Katiuscia Gregoire. Guard. Grade 12, Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

Katiuscia Gregoire. Guard. Grade 12, Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

What does it mean to be an “emerging” young artist or writer? Finding your voice and articulating your vision requires that you possess a point of view, know who you are, and are ready to make that statement. As this 2013 Scholastic Awards’ Gold Medal-winning portfolio pair prepares to leave the creative chrysalis, they use humor to explore who they are and how they can stand out.

The Culture of Secrets, an Alphabet

By Anthony De Santis (2013 Gold Medal, Writing Portfolio)

Anthony
From the Latin Antonius. I never believe Papa Nicki, my great-grandfather, when he tells me that my name means “worthy of praise.” I tell him too many people are named Anthony for it to mean anything special, and yet, he has a way of saying the word that’s different than when he calls any of the other Anthonys in our family by their name. This is especially true now that we both knew that he’s dying. Read More

eyes on the prize

Alex Reynolds. Three Blind Mice. Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

Alex Reynolds and Kathleen Radigan use their images and words to form relationships with the people who inspire them and share similar visions and aspirations. In other words, they reach out to artists and writers! Both are influenced by and open to the work of others, and believe that creativity is not an individual experience but rather a communal one. Jump in and see what you think!

To Walt Whitman
by Kathleen Radigan

I’ve got a crush on your paint box,
thick and weightless as a breath lost in summer.
We’re caught in the courtyards of crickets who
waltz through the wet grass,
ground’s green trumpets, uncurled lizard tongues.
I imagine them floating like stars for an underground country
collecting in small sacks the wishes of girls in yellow dresses.
It’s a childish fantasy, and yet
I cannot help but dream up ways around the sailor’s knots you set. Read More

Christian Caraballo. Lyrical Censorship. Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

Christian Caraballo. Lyrical Censorship. Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

Christian Caraballo.Vroom Street. Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

Christian Caraballo.Vroom Street. Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

Christian Caraballo won a Scholastic Award Portfolio Gold Medal this year for 8 great works of art, all (with the exception of a self-portrait) depicting parts of a city that have been adorned with the tags of graffiti artists. Included with his portfolio was an unusual artist’s statement – a rap song explaining the intricate connection between his passions: MCing, hip-hop culture, and painting! Read on to find out how Christian makes art about words, and uses those words to speak about art.

Does his work speak to you? Let us know in the comments below!
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Artist’s Statement (excerpt)

As I sit here writing with this pen,
I reminisce about how it all began,
at the young age of five,
I found myself living in a world I couldn’t define,
I grabbed a pencil and pad,
to duplicate the actions I’ve witnessed from my dad,
imagination leaked,
at a young age I peaked,
before I could speak,
I had this artistic talent inside of me,
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For Dad - Leah Bydalek

Leah Bydalek. For Dad. Grade 12, Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

Seeking connections—with others or with our own creativity—motivates this next pair of 2013 Portfolio Gold Medal winners. Writer Luisa Banchoff wants readers to “find connections in my lines and paragraphs, in the mutual experiences generated by words.” Artist Leah Bydalek invites viewers to join her “to challenge themselves to think outside the obvious…to extract emotional meaning and let their ideas wander into unbounded realms of thought.” How well do they connect with you? Let us know!

Offline
Offline he stands on the moving earth of
a metro car, his backbone zippered to the pole,
his heels cutting wedges into life-stained
carpet. His feet ache to walk a thin line of
purpose between sweaty seats and over the
gap he used to think he’d slip into if he didn’t
watch his step. His hand wants to hold the
paintbrush dipped in streams of consciousness
and run across the silicon city, leaving only
a wall-painted line the color of marrow.
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Samuel Root. Side View. Grade 12, Age 18. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

Samuel Root. Side View. Grade 12, Age 18. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

A daughter of journalists and a son of illustrators, Scholastic Awards Portfolio Gold Medalists Isabella and Samuel recall the clack of typewriters and the smell of ink since they were infants. How did these creative sounds and smells manifest as they began to write and make art themselves? You decide.

Death of a Sunflower   

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The sunflower on my desk finally died. Each tiny stoma flared and inhaled one last time—inhaled the whole apartment: the heady scent of tired books, the spicy lunchmeat Mom was unwrapping for dinner, and Dad’s hair a-burning as he worked at his computer. Then the flower shuddered, exhaled a puff of golden pollen all over my keyboard and phone, and was dead. Read More

Patrick Hulse. Valentine Portrait. Grade 12, Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

Patrick Hulse. Valentine Portrait. Grade 12, Age 17. 2013 Gold Medal, Art Portfolio.

This Scholastic Awards Portfolio Gold Medal-winning pair shares a special affection for humor and it shines in their work. Says Samantha: “I prefer my poems to be light and funny… I’ve generally moved to silliness, so I won’t be hurt when I’m not taken to heart.” Patrick agrees,” With my art, I hope to make people laugh. I like to laugh and smile and in turn like to make other people do the same. I think that it is important that we never take ourselves too seriously.”

Standard Issue Heart
People forget that
Others have hearts
Standard issue, one size fits all
No one thinks about what they say
No one believes they might… do some damage
Sometimes, they mean to
I like to think they don’t. Read More