The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (the Alliance) announced the national 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients.
The Awards recognizes creative teens in grades 7-12. It is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program.
A record-breaking 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level.
The Awards’ 29 categories include poetry, photography and sculpture. Other categories include editorial cartoons, video game design and more.
This year, 16 high school seniors received the Gold Medal Portfolio. This is the program’s highest national honor that includes a $10,000 scholarship. Each year, the Alliance awards more than $250,000 in scholarships to top Awards recipients and their educators.
The Alliance also partners with art institutes, colleges and universities. They earmark scholarships for college-bound Scholastic Awards recipients.
Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath and Robert Redford. More recently, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens. This year, the renowned filmmaker and documentarian Ken Burns will receive the Alumni Achievement Award.
Carver High School
Student: Cynthia Coronado
Teacher: Laura Luna
Plummer Middle School
Student: Lionel Green
Teacher: Tiffany Moroney
Panels of creative professionals identified the2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients.
The program has three judging criteria for all art and writing submissions. The judges look for originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision or voice.
Student works are first adjudicated regionally. The more than 100 local Affiliates of the Alliance celebrated regional Award recipients. Individuals got to see Regional recipients’ work at local exhibitions and ceremonies.
Virginia McEnerney lauds the students’ work. She is executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. It is the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
“We hear from Alumni of the program every single day. They say that receiving a Scholastic Award is life-changing. It is a thrill to give that opportunity to talented students from across the country.”
The Alliance will honor National Gold Medalists, American Visions and Voices Medalists, Silver Medal with Distinction and sponsored Awards recipients at the National Ceremony. These recipients will head to New York City in June. Silver Medalists will receive their medals and certificates by mail.
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