Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Art & Writing Awards

AT–A–GLANCE
What is it?

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. The program has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent and is today's largest source of scholarships for creative teens.

Who's it for?

Creative teenagers in grades 7–12, ages 13 and up  residing in the United States, U.S. territories and military bases, or Canada. 

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Allyson Barkan
abarkan@scholastic.com
(212) 389-3469

Art & Writing In The News

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Exclusively reveals that celebrities Jennifer Garner, Chris Colfer and Lena Dunham will headline the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Virtual Ceremony.

HYPERALLERGIC A feature of National Gold Medal Portfolio recipient Brianna Blue of Brooklyn, NY, as well as the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

WBOI (NPR) An interview with Gold Medal Portfolio Award recipient Alyvia Luong of Fort Wayne, IN, who talks about her award-winning photography portfolio.

THE NEW YORKER An inside look at the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national adjudication process with 12th grade photography judges Andres Serrano, Casey Kelbaugh and Julie Saul.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Gold Medalist Steven Paul, 17, of Brooklyn, NY discusses his photograph "Lost Time," which was painted by Colossal Media on onto the side of a building in Williamsburg.

NBC NEWS Gold Medalist Steven Paul from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY featured on “Nightly News” to talk about his Award-winning photograph.


"We can say for certain then that a program like [The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards] doesn’t just honor artists. It creates them. It nurtures them. It gives them permission to shine brighter, to think differently, to be bolder."

— Jennifer Garner


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Background

What are the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

  • The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 28 categories, including drawing and illustration, photography, flash fiction, poetry, film and animation, journalism, and more.
  • 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 Amanda Gorman, Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol.
  • An Award signifies to parents, teachers, the community and colleges that a student is an accomplished artist or writer.
  • The Awards offer opportunities for creative teens to earn recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.
  • In the 2022 program year, 22 high school seniors received the Gold Medal Portfolio, which includes a $10,000 scholarship.
  • Each work of art and writing is blindly adjudicated, first locally through the more than 100 affiliates of the Alliance, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators and industry experts.
  • Works are judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
  • To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and to read the full rules, visit: https://www.artandwriting.org/awards/how-to-enter/

What is The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers?

  • The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is the national nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and provides additional opportunities for creative teens to be recognized for their talents and to earn scholarships for their education.
  • The Alliance’s mission is to identify teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bring their remarkable work to a national audience.
  • The Alliance also serves as a source of information for organizations and individuals who wish to support the creative development of our nation’s teenagers.

The 2022 Gold Medal Portfolio Recipients

Gold Portfolios, Art:

  • Lily Arnold, Franklin, TN
  • Gina Bae, Palo Alto, CA
  • Mac Barnes, Durham, NC
  • Hayden Brashear, Denver, CO
  • Lorie Chen, Troy, MI
  • Dessa Ely, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Ava Hudson, Portland, OR
  • Shaeley Lincoln, Townson, MD
  • Tess Nelson, Eden Prairie, MN
  • Andrew Palmer, Richmond, VA
  • Franchesca Vilmney, Boston, MA

Gold Portfolios, Writing:

  • Amina Adeyola, Chesterfield, VA
  • Samantha Aikman, Jericho, VT
  • Serene Almehmi, Vestavia, AL
  • Ashley Binstock, Wahoo, NE
  • Claudia Comini, APO, AE
  • Mukta Dharmapurikar, Durham, NC
  • William Meng, Novi, MI
  • Destiny Ouellette, Vernon Rockville, CT
  • Deja Robinson, New Orleans, LA
  • Trini Rogando, Alexandria, VA 

Exhibitions

The Scholastic Awards exhibitions program offers creative teens opportunities for their work to be displayed in museums, galleries, libraries, and in other prominent venues. The annual National Exhibition showcases art and writing from the current year’s Gold and Silver Medalists. This exhibition brings the best of teen creativity into galleries in New York City as well as into people’s homes across the nation through the virtual component of the exhibition, making the work accessible to thousands of viewers and readers. 

The Scholastic Awards Traveling Exhibition comprises a curated selection of works that travels the country to bring the best of the Awards to all corners of the U.S. The Traveling Exhibition features works by students in host cities and includes engaging programming such as workshops, film screenings, student readings, and school group visits. The Scholastic Awards DC Exhibition at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., features a curated selection of works that are prominently displayed in our nation’s capital.

 

National Student Poets Program

What is the National Student Poets Program?

  • The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. It is a collaboration of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Program builds upon the Alliance's longstanding work with educators and creative teens through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
  • Representing five geographical regions of the nation, the 2020 National Student Poets are:
    • Annika Eragam (Southeast), Milton, GA
    • Kechi Mbah (Southwest), Houston, TX
    • Sarah Fathima Mohammed (West), San Jose, CA
    • R.C. Davis (Midwest), Oak Park, IL
    • Kevin Gu (Northeast), Hopkinton, MA
  • Video: What is the National Student Poets Program?
  • Information on the Program, students and upcoming events can be found at www.artandwriting.org/programs/national-student-poets-program/
 

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The 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Virtual Ceremony


The 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Virtual Ceremony

 

The 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Virtual Ceremony

 

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The Best Teen Art of 2021 

 

The Best Teen Writing of 2021 

 

The 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall


Television host, rapper, actor, and comedian Nick Cannon addresses students and their families and educators at the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Photo by Stuart Ramson /AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

CEO of Scholastic, Peter Warwick poses with the National Student Poets, from left to right, Sarah Fathima Mohammed of Ca., Kechi Mbah of Tx., Kevin Gu of Ma. and Annika Eragram of Ga., backstage at the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 
Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Christopher Wisniewski, left, CEO of Scholastic, Peter Warwick, center, and Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Hugh Roome, far right, stand alongside Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers) 

National Student Medalists are recognized at the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., Thursday, June 9, 2022. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

Gold Medal Portfolio recipients are recognized on stage at the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

 

 

 
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Television host, rapper, actor, and comedian Nick Cannon addresses students and their families and educators at the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Photo by Stuart Ramson /AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

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