We received an exciting e-mail from Scholastic Art Awards Alum, Antonio Pulgrain earlier this week: PDN (Photo District News), an online photography publication for professionals, has chosen to publish a photo series he did on his native Bogota, Colombia!
Take a look at the rest of his stunning photo collection, Calle 4 Sur: The Faces of Colombia by clicking the collection title. Amigas in Black, above, is from the collection. Congrats, Antonio!
Antonio was a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Gold Medal Portfolio Winner in 2007 from our very own Brooklyn, NY. He went through the same process you are all going through right now – submitting his work to the NYC Regional Scholastic Awards, and moving up from there to the National Awards, but, trust me, it’s a lot easier now to submit!
The photos below are from his award winning Photography Portfolio. It’s amazing to see his Scholastic Awards work from seven years ago in comparison to his current work. His knack for capturing raw portraits still runs strong. For more examples of his current work, I encourage you to take a look at his website: www.antoniopulgarin.com. One of his collections is called “Welcome to Wycoff Gardens,” and examines the residents of Wycoff Gardens in Boerum Hill which used to be Pulgarin’s home as well.
“What some of you may not know (mostly because I have always been very shy about sharing this) is that in 2007 a portfolio of photographs that I created in my senior year of High School was awarded the highest honor; the Gold Portfolio Award. This award truly changed my life as it provided me the confidence and the financial support to attend the School of Visual Arts in 2009.
At the time I was a 17 year old boy, who had grown up in the projects in Brooklyn, never thinking that my story or my voice mattered. To go from that to having my work showcased in the Brooklyn Museum (as part of the award) blew my mind.
I sit here writing this to you all as a much wiser and humbled 25 year old Man. What is truly humbling about this all is the idea that my name is now part of a legacy that includes past distinguished Alumni such as John Baldessari, Truman Capote & Andy Warhol, Artists and Writers that I grew up studying…till this day It still blows my mind!
To end a long post THANK YOU to Scholastic and the entire staff for believing in me and my work, any blessings that have come into my life in recent years all began with you all. Thank you! ”
-Antonio Pulgarin, 10/8/14
You also have a chance see Antonio’s work in person this week at his collaborative exhibition, “The Collective Other,” at SVA. The exhibition is on view until this Friday, October 10th.
It is always inspiring to hear from alumni, and learn about where their life and art has taken them since the Awards. If you are an alum – reach out!