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Zac Posen won for both Textile Design and Personal Essay in 1998. Since then he has gone on to become a world-famous fashion designer, whose designs have become the preferred fashions of celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Beyoncé, Kate Winslet, and so many more. Today we wish him a very special Happy Birthday!
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"Savannah Building," Bethany Gill. Grade 12, Age 17. Silver Medal, Painting.

October’s Writing of the Month comes from Roman Junceau of Brooklyn, NY. Roman is a 2011 Gold Medalist for Personal Essay.

My name is Roman and I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When you hear Williamsburg you might think of a bunch of young artists and fancy restaurants. But that’s not the whole story. Williamsburg is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York City. Metropolitan Avenue divides it into two sides, the Northside, and the Southside. The North Side is undergoing an incredible change; a new generation of people has moved in, breaking the old traditions and destroying the old buildings. We call these new people “Hipsters.” Me, I was born here, and I’ve lived here 13 years, but when I was little, I never thought my world would change.
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Valerie Crosswhite at work in the Atelier

This past June, we were very lucky to have six alumni artists create work in a downtown New York City storefront for two weeks as part of the ART.WRITE.NOW. Atelier. We’re taking that experience a little further this fall with our very first Artist Residency program, thanks to support from the Esther B. Kahn Foundation. Read on to see who our residents are.
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Four panels from Richard Haas’ 1982 "Cityscape" cycle will hang in the New-York Historical Society’s 77th Street entrance rotunda.

This post originally appeared on the New York Historical Society’s blog.

When the New-York Historical Society reopens in November, the 77th Street Rotunda will be adorned with four works from artist Richard Haas’ Cityscapes cycle—paintings which depict a 360 degree view of New York City’s skyline. Originally displayed in the employee dining room of the Philip Morris headquarters in 1982, Haas tells us his goal was to bring the building’s stunning views to everyone. “When I was shown the sub-basement area allocated for the cafeteria I immediately thought of the executive lounges at the top of the building and what great views they had by comparison…I went to the Lincoln Building next door and took 360 degree photos.”
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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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Justin Nissley and Max Vernon working in the Atelier

As you know, ART.WRITE.NOW. is our annual exhibition featuring work from national award-winning teens. This year we are showcasing more than 500 visual and literary works in New York City’s World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery. In addition, we have an exciting new project called the ART.WRITE.NOW. Atelier, located in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, where six alumni artists are currently producing new works of art in a storefront space for all to see!
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