Nicole in her studio

Our Scholastic Awards alumni are an incredibly talented and diverse network. While many may not realize it, we follow their paths long after they received their Awards. Every month we highlight a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumnus who continues to approach their work and day-to-day life with the creative passion that was recognized when they first received their Scholastic Awards.

With a new year, we have a new Alumni Story! Nicole Tschampel received her Scholastic Award  for a book of prints she made while attending high school in Columbus, Ohio. Now a working artist and educator. Check out the interview below to hear about Nicole’s current and upcoming projects, how she balances being an artist and an educator, and what educators inspired her! Read More


They’re here! Your portraits from the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Events registration last weekend! We were so lucky to have photographer and Awards alum Lars Klove with us for the second year in a row, and his photos are great! They’re now up on Flickr, just waiting to be turned into a new Facebook profile picture or album. Be sure to tag #AWawards and @artandwriting when posting!

Here’s how to find your picture: Read More

Steven Paul InstaThe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are excited to announce a larger than life public display of 2014 Gold Medalist Steven Paul’s photo, Lost Time!

As part of their support for the Awards, Colossal Media is installing Lost Time, a photograph by Gold Medalist Steven Paul, a senior at Edward R. Murrow High School, as a massive, hand-painted public mural on the wall of a building at Broadway and Bedford Streets in Brooklyn.

We stopped by over the weekend to check out the process, and you can still watch them paint today as they finish up painting the face and hair. There is a beautiful pedestrian mall with tables situated under umbrellas and plenty of yummy restaurants, so grab a slice of New York style pizza and watch the Wall Dogs work their magic! Read More

Taylor Jones. Dear Photograph. Age 18. 2013 Silver Medal, Photography.

What does America look like to teenagers today? To answer this question Lens is inviting high school students across the country to create a 21st century portrait of America by turning their cameras on their neighborhoods, families, friends, and schools. Teens, ages 14 to 18, from all areas — whether you live in a rural, suburban, or urban community — are eligible to submit photos to the “My Hometown” project.

The resulting collection of photographs will be shown in an interactive gallery that will be sortable by geography and theme. Lens will also highlight select images in a series of posts on their blog, and many of the photos will be archived at the Library of Congress! How awesome is that?

Interested students must submit photos here under the supervision of a photography class teacher or program instructor by the May 1, 2013. For details on how to submit, check out  this Lens Blog post or email lens.projects@gmail.com.

Have fun snapping away!

“I am inspired when looking back at old journals and sketchbooks. Seeing the progress I’ve made and remembering where I started is a huge source of inspiration and motivation, especially when revisiting and reviving old themes in my art.”
– Courtney Buckland, Project Administrator at the Alliance/Scholastic Awards

We recently joined Instagram! And since then, we’ve seen a lot of amazing photos of art and writing by talented teens, which got us wondering: what’s the inspiration behind them?

So, we’re asking all of you to snap a photo of your creative inspiration using the hashtag #AWmyinspiration. It could be a photo of your favorite album, a favorite quote, or even some fun street art – whatever inspires you to be creative.

We’ll even feature some of our favorite submissions right here on our blog and Tumblr page!

If you’re not on Instagram you can still share your inspiration by posting your pic on our Facebook Timeline or tweeting it to us at @artandwriting using the same hashtag. And be sure to follow us on Instagram to see creative inspirations from our staff (like the one above)!

We look forward to seeing what fuels your creativity!

Spring is here and with it, an opportunity to click and shoot with the pros at the International Center of Photography’s Teen Academy! NYC-area teen photographers, you have until tomorrow, Friday March 29, to sign up for these classes that begin mid-April and run through June. For film buffs: ICP Teen Academy is one of the few remaining photography schools in which you use real film and have access to a darkroom to develop your photos! Scholarships may still be available (http://www.icp.org/sites/default/files/exhibition_pdfs/icp_teen_scholarship_application_s13.pdf) but you must act fast!