April 20, 2012
Eighth grader, Julia Bouzaher has received a prestigious national Award for her exceptional artwork through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the 89-year-old national program that recognizes outstanding creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.
The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the annual Awards, will honor national winners during a special ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 1, 2012. Select Award winning art and writing will be exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan from June 1 through June 16, 2012. To kick off the week of celebrations, the Empire State Building will be lit gold in honor of the students’ achievements the night of May 31.
This year’s local Award recipient is:
8th grade student Julia Bouzaher, Silver medal for work title: MARC.
Julia's gold key work was accepted into the national show and then submitted for national adjudication by a panel of jurors comprised of artists, authors, educators, and other industry professionals. This year, more than 200,000 submissions were entered by students in grades 7-12. 1,600 received national recognition. The works of art and writing were evaluated on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice.
The 2012 Award winners join the ranks of some of our country’s most revered artists and writers who received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were high school, including New Yorker illustrator Edward Sorel, who will join them at Carnegie Hall this year, plus Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, John Lithgow, Joyce Carol Oates, John Baldessari, Philip Pearlstein, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana and Abdi Farah (first-season winner of the Bravo reality show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist).
Congratulations again to Julia Bouzaher on her outstanding work!