This exhibition features more than 600 works of art and writing by New York City teens who received the highest regional recognition in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards—the Gold Key Award. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States. The Met is again honored to host this yearly exhibition and celebrate the creativity of these young artists.
This year almost 4,000 students in grades 7 through 12 submitted nearly 11,000 works to the New York City Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, encompassing more than 300 schools in all five boroughs. In addition, about 300 literary and visual arts professionals served as judges, selecting works based on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers' mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their visionary work to the world through recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards bring the work of young people to regional and national audiences. Former recipients include artists Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Kay WalkingStick, and John Baldessari—all represented in The Met collection—and writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Maya Goldberg, and Joyce Carol Oates.
Learn more about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and connect on Twitter @artandwriting #goldkey. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written works that have been recognized with the Gold Key Award are available to read on iPads in the exhibition gallery or in bound notebooks in Nolen Library.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partners with The New School's Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts to present the New York City Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, with additional program support provided by Pratt Institute. The Alliance thanks Scholastic Inc., The New York Times, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council for their generous support of this exhibition.
Amadi Rubie, Grade 11, Age 16. Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, Oakland Gardens, New York. Ghost Realm. Gold Key, Painting. Educator: Minwouk Rhee