Alice Wang, a sophomore at Bellevue High School has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Wang remembers drawing as an infant and grew up surrounded by stacks of notebooks filled with her own scribbles.
To this day, Wang continues to immerse herself in the world of art. The 16-year-old recently entered a contest she found online, submitted three pieces from her portfolio, and waited for results.
Wang entered the international competition, Illustrators of the Future contest and to her surprise was chosen as a winner. She was recognized at the 35th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards in Hollywood on April 5.
Twelve (12) winning writers and 12 illustrators from around the globe joined Wang in Hollywood for a week of professional workshops and an awards event. Wang is currently the youngest winner in the contest’s history.
“I was very proud,” Wang said. “I just happen to be the youngest winner and I’m really happy about being able to inspire a younger generation of people. That’s the goal of the contest – to inspire future illustrators and writers. I was [also] very happy to be among talented people, and I appreciate the experience.”
Wang’s art will be published in the annual anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35, which has been a bestseller for the past four years in a row.
Wang said art is a way of packaging ideas and communicating ideas in a visual way to the world.
“I think it’s beautiful that art can encapsulate those ideas and be used to communicate to audiences,” she said.
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