Reagan Wigboldy – Fall 2017 Honorable Mention

Meet Reagan Wigboldy, a a junior at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois who is majoring in Art. We would like to congratulate Ms. Wigboldy on being selected as one of the three recipients of our Fall 2017 Honorable Mention Commendations for a Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation Scholarship. You can read Reagan Wigboldy’s artist statement below:

There is an intricate web that reaches its tangled arms across the world, formed and thickened each time a soul opens up to another. Our longing for relationship characterizes humanity. The art I create, regardless of media, is an exploration of the pain, trust, and love that comes alongside these connections. As expression surges through my fingers, I watch the joy of a new friendship scrawled onto a page, the pain of those lost twisted into rusted wire, and the confusing longing for God carved into the pages of a book.

I was pulled in countless directions when working to narrow down a major, but a single passion glistened through each of my interests: story. I am drawn to character development, whether it be developing backstory through writing, expressing relationships through drawing, or creating life through special effects makeup. Animation and 3D modeling enable me to pour into the depth and detail of a character, thus enhancing the quality and intricacy of a plot. I love taking a character’s story and creating an illustration, specifically drawn from who they are and who they’re becoming. I will not come up short. As I continue to learn, I constantly remind myself: why squander an art education on simply following rubrics when the assignments can be used as an opportunity to express one’s soul and create something never done before?

The allure to story naturally kindles my affection toward adventure games; however, I have a love for strategy as well. I thrive in the field of mathematics and enjoy solving calculus problems for their puzzle-like aspects. Though I want to focus on art, the left side of my brain needs to be constantly challenged as well, for me to complete my best work. This strengthens my adaption of and endurance with coding. Finally, working in the field will allow me to make a difference in the fight against hyper-sexualization of females rampant in the game industry. It allows me to grasp purpose in aiding the equality and diversity of video game character representation.

I am a decahedron surrounded by cubes. This used to be my strong opener: an attention grabber that lead into my thesis and pulled together my final point at the end. I would talk about my journey from a timid, lonely middle-schooler to beginning to really discover myself and my inability to fit into a box in high school. Though the friends I found in high school inspired me to grow as a person, they weren’t responsible for my change, something extremely important that I initially missed. Life shifted and friends changed; I was left without direction, or even definition. Gradually, I realized that growing isn’t finding the group that I strive to be like, but discovering the bonds that I can make through each relationship that I form and the pieces of my life that they highlight. As I make more and more connections from each point in my life, I’m not adding more sides to myself, but finding myself in a tangled journey through dimension. I am not a cube, but neither am I a decahedron. The growing mess that is my life has passed by polygons and polyhedrons, and endlessly grows in complexity and beauty.

Checking it Out, 2016 ©Reagan Wigboldy

Genesis, 2017 ©Reagan Wigboldy

  

Holly Mazzio – Spring 2017 Honorable Mention

Meet Holly Mazzio, a Senior at Kutztown University, who is majoring in Studio Art/Painting. We would like to congratulate Ms. Mazzio on being selected as one of the two recipients of our Spring 2017 Honorable Mention Commendations for a Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation Scholarship:

“If there is one thing I don’t need to be told twice, it’s that pursuing a career in the arts isn’t an easy road. My path to get where I am currently in my artistic career has been anything but enjoyable, although I have learned some of my most defining qualities as a person and an artist during this time.  I have been able to learn how to turn difficult or challenging ordeals into learning experiences that benefit me and my future. Having been diagnosed with a learning disability at a young age, this had made many obstacles in my educational life starting as early as first grade. Following my passion to become an artist however, made for the most difficult and seemingly impossible road to take…Choosing to face the tough things in life has given me chances to show others just how serious and how far I am willing to go to achieve my goals. It fuels my passion to work hard and to be grateful for the chances I get to show people how much my work means to me.  I hope to find many opportunities in which my art will been seen by others who may also begin to believe in my desire to succeed at what I love.”

Chelsea NY, 2016  ©Holly Mazzio

Patco, 2016 ©Holly Mazzio

Catherine Ross – Fall 2016 Honorable Mention

CatherineRossPortraitMeet Catherine Ross, a junior at Pacific Northwest College of Art, who is majoring in Painting. We would like to congratulate Ms. Ross on being selected as one of three recipients of our Fall 2016 Honorable Mention Commendations for a Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation Scholarship:

I am a multi-disciplinary artist working in Portland, Oregon. After spending the last ten years traveling in over 20 countries, learning Spanish, Portuguese and French while working as a painter, I returned to the States and am currently pursuing a BFA in painting at the Pacific NorthWest College of Art. Combining painting, video and sound, sculpture, and performance, I push the boundaries of media and materials to create hybrid works that explore the possibilities and limitations of the body. My work considers class, race and gender, the commodification of the body, labor, the forfeit of physicality for online avatars, obsessive self-documentation and consumption of one’s own image in the digital age. I have recently founded a painting club and movement/performance club at my college. I am currently creating an artists’ collective for women that encourages collaboration and support for female artists in my community. I plan to get an MFA after graduation, focusing on art and dance as ways to engage the local community and increase compassion and connection in local/national/global communities.

 

Constraint 2016 by Catherine Ross 16" x 20"

“Constraint” 2016, 16 x 20 in. ©Catherine Ross

Liberation 2016 by Catherine Ross 16" x 20"

“Liberation” 2016, 16 x 20 in. ©Catherine Ross

 

 

Jacob Garcia – Fall 2016 Honorable Mention

Meet Jacob Garcia, a junior at University of Houston, who is majoring in Fine Art. We would like to congratulate Jacob on being selected as one of three recipients of our Fall 2016 Honorable Mention Commendations for a Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation Scholarship:

 At the University [of Houston] I hope to gain a better understanding of what makes artwork great. So far, I have been learning the fundamentals as I just transferred from a Community College. I have learned important lessons in my classes on how to make artwork stand out in excellence. I learned about composition, and using it to make the piece interesting, dynamic, and to even help guide your eyes around the artwork…

Watercolor seems to be under-appreciated as a medium because I’ve had people look down on me for using them as if I was a child playing with paint. For me watercolor is more than that because it can create beautiful artwork with various techniques and have a transparent look that may be harder to achieve with other paint. After I finish my studies at the University I would like to get a job where I’m able to paint on a daily basis and use watercolor of course. It could be any job ranging from designing hallmark cards with watercolor or working on designs for a film company. I would also like to work from commissions, not only because it’s a guaranteed paycheck but because I know people will ask me paint things I haven’t before. It would be beneficial in that regard because I don’t always get a chance to paint some random texture like wood grain or some things I haven’t thought of yet.

I know my skill is only going to get better because I practice almost every day. I push myself really hard to get where I want to be and even if it’s a little watercolor sketch of a flower or a full figure study that takes a few day, I try to paint every day…It takes many hours to finish a watercolor painting and I want to dedicate my time to my art.

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“Anathematised” 2016, 11 x14 in. ©Jacob Garcia

 

 

"Harley Quinn Study," 2016 7.5 x 11 in. ©Jacob Garcia

“Harley Quinn Study” 2016, 7.5 x 11 in. ©Jacob Garcia