ROCK HILL, S.C., June 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that in partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the prestigious, national non-profit organization that presents The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, has recognized the first winners of its "Future New" category developed to challenge students to create bold and innovative art expressed through new mediums like 3D printing. The company is proud to announce that Amy Chen, Brianna Leatherbury, Ana Montesdeoca, Martin Schneider, Charlotte Hintz, Elbert Han, Andrew Van Buren, Gabrielle Ochoa and Madalin Beavers have each been recognized for this prestigious award for 2013. Students across America submitted entries for the "Future New" challenge as they harnessed the latest 3D design tools like Cubify® Invent to unleash their creativity and bring their boundary breaking, conceptually and socially driven works to life. 2013 marks the 90 th anniversary of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, the nation's longest-running educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. The program has recognized countless young artists and writers including this year's Alumni Achievement recipient, Zac Posen, whose trophy was 3D printed by 3D Systems. "We are thrilled to partner with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to recognize our best and brightest art and literature students," said 3D Systems CEO, Avi Reichental. "We remain committed to inspire youth to create the 'Future New,' and look forward to seeing how America's young talent rises to this challenge, as we ignite in students the passion to master tomorrow's competitive skills today." Entries were judged on originality, technical skill and the emergence of personal voice. 3D Systems has awarded the top three entries in the "Future New" category with a $1,000 scholarship prize. About 3D Systems 3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also provides CAD, reverse engineering and inspection software tools and consumer 3D printers, apps and services. Its expertly integrated solutions replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future.
More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com.About The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, identifies teenagers with exceptional creative talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, the Awards is the longest-running, most prestigious program of its kind, having fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibitions and publications. Over the past five years alone, students have submitted nearly 700,000 pieces of work and over $25 million has been made available in scholarships and awards to top winning participants. The Alliance partners with 116 regional affiliates across the country to bring the program to local communities, and works with a network of more than 60 colleges and universities to increase the range of scholarship and award opportunities. The Alliance is grateful for its sponsors, who generously provide funds to support and produce the Awards: Scholastic Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset, the New York Times, the AMD Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blick Art Materials, Ovation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York Life Foundation, 3D Systems, Bloomberg, Amazon.com, the Bernstein Family Foundation, ShurTech Duck Tape®, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and contributions from its Board and individual donors. More information about the Alliance and its programs can be found at www.artandwriting.org.
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