NEW YORK, N.Y., June 1, 2015 — Four young
artists from Sarasota County public schools will travel to New York City to be honored among other students from throughout the
U.S. as National Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners.
A week of celebratory events begins Friday, June 5, hosted by the
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The award-winning student work will
be featured in the 2015 National Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design
Center at The New School’s Parsons School of Design and at Pratt Institute’s
Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The displays will showcase more than 1,000 visual and
literary creations. The awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, June
11, at Carnegie Hall.
The winners from
Sarasota County are all visual artists: From Pine View School, 2014-15
junior Mallori Johnson won a Gold Medal after
earning a regional Gold Key Award. Of the more than 300,000 submissions to the
national competition, less than 1 percent are national medal winners. Johnson
explained the inspiration behind her award-winning photo, “Drifting”:
“This past summer I had the opportunity to travel
with Mote Marine Laboratory’s Eugenie Clark on a research expedition to the
Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. While there, I island-hopped aboard a boat.
The locals often paddled out to our boat to sell us fresh produce. This was my
inspiration for taking the photo ‘Drifting,’ which highlights the simple way of
life of the Solomon Islanders.”
As it turned
out, this was Clark’s last expedition. The world-renowned oceanographer died in
February 2015 at the age of 92.
Albiez of Sarasota High received a Gold Key at the national level for her
illustration entitled “Impressions of Bosch,” inspired by the work of 15th-century
Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch. Her art teacher, Debra Markley, said she is
the first student from Sarasota High to receive this top honor.
is one of the most creative illustrators I have ever had the privilege to teach,”
Oye, a 2014-15 junior at Riverview High, will receive an American Visions Award
for her work, “The Queen of Mice.”
came from my desire to study anatomy of human form. I wanted to use blues and
browns to help people recognize the emotion that can be evoked through
lighting. The mice I added represent the ‘hate’ people feel on a daily basis.
The woman I’ve depicted is the queen of everything that is dirty, but she
stands up for it and makes it beautiful.”
Elena Bodor, a
2014-15 eighth-grade student at Pine View, will receive a Silver Medal for her
sculpture, “Robotics Guy.”
thought bugs were cool, especially the predatory ones such as dragonflies,
assassin bugs, spiders, wasps and praying mantises,” said Bodor about why she
created the sculpture. “I also love sci-fi and fantasy books, movies, and TV
shows. I am inspired by monsters and mythical creatures.”
imagined that one of my sculptures would win a national award,” said Bodor. “I'm
going to Carnegie Hall, all because of 5½ inches of scrap metal. This is
the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have
recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and
provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year,
increasing numbers of teens participate in the program: young artists and
writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, along with
countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.
Students across America submitted 255,000 original works
during the 2014 program year.
are presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic
and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Students receive opportunities for
recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarship.
Since its founding the awards have helped identify the
early promise of the nation’s accomplished and prolific creative
leaders. Alumni include artists Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Robert
Indiana and John Baldessari; writers Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud and Joyce
Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon (who won for poetry); actors Frances
Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin and John Lithgow; and filmmakers Stan
Brakhage, Ken Burns and Richard Linklater. Outside the arts, awards alumni
employ their creativity to become successful in any number of ways — leaders in
fields including journalism, medicine, finance, government and public service,
law, science, design and more.