The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the non-profit organization that gives out the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, announced the National Medalists from the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. National Medalists should log in to their Scholastic Awards accounts at www.artandwriting.org/registration for details about accepting their Medals and making plans to attend National Events in New York City from the 5th to the 7th of June, 2014.
About a week after the first announcement, the Alliance announced the results of the 2014 Novel Category. Gold Medal and Silver Medal Recipients in the 2014 Novel Writing Category are also invited to attend the National Events in New York City.
The 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Annual Benefit Gala will be Friday, June 6, 2014. Dr. Hugh R. Roome III, President of Scholastic International for Asia, Europe, Latin America and President for Consumer and Professional Media, is Benefit Chairman.
The National Awards Ceremony will be at Carnegie Hall on Friday, June 6, 2014. The National Student Exhibition will be from Thursday, June 5, 2014 to Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center of Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The latter will feature American Voices and Visions Medalists.
In 2013, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were ninety years old as Scholastic Corporation founder Maurice R. Robinson founded them in 1923. An interactive timeline of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards can be found online.
The Alliance stated, “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, called alumni by the Alliance, includes Frances Farmer (1931), Truman Capote (1936), Richard Avedon (1941), Andy Warhol (1945), Sylvia Plath (1947), Alan Arkin (1951), Robert Redford (1954), Peter S. Beagle (1955), Joyce Carol Oates (1956), John Lithgow (1963), and Stephen King (1965).
Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the U.S. to bring the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in twenty-eight categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
The Alliance states, “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.”
Just in the period between 2008 and 2013, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. [The Alliance received 230,000 original works for the 2013 program year alone.] During that period, more than sixty top arts institutes and colleges have partnered with the Alliance to make $40,000,000 in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.
Last year, N.P.R. correspondent Joseph Shapiro reported, “In just the past two years, there's been a 35 percent increase in the number of writing submissions to the Scholastic Awards, says Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which runs the program. ‘We see more writing and we see better writing,’ she says. ‘Writing wants to happen. Kids want to write. Kids want to express themselves through writing.’”
The Alliance’s Regional Affiliate Programs mount more than seventy art exhibitions in museums and galleries across the U.S.A. Regional exhibitions include Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Miami Art Museum in Miami, Florida; the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana; the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma, Kansas; the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts; and Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi; among many others.
The 2013 National ART.WRITE.NOW NYC Exhibition took place in New York City from June 1, 2013 to June 15, 2013 coinciding with the national celebration at Carnegie Hall on May 31, 2013. National Gold Medalist work was on display at Parsons. 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 (P.C.A.H.).
In addition, National Award-winning art and writing is displayed in cities across the U.S., as part of the ART.WRITE.NOW national touring exhibit. The tour has featured stops at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah (September-October, 2013); the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque (November-December, 2013); the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (February-March, 2014); and will be at the Laramie Public Library in Laramie, Wyoming from Saturday, April 12 2014 to Thursday, 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 across the U.S. Works have also appeared in Scholastic publications including The Best Young Writers & Artists in America (Push) anthologies, Scope magazine, Junior Scholastic magazine, Scholastic Art magazine, and New York Times Upfront magazine.
The sponsors include the Scholastic Corporation, 3D Systems, Amazon.com, Art Works, the Bernstein Family Foundation, Blick, Bloomberg, the Command Web Offset Company, Duck Tape®, The New York Times, The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (I.M.L.S.), and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 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 $8,000,000 in scholarships is set aside each year by tertiary school partners for recipients of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
High school seniors earning National Medals are eligible to receive scholarships through partnerships with colleges and universities. One can learn more about the Scholarship Partners online.