Child looking at art

Pratt Manhattan Gallery recently featured an exhibition of work by students in grades seven through 12 who won national awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing program. The exhibition, titled Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition, was on view from June 1-10 and included approximately 135 works of art, along with selections of award-winning writing from students from across the nation. Scholastic is celebrating its 95th Anniversary in 2018, and since 1923 the Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of the nation’s youth, and has provided a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents.

Along with the exhibition, a day of celebration was held at Pratt Manhattan on June 8. The day’s events included writing portfolio talks by Gold Medal winning students in the Writing Portfolio category; a National Students Poets panel discussion featuring student ambassadors representing five different regions of the United States; art portfolio talks by Gold Medal winning students in the Art Portfolio category; and open-mic readings in which student award winners shared their work.

Student reading work

Administered by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country’s longest-running scholarship and recognition program for students in grades seven through 12. Scholastic receives over 300,000 entries from high school students in the Awards’ 29 categories, which include poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, video game design, and more. Students representing all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and American schools abroad received national recognition.

Image: Work on display at the Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition