Originally printed in the New Yorker, July 5, 1993.
Cartoonist and author Peter Steiner made waves in 1993 when he created an inauspicious New Yorker cartoon with the caption “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.” Two decades later, the cartoon and the adage are widely known, and Steiner is not only a veteran cartoonist for the New Yorker, the Washington Times, and the Weekly Standard; he is also the author of several crime novels.
Peter Steiner as a Junior at Walnut Hills High School, 1957
In 1957, as a junior at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, the “talented young gagman” was featured in the “Backboard” section of the Scholastic publication Literary Cavalcade, along with 3 of his Scholastic Award-winning cartoons. According to the spread, the cartooning jury “remarked that Pete’s work was distinguished by a fine visual sense of humor.” Read More
1993 Scholastic Art Exhibition opening at Howard University
By Haley Richardson, Scholastic Awards Archivist
This year’s Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall is shaping up to be the biggest celebration the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have ever seen. With a sold out show and live streaming webcast of the event, there’s a lot to celebrate!
All of this got me thinking about the different ways in which the Awards have been celebrated through the last 90 years.
Scholastic Awards winners from the 1920s!
While this year’s Gold and Silver Medals (and Keys!) are still shiny, and the artists and writers who earned them float on cloud nine, we can be sure of one enduring fact: the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have delivered this kind of validation to creative teens for 90 amazing years! To celebrate this milestone, we dug into our vast archives and turned to esteemed colleague Bryan Doerries to tell the story that started in 1923 with just 7 submissions and is now the largest, most prestigious awards program in the U.S. Here’s a sneak peek at The Great Encouragement with Bryan as your guide!
Norman Brandes won a 3rd Prize for Poetry in 1936.
Phyllis Heisterkamp won an art scholarship in 1942.
Doris Lynne-Garter won an Award for poetry in 1962.
Mesfin Million won an Award for a charcoal drawing in 1987.
Mike Lindenthal won an art Award in 1992.
Brittany Cartie won for American Visions in 2010.
Guest post by our Archivist, Haley Richardson
While preparing for the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebration in New York City, I’ve been hunting in the archives for photographs of past Award winners, which I’ve come to think of as tiny time capsules of teenage life. From the emphasis on neat up-dos and fancy neckwear in the 1930s to the more informal and whimsical self portraits of the ’00s, these snapshots are visual reminders of great amount of social change over time, but also of the broad shared realities of being a teenager. Read More
John Updike named as First Prize winner for “Gag” Cartoon in the 1948 Student Achievement issue of Senior Scholastic.
By Haley Richardson, our awesome Archivist
Today, I’m proud to announce a few additions to the illustrious list of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumni: film director Richard Linklater and writers John Updike and Stephen King!
Stephen King named as a Fourth Award winner for Short Story in 1965!
Richard Linklater is a noted filmmaker, and the writer and director of some of my favorite movies about my homeland, Texas: Slacker (1991), Dazed and Confused (1993), and Bernie (2011). In 1978, as a student at Huntsville High School in Huntsville, TX, Rick (as he was called in the Student Achievement edition of Scholastic’s Literary Cavalcade that year) won an Honorable Mention award for Short-short Story. Read More
1942 Scholastic National High School Art Exhibition Catalog, featuring Philip Pearlstein‘s award winning oil painting.
Guest blogger Haley Richardson is the Archivist for the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. She spends her days sorting through historical documents, photos of past Award recipients, and other unique archival materials to help organize and document the historical legacy of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She will be highlighting her favorite materials from the collection each month!
Far below the sunny and bustling SoHo offices of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, behind the Scholastic copy center and across the hall from the aged vending machines, is the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Archives Office. Filing cabinets and flat files are filled with Award-winning student writing and artwork, photographs of art exhibitions and awards ceremonies, and unique artifacts representing our 90-year legacy.