Junior Isaac Bacon is now officially a national Scholastic Arts Gold Medal winner. He was recognized on June 2nd at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony on Perelman Stage in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Bacon won for his photograph “The Egg,” a picture that was composed as a class assignment in Ms. Bastoni’s Digital Photography class exploring Rembrandt lighting options. In addition to Bacon’s Gold Medal, photo instructor Amanda Bastoni was recognized with a medal as his teacher.
Bacon’s national gold medal award means that a nationwide jury selected his picture as being in the top 1% of this year’s submissions to Scholastic Arts. Only the top 2,500 works in the country earn National Medals. Awards were given in Carnegie Hall to students from all fifty states, the Dominican Republic, and US students living abroad.
Each year, Scholastic Arts partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing.
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.