Archive for September, 2015

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The time is NOW! The 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for entries!
You can start your submission process in three easy steps:
  1. Get the Info! Learn how to enter and find your local program for your region’s guidelines and deadlinesOur Regional Requirements and Deadlines.
  2. Create an Account! Once your masterpiece is complete, create your Scholastic Awards account and upload your work. Your account will be your creativity command center!
  3. Stamp It and Send It! Sign your submission forms and then mail them off with your submission fee to your local program.
  4. Categories including Photography - Category Description
    Images captured by either an analog or digital camera.

    Examples (including but not limited to)
    Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, etc.

  5. Digital Art – Category Description
    Computer-generated artwork OR artwork captured digitally and heavily collaged or manipulated to produce a new image.
    The production of digital art relies heavily upon computer software such as Adobe Photoshop. Works that are digitally collaged, cloned, layered, merged, distorted, or heavily manipulated with computer software must be submitted in the Digital Art category.

The Future New Creative Challenge asks students to produce work that challenges the boundaries of the Scholastic Awards’ current categories.

Future New means on the cutting edge of creative practice. Work submitted to this category should address the issues and concerns of our time through conceptual, social, or political content. Work can be executed as—but is not limited to—installation art, performance art*, interactive text, sound art, re-purposed materials, or new and applied technologies. Along with the work, the student must submit a written statement that describes in detail the processes used to create the work and/or relevant content that situates the work as innovative. A Future New work must be both thought-provoking and reflect creative excellence.

Send Future New Submission Forms to:

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
ATTN: Future New
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

National Portrait Gallery Teen Portrait Competition

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery opens a “call for entries” for the third annual Teen Portrait Competition. Artists between the ages of 13 and 17 may electronically submit portraits to the juried competition in the medium of painting and drawing, photography, and video through Wednesday, September 30 2015. The grand-prize portrait will be printed and displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016.

The theme for entries is interact and interaction.

Interactverb: in·ter·act \in – ter -’akt\: to talk or do things with other people: to act together: to come together and have an effect on each other.

Interactionnoun: in·ter·ac·tion \in – ter -’ak – shen\: mutual or reciprocal action or influence.
Portraiture implies an interaction between the sitter (person in the portrait) and the spectator (person viewing the portrait). Portraiture can also imply an interaction with the setting, with only you or with others, or about an experience. “We are looking for portraits that share the theme of interaction and we want the competition to be available to all teens nationwide,” said Blair Kirkbaumer, Teen Programs Coordinator for the National Portrait Gallery.

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Monkey Selfie Lawsuit

selfie_1.jpg.crop.promovarmediumlarge.jpg.crop.promovarmediumlarge.jpg.crop.promovarmediumlargeThis week, PETA filed a copyright infringement suit against David Slater, the wildlife photographer you may recall from last year’s ever-amusing monkey-selfie controversy. In 2011, during an expedition in Indonesia, a black crested macaque grabbed Slater’s camera and began gleefully snapping pictures of itself. One of its shots, posted above this story, miraculously turned out to be a perfectly focused, adorably stoned-looking selfie that was republished around the world. But Slater’s luck ran dry when Wikipedia editors posted the portrait, claiming it belonged in the public domain. Their reasoning was simple: In the United States, the copyright for a photo typically defaults to whoever hits the shutter. Since, in this case, a monkey did the pressing, and apes can’t claim copyrights, the image had no owner.

The activist group is suing Slater and the self-publishing platform he used to produce his book, Blurb, for damages on behalf of the macaque that snapped the selfie—its name is apparently Naruto—claiming that the monkey is the rightful owner of the copyright. How come? According to PETA’s lawyers, U.S. copyright law never explicitly states that an “author” must be human. “While the claim of authorship by species other than homo sapiens may be novel, ‘authorship’ under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq., is sufficiently broad so as to permit the protections of the law to extend to any original work, including those created by Naruto.” Should PETA win, it says proceeds from the suit as well as future profits from the photo would be used to care for Naruto, his primate community, and the reserve where they live.

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