Press Release The Andy Warhol Museum Announces Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition Opening in February 2014
For immediate release
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Art.Write.Now.Tour 2013 –14
February 5, 2014 – March 2, 2014
The Andy Warhol Museum announces the arrival of Art.Write.Now.Tour 2013-14, a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing original work created by teen winners of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The exhibition includes more than 130 pieces of art and literary works from students around the country. These emerging artists’ and writers’ works were judged by panels of professionals in the visual and literary arts community.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has a legacy dating back to 1923, when Pittsburgh-native and Scholastic Inc. founder, M.R. Robinson, announced its creation in his original publication, The Western Pennsylvania Scholastic. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol himself, along with Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Zac Posen, and many more.
Warhol received a Scholastic Art Award in 1945 for a painting he created at 17 years old, while attending Schenley High School in Pittsburgh.
Tresa Varner, curator of education and interpretation at The Warhol states, “We are excited about having this exhibition in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has the most creative teens and every year The Warhol staff members are amazed at the quality of work they generate. We hope they come to The Warhol and see the range of artwork produced by the best teen artists in the country. I believe we will be seeing more Scholastic Award winners from Pittsburgh in the years to come.”
Each year, the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring the awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 interested in submitting their work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards can do so by visiting www.artandwriting.org while the annual call for submissions is still open. Deadlines vary by region and students can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
After the exhibition’s stop in Pittsburgh, the tour will continue to travel to Laramie, WY. Previous venues of the 2013-14 tour include the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. Scholastic hosted its first National High School Art Exhibition in May 11 – June 1, 1928 at the Fine Arts Galleries of the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh. The exhibition took place in four of the Carnegie Institute’s galleries and continued there annually over the next 30 years.
Art.Write.Now.Tour 2013-14 is funded by the generous support of Scholastic Inc., The National Endowment for the Arts and Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies.
Related Public Programming:
Art.Write.Now.Tour Opening Reception
Friday, February 7, 2014
6 – 8 p.m.
Please join The Warhol and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for a reception to celebrate the arrival of Art.Write.Now.Tour exhibition, a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing original work created by teen award winners of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The exhibition includes 130 art and literary works from students around the country. These emerging artists’ and writers’ works were judged by a panel of professionals in the visual and literary arts community. Complimentary beer, wine, and light bites.
Tickets FREE and open to the public; visit www.warhol.org or call 412-237-8300
The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.