When I was in high school, my art teachers helped me submit my artwork to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. That year, I won several Gold Key Awards and my work was sent to New York for the national competition. The achievement in the Scholastic Art Awards is one of the morsels that encouraged me to eventually pursue a career as an artist.
This year, in addition to the student winners exhibition, "a special ancillary gallery will showcase works by prominent past winners." I have been invited to show a new work in this exhibition which pays tribute to the impressive history of the Awards, from 1923 until now. The work will be installed in a storefront gallery space on the ground floor of 1 World Financial Center. The storefront space will exhibit works by illustrious past winners and include actual artifacts such as books, artworks, portraits and catalogues.
"Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Philip Pearlstein, David Salle, Robert Indiana, Tom Otterness and Zac Posen, all won Scholastic Art Awards when they were in high school.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to both identifying teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bringing their remarkable work to a national audience."
The work will be on exhibit June 9-25, 2010 at the World Financial Center, New York, NY.