It is with great pleasure that the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Whitaker Foundation announces the winners for its’ Art Scholarship for students studying Art or Museum studies. The Art Scholarship Program was established to help art students meet the diverse educational needs of today’s professional art and museum world and we hope that the Scholarship Award will aid these talented students along their artistic/professional journey. We wish them both the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Having said he was born with a brush in his hand, Kit Palencar resides in Medina, Ohio and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The University of Akron with a focus in painting and drawing. Following after his father’s footsteps, Palencar explores thoughtful investigation of not only the figure and the portrait as a timeless subject, but the frail winter landscape. In his early career, the photorealistic paintings by Andrew Wyeth served as great inspiration but as time went on, he adopted a looser style in hopes of breaking away from perfection that is seen in every day life. The gritty and ethereal qualities of his paintings mean tilted heads pondering its meaning will be abundant. Having work displayed currently at Sparrow Art Gallery in Lodi, Ohio, he has won an honorable mention at the 77th Annual Student Juried Exhibition at the Myers School of Art and has also won the top underclass scholarship at the same institution. Palencar is expected to graduate in in 2015 and is planning on pursuing a masters degree at The New York Academy of Art.
Kimberlee is currently a student studying Fine Art at the University of Akron. She is getting her undergraduate degree in Printmaking but has a love for watercolors and often incorporates them into her prints and creates paintings with watercolors at home. It is a media that she has always had an affinity towards. Ever since she was a little girl she would draw and paint and fill up sketchbooks like crazy. When she was a teen she would draw for hours and fill up whole bins with paper. Now she can’t go anywhere without some sort of sketchbook and pen or pencil to capture her thoughts or to describe something that catches her eye.
Kelly Hartleib, the first recipient of the Bachelor of Museum Studies/Art History Whitaker Foundation Scholarship, is a senior at the University of Akron. She is an art history major, although she will probably get her Masters in Art Therapy. Last Fall, Kelly completed her senior thesis, which explored of the life and career of Victorine Meurent, a frequent collaborator French painter of Édouard Manet. She is incredibly thankful for the Whitaker Foundation Scholarship, which will help her in her last semester as an undergraduate.