Alliance for Young Artists and Writers


Currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education is a special exhibition featuring more than 600 original works of art and writing from NYC-based Gold Key recipients in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Previous Scholastic Art Award recipients  include such noted artists as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Kay Walking Stick and Luis Jiménez. Pictured above is Reflection by 16-year old Hunter College High School student Yeji Cho. Here are several more Gold Key-awarded artworks that reflect a contemporary urban sensibility:

Iris Khim, The Wall, age 14, Fiorella H LaGuardia High School

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Yerke Abouva, Life of Food, age 15, Professional Children’s School


Anastasia Uraleva, Winter Night, age 17, Edward R Murrow High School


Shelly Chung, I’m Going Bananas for Grandpa, age 17, Francis Lewis High School


YuQing Gu, Self-Portrait with Skull, age 18, the Windsor School


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. You can view the talents of the NYC-based Gold Key recipients at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 29 during regular museum hours.

Photos of images: 1, 3, 4 & 5 Tara Murray; 2 & 6 Lois Stavsky

Note: Hailed in a range of media from Wide Walls to the Huffington Post to the New York Times, our Street Art NYC App is now available for Android devices here.

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Since 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have identified, celebrated and fostered the talents and visions of our nation’s teens in grades 7-12. Works by this year’s winners remain on exhibit through this week at the Parsons School of Design at The New School and at Pratt Institute’s Manhattan Gallery. Pictured above is Subway Story, a cardboard sculpture, fashioned by 16-year old Shaun Rogers. Here are several more artworks reflecting not only extraordinary talent, but a strong social consciousness, as well.

Vanessa Anthony, Collateral Damage, age 16


Sophia Cai, Faces of Baltimore, age 16

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Alexis Peabody, Black Lives Matter, age 18


Eli Lederberg, The Presidentials, age 17


Ryan Sundada WongInsatiable Appetite, age 15


Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Art.Write.Now.2016 remains on view through this week. Parsons School of Design at The New School is located at 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street in the Village, and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery is just up the block at 144 West 14th Street.

Photo credits:  1, 2, 5 & 6 Tara Murray; 4 Lois Stavsky