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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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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In the early 1930s, three high school students were preparing work for a national art contest sponsored by the Scholastic magazine. Destiny would not abandon these Seattle teens to ordinary lives: they would go on to study calligraphy in China and philosophy in Japan; they would fight in the second World War, work in the fish canneries of Alaska and eventually they would become founding members of one of the Pacific Northwest’s major art movements. But first, they had Scholastic Awards to win.

Morris Graves in his Leek Garden, 1973. Photo: Imogen Cunningham.

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Monica Johnson (right), helps a student load her artwork.

Primary role: Monica Johnson oversees a massive art storage space adjoining our headquarters in New York City. She carefully receives, registers and catalogues every national award-winning work of art that comes through our doors. She’s also responsible for the design and installation of our New York City exhibitions and for shipping artwork to various destinations—an art unto itself! Read More

Did you miss this year’s National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Teen Exhibition in New York City? If so, you may have a chance to catch a segment of the works while they tour the country in the Alliance’s first-ever traveling exhibition, ART.WRITE.NOW. The roughly 100 works of art and writing on display in ART.WRITE.NOW. are merely a slice of the national exhibition which in 2010 showcased more than 600 visual and literary works from teens in grades 7 through 12 hailing from 45 states and 6 countries.
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Image: Artist and teacher Leslie Matz demonstrating technique in class.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are happening all over the country: from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon. Even in Anchorage, Alaska – the northern and western-most point in the United States – art students in Leslie Matz’s A.P. and Advanced Art classes are preparing artwork for the Awards. In addition to being an educator, Leslie Matz is a practicing artist who creates jewelry, pottery, paintings and “seriously functional bicycle components.” This year, two of Matz’s students won national Awards for their metalwork and jewelry. We recently asked Matz to tell us about his dual identity as a teacher and an artist. Read More