Ken and Carol Mendelson have initiated this award in memory of their son, Steve, who was a very accomplished artist. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Art and Design and soon became an illustrator for the Washington Post. He illustrated several books for Art Buchwald. His aspiring drawings of "The Song Of Amergin" were shaped by the artist's battle with the AIDS virus, which eventually took his life in 1995.
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