Brighton Art Guild Scholarships presented to talented young artists
Scholarships awarded annually to art students locally and statewide
The Brighton Art Guild is proud to support students of the visual arts by awarding three scholarships for the 2017-18 school year.
-- The $1,000 Norma Gray College Scholarship for the Visual Arts scholarship is sponsored by the generosity of the Longfield Family Foundation and awarded annually. This prestigious scholarship award honors Norma Gray, a highly accomplished award-winning professional artist and a founding member of the Brighton Art Guild, who is Board Member emeritus. The 2016-17 scholarship was awarded to Kayla Wenzel.
---$500 Scholarship for the Visual Arts is presented to a Livingston County High School Senior who demonstrates superior and consistent skill in their medium(s). The 2016-17 scholarship was awarded to Samuel Jordan Belanger.
---$600 Janet Shoemaker Memorial Scholarship is a one-time scholarship being awarded for the 2017-18 school year to a student pursuing the visual arts. This Guild's scholarship is designed to honor the memory of Janet who was one of the very first Guild members and a lifelong supporter of the Guild through her many generous deeds, contributions and advocacy. Janet's legacy includes her unique work as an award-winning professional artist and her profound passion for sharing her knowledge and art form. This scholarship is sponsored, in part, by John Wallbank in memory of his late wife Janet.
In 2016 the Guild honored the memory of member artist Annmarie Stanesa and that scholarship was awarded to Ackeem Salmon.
Kayla Wenzel posed with one of her beautifully detailed drawings, top. Her award was presented by Norma Gray's daughter, Susan, of the Longfield Family.
Congratulations to the winners, sponsors and all those who helped with the selection process.
Ackeem Salmon, top, answered questions about his mixed media photographs at our June meet-up. His award was presented by Joel Stanesa
Samuel Jordan Belanger mugs for the camera with his self portrait, above.
His award was presented by Beverly Koivunen, Guild President, below.
ABOUT OUR SELECTION PROCESS
The Scholarship Committee members represent 2D and 3D artists and expertise in most every medium. Given that, they all tap into their own fundamental inherent bank of knowledge as artists. As we all know, the most experienced artists and jurors can have a different opinion than you do about a particular work of art. So on the basis that all art is not created equal, we get to the nitty-gritty and focus on these five characteristics of art:
- Beauty in Art
- Skill and Technique
- Inherent Meaning
- Fulfilled Intent
- All applicants must be attending a Michigan college or university in the fall.
- All applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 25.
- All college undergraduate & graduate students meeting the above criteria and are full-time residents of the State of Michigan are eligible to apply for the Norma Gray Scholarship.