Horace Liveright

Horace Liveright (December 10, 1883 – September 24, 1933) was the founder of the Modern Library and Boni & Liveright Publishers. He was also the Scholastic Awards’ very first juror! Today, on the anniversary of his death, we celebrate his life and his contribution to the awards that are still around almost 90 years later.
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Tar Beach (Part I from the Woman on a Bridge series), 1988. Acrylic on canvas, bordered with printed, painted, quilted, and pieced cloth. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Artist Faith Ringgold is a professor, children’s book author and illustrator, and best known for her painted story quilts. She also helped choose the 2011 Art Portfolio Gold medalists as one of our 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards jurors.

Faith Ringgold was born and raised in Harlem, NY. Her work with fabric and quilts was initially influenced by her mother, who was a fashion designer. View the video below to hear Faith speak about the quilt as an art form.
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Photo Credit: Austin Irving

You might recognize Waris Alhuwalia from his appearances in the Wes Anderson films The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Or, you might be familiar his jewelry line, HOUSE OF WARIS. Here at the Alliance, we know him as one the fantastic jurors of our 2011 American Visions award.
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Wangechi Mutu, Flora Hanitijo. © Art21, Inc.

We were thrilled to have Wangechi Mutu as an Art Portfolio judge this year. The  following post originally appeared on the Art21 Blog on February 21, 2011 by Guest Blogger Thea Liberty Nichols, Curator & Writer, Chicago.

“I’m really trying to pay homage to the notion of the sublime and the abject together and using the aesthetic of rejection, or poverty, or wretchedness as a tool to talk about things that are transcendent and hopeful.” (Aimée Reed, “Interview with Wangechi Mutu,” Daily Serving, Apr. 12, 2010)

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Tony Hawk

This year, we were lucky to have Tony Hawk as a judge for the Video Game Design category of the Scholastic Awards. Tony brought enthusiasm and expertise to an already exciting award. Click through to hear what Tony has to say about creativity and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
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Chris Seongwoo Lee, Cubicle. Grade 11, Age 17. 2010 Silver Medal.

On Wednesday, March 23,  we held a chat on twitter with five of this year’s writing jurors. For one hour online, they shared their experiences on what it was like to judge, answered some of our questions, and tweeted advice for all the young writers out there. See the full conversation after the jump.
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