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The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 90th annual call for submissions is open, inviting innovative teens to follow in the footsteps of distinguished alumni such as Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates & Ken Burns, who won when they were teens.

As you may recall, we interviewed last spring’s winner Esther Boller (aka: Melonhead ) about her experience, and of course her beautiful masking tape dress that is now on display at the Scholastic’s New York City corporate headquarters.

The 90th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is now open and calling all creative teens, grades 7-12, to “be bold” and submit their work for the opportunity to gain recognition and scholarships. The Awards program is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts, and has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent.

Salusita dress by Alejandrina Sanchez, Grade 11, Age 17, East Central High School, San Antonio, Texas. Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Salusita dress by Alejandrina Sanchez, Grade 11, Age 17, East Central High School, San Antonio, Texas. Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

This dress is entirely made from corn husks, and designed by a 2012 National Gold Medal winner. The dress was featured at the ART. WRITE. NOW national exhibition in New York City this past June, and is now on display at the Scholastic’s headquarters.

Students can submit their work for blind adjudication in any of 28 categories, including film and animation, video game design, poetry, painting, sculpture, fashion design, journalism, photography and science fiction. A Creative Challenge called “Future New,” new to the 2013 Awards in honor of its 90th anniversary, will encourage boundary-breaking, conceptual or socially-driven works that incorporate new technologies to make innovative art. All pieces are evaluated on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice, first regionally through the Alliance’s 115 affiliates, and then nationally by a panel of renowned industry experts.

Cardboard’s Edge, Rodrigo Castro, 2012 Silver Medal, Everett MA, Everett High School, 12th Grade, 17 Years

This lovely submission is made from cardboard!

Each year, fifteen graduating high school seniors are awarded a $10,000 cash scholarship as part of the Portfolio Gold Medal Award. Partnerships with more than 60 colleges and universities make nearly $5 million in scholarships available to winning high school seniors, with additional cash awards offered to students in all grades, as well as teachers.

Pour Some Sugar on Me, Jordan Murphy, 2012 Silver Medal, Marion High School, Marion IL, 12 Grade, 17 Years

Pour Some Sugar on Me, Jordan Murphy, 2012 Silver Medal, Marion High School, Marion IL, 12 Grade, 17 Years

Jordan Murphy constructed a dress made from cupcake liners, truly amazing work.

For more information about the Alliance and applying, visit Art and Writing . Teens can submit their work NOW through December 2012.

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    Oct 15, 2012, 09.47 AMby shilisha

    WOW!Amazing inspirations! Love last one is quite awesome!

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