The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.
Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top arts institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.
The Alliance’s Regional Affiliate Programs mount more than 70 art exhibitions in museums and galleries across the country. Regional exhibitions include Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Miami Art Museum, FL; Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, IN; Stauth Memorial Museum, KS; College for Creative Studies, MI; School of Museum of Fine Arts, MA; and Mississippi Museum of Art, MS; among many others.
The 2013 National ART.WRITE.NOW NYC Exhibition took place in New York City from June 1 – June 15, coinciding with the national celebration at Carnegie Hall on May 31. National Gold Medalist work was on display at Parsons The New School for Design. A selection of work was also featured at Pratt Manhattan Gallery. Approximately 300 works of art and 300 works of writing from the National-Award-winning work were included in the exhibition. The Alliance also holds ongoing exhibitions at the U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
In addition National Award-winning art and writing is displayed in cities across the US, as part of the ART.WRITE.NOW national touring exhibition. The tour will feature stops at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA from September 5, 2013 — October 2, 2013; the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM from November 15, 2013 — December 16, 2013, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA from February 5, 2014 — March 2, 2014, and the Laramie Public Library in Laramie, WY from April 12 2014 – May 15, 2014.
Selections from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are published in the National Catalog and The Best Teen Writing, which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide. Works have also appeared in Scholastic publications including The Best Young Writers & Artists in America (Push), Scope magazine, Junior Scholastic magazine, Scholastic Art magazine, and New York Times Upfront magazine.
More than $250,000 is given annually through the Scholastic Awards program in awards and scholarships to top winners and their educators. In addition, more than $8 million in scholarships is set aside each year by our partners for recipients of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
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