Elizabeth Berdann with her national Scholastic Award-winning work from 1974

A couple of weeks ago, two members of our External Relations team headed over to an art studio in Tribeca to meet with a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winner from the 1970s! Elizabeth Berdann won a Regional Certificate of Merit in 1973 (today’s Gold Key Award) and a National Award (Gold Medal) in 1974 while attending Allen High School in Allentown, PA. She is now a professional fine artist living in SoHo. Elizabeth always knew that she wanted to be an artist and the Scholastic Awards provided her with early encouragement.

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Kenzie Knox. Fly Away Thoughts. Age 18. 2011 Silver Medal, Sculpture.

This article originally appeared in the February 2012 edition of Scholastic Art Magazine.

2011 Silver Medalist Kenzie Knox talks about her winning piece and offers some good advice to aspiring young artists.

Kenzie Knox loves sculpture. “I love that it’s three-dimensional. You can walk around a sculpture and experience it in different ways,” says Kenzie, 18. A freshman art major at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Kenzie’s dream job is to create sculptures in her own studio someday.

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Martha Hughes is an award-winning artist and photographer – and a distinguished alum of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards circa 1967! She is currently working on a couple of series of paintings and drawings called “Scenes” and “Grid”, which you can view on her website. Also, for the last 11 years, she’s posted a snapshot of her studio and work-in-progress on the website’s homepage every day. In March, her work will be displayed at the Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa, Texas.  Learn more about Martha in our interview with her after the jump!

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Harrison Love was recently awarded Best in Show at The Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. He will be working in the gallery’s residency program through March and will have his first New York solo exhibition there in April. He is also a participating artist in now on paper, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ March 7th fundraiser and art auction.

In the following interview, Harrison talks about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, his work, and his artistic goals.

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Photo Credit: John Sigmund

We had the absolute pleasure of meeting Janet Tan, a teacher at the Hong Kong International School (HKIS), in our office two weeks ago. Janet joined the High School Humanities team at HKIS in 2000, and our TAG (Teacher Advisory Group) Team this year. She conducts workshops for schools and at conferences, and consults in schools in Southeast Asia. For the past 25 years, Janet has co-directed the East Asia Writing Project with her colleague and friend Judith Pearce.

In the following interview, Janet talks about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and shares her experience and advice.

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Teacher Diane Heath with award-winning daughter and students Rebecca Heath, Amber Dietz, Katie Doyle, Audrey Benjaminsen, Sara Harbin and Mandy Hess.

Diane Heath of Rochester Hills, Michigan, has had a great year. Diane works at Stoney Creek High School where she’s an art teacher. This year her students include Portfolio Gold and Gold Medal winners, and her own children are Scholastic Award winners as well!

In the following interview by Alliance Staffer Lisa Feder-Feitel, Diane shares her experience and advice.
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