneously.

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