Eric Wu Receives Scholastic Art National Medal
Eric Wu Receives Scholastic Art National Medal

Baylor senior Eric Wu, has been awarded a Silver Medal for his art portfolio, Perceptions, one of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers each year.

The Art Portfolio category is for high school seniors only and requires a submission of eight pieces of art created in any medium. The artist may choose a mix of media but the submission must have a common theme. Wu chose eight of his 12 works created for his AP Art portfolio at Baylor to submit for the award.

Perceptions is a series of oil paintings (pictured above) depicting Wu's interpretations of 12 different settings - seaside, forest, New York, Cinque Terre, Chinese market, cafes, airports, Yuehe street, Southside, grocery store, art studio, and home.

"For places that I do not feel associated with, such as seaside and forest, my knowledge of them comes mostly from outside resources, and their elements appear static and contained in a cubicle," Wu writes in the school's art and literary journal, Periaktoi, where the portfolio is published. "As I feel more emotions towards certain settings, I see more dynamic forces and their imagery breaks down the objective cubicle. Later paintings in this series concentrate more on abstract feelings rather than distinct characteristics. The series represents how I perceive my world: some impressions are vivid in a static way, while others are vivid in an emotional, personal way."

Wu, a four-year boarding student from Jiaxing, China, has been accepted at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Also awarded was Baylor sophomore Gracen Ford, who earned a Gold Key for her Poetry category entry, Turquoise, and a Silver Key for Wonder Woman in the Personal Essay and Memoir category. Her Gold Key work automatically advanced to national judging where it was reviewed by nationally renowned creative professionals from across the country.

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 350,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing.


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