Logan Magee – Fall 2017 Scholarship Winner

Meet Logan Magee, a freshman at The New School, New York City, New York who is majoring in Communications Design. We would like to congratulate Ms. Magee on being selected as one of three recipients of our Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation Scholarships for the Fall 2017 term. You can read Logan Magee’s artist statement below:

“I have created art all of my life. Even when I was very little I would force my mother to draw smiley faces so I could see how she did it. When I began drawing, I drew girls and boys; their hair was the yellow crayon, their skin was the skin crayon (a crayon that looks like a mix of apricot, white, and tan. Should’ve been named “fair skin”), and the lips on their smiling faces were light pink. Growing up, I didn’t even notice that I was only drawing white people. I had normalized “white” as normal. I had never included myself. As I grew, I studied art more intensely and learned art history. I loved the Renaissance; porcelain white skin in flowing white robes was a common motif that symbolized innocence, purity, and most importantly, beauty.

However, I was internalizing this and applying it to myself. From about fourth to eighth grade, I started to hate my dark, tightly coiled hair, my golden brown skin, and my developing curves. I decided to cut and relax my hair, and I hung out with a mainly white crowd. I also applied this negative thinking to my art. I painted white girls with blonde hair, and rosy cheeks. I remember quite often my mother would ask me “Why don’t you ever paint any black girls?” My response was usually “No reason, I just paint,” but secretly, I was scared to. I neglected representing anything other than European beauty standards. Seeing only white women being the subject of both art and beauty ads made me process “white” as beautiful, and anything else as not.

In the first years of high school, I changed. I started seeing more black women in the arts, like Katrina Andry, Kara Walker, and Lina Viktor. For the first time, I felt compelled to do something about the fact that I had rejected painting women of color. I wanted to paint with more browns, reds, blacks, and bronzes, and I wanted to paint curly hair. I wanted to make my portraits of girls have more substance, and not just be something to stare at. And so I did – and ever since then, I have had the drive to represent what wasn’t shown to me in art class growing up. My work now has a lot to do with gender politics, race, identity, and inward feelings vs. outward appearances.

Moving forward, I have decided that the one of the best ways for me to communicate equal representation is via magazines. I love magazines – I owe a lot to journalism about art, music, and fashion because it helped me discover a good portion of the contemporary artists I know today. One thing I’ve noticed consistently with magazines, however, is the lack of diversity. Black artists, writers, and designers, especially women, are neither featured as often nor as fairly as we should. Therefore, I have decided to continue my education at the New School, and study for two degrees: journalism and communications design. My goal for post-college is to head my own magazine, where I would feature and cover a population of unique artists, intellectuals, and writers of color. My second goal is to continue creating visual content that features a diverse cast, whether that be through performance, sculpture, 2D works, and video. I want to be the artist, the business woman, and the writer that other little girls of color look up to when they need inspiration, when they need to see something like themselves.”

 

Stretch/uttanasana, 2017 ©Logan Magee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light Study/Truth, 2016 ©Logan Magee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Congratulations to our Spring 2016 scholarship winners!

It is with great pleasure that The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation announces the winners for its Art Scholarship for students studying Fine Art and Art History/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 all the best of luck in their future endeavors!


Alessandra Leo – Fine Art scholarship winner      dropr.com/alessandraleo

“Thank you so much. This scholarship really helps me continue to do what I love and I couldn’t be happier.”

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“My name is Alessandra Leo, I am an artist from Des Moines, Iowa, with Italian descent. My goal in life is to communicate my thoughts of the world through my art. I think one of the biggest problems artists have is being able to communicate their concept in a way their audience understands. We live a world where human perspective changes everything, I want to make sure others know their thoughts inside their head aren’t wrong and their flaws make them the perfect person they are. I am by no means perfect, and I know no one else out there is too, but as human beings we spend so much time worrying about issues, we forget to spread the love and truth. My art is made for others, for people to know they aren’t alone and the feelings they keep inside their head is what we are all feeling. We are all the same inside, desire the same things, need the same things, so why not help each other out? That’s why I’m an artist.”

“I spent my entire childhood submerged in the world of my imagination. It’s silly to even say that, because I STILL AM engulfed in my imagination. My childhood consisted of cartoons and animations. I wasn’t your typical 7 year old girlie girl that had everything pink and thought she was a princess. I was the tomboy who was always made fun of, and never talked to, but talked about. The only way I remember getting out of my childhood embarrassment and humiliation was by watching animated cartoons. There was something about the story in the cartoon, and how imperfectly perfect all the characters were that made me so happy. One particular cartoon I constantly watched was Kim Possible. An American animated television show created by Disney about a teenage girl crime fighter who had the task of dealing with worldwide, family, and school issues everyday. Catch was that she was a Tomboy, just like me! I imagined myself as Kim Possible everyday, fighting off the bad bullies at my school, and being loved and appreciated by all my classmates.”

“Unfortunately that never happened, and I grew up just a normal kid. Even though my wish to be Kim Possible did not come true, I’m so grateful that animated show got me through rough times in my childhood. My goal is to become an artist and someday work with big animation studios to create cartoons and stories that young kids can relate to and turn to, to make them happy. The childhood is the most important part of a person’s life, and I believe a childhood makes a person who they are. One of my biggest dreams is to show kids through art and animation, that it’s okay to be different, and to teach them love, respect, care, loyalty, but also evil, mean, rude, so they will know how to deal with it in their life. My educational objectives are to go to school to learn how to draw the human figure better, learn how to 2D and 3D animate, learn how and why humans act the way they do when interacting with others, collaborate with other artists in making the world a stronger place, learn how to network, and connect with others (especially kids) to be informed on what is going through their mind and what they want to see in cartoons (superheroes, princesses, racecars, normal kids, etc.).”

“I am an Honors student, attending the University of Iowa. As of right now I have a GPA of 3.8 and on the Dean’s List. At school, I am apart of the University of Iowa’s Hawkeye Tae Kwon Do Club and compete in Tae Kwon Do tournaments and competitions with them. I am the club’s Webmaster and artist, making their logos and designing and in charge of the social networking pages. I also am apart of the Life Drawing and Art Club at the university. Every other day we meet for 2-3 hours to draw from a model, or still life. My achievements include being a black belt, an Honors student, on the Dean’s List, being in art shows, selling $326 worth of baked goods for the University of Iowa’s bake sale, organized Arts Fest for the University of Iowa, established good relationships with local artists, completed a portfolio of most recent work, representing the Des Moines Italian community by participating in Italian Queen contest, and designed and sketched cartoon ideas for future plans.”

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Sinclair Spratley – Art History/Museum Studies scholarship winner

“Thank you so much for this honor and award! I cannot express how grateful I am for being selected for one of the Undergraduate Art Scholarships.”

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“I am a third year art history student at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.  I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and I draw inspiration, as a scholar and a lover of art, from the natural beauty of the landscape and the history of the area.  I am currently studying for a semester at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where I am taking history of art classes along with a course on writing about art and a course on Scottish Literature.  My future plans include post-graduate work either on a Ph.D. track or a museum studies track depending on what I am interested in once I apply.  I would love to work in a museum as a curator one day but I am also open the many opportunities a degree in art history provides.  For me, art opens up worlds that are not regularly accessible.  I have a large interest in history and context and art gives me a tactile, emotional connection to the world and the stories and endeavors of the past.”

“I started out pretty terribly in my very first art history class. It was my senior year of high school and to be quite honest, I decided to take AP Art History as a nice, throwaway class. I soon learned that art history was a lot harder than I anticipated. I think it was after the second or third week, with prehistoric and Mesopotamic art out of the way, that I realized I was in over my head. Art history was so different from any other class I had ever been in. I have always been good at history. My brain is geared towards memorization and applying it to different contexts and situations. I thought art history would be the same but with the addition of nice-looking paintings and sculptures. Little did I know art history inhabited an academic world of its own. I struggled the whole first semester of my ap art history class, forgetting essential pieces, mixing cultures and movements up. I had the hardest time with the formal aspects of producing art, both in the material production but also in identifying formal components in a composition. I had never taken a visual art class before so words like line, shadow, and color held very little meaning for me. My teacher tried to convince me I was not cut out for art history. Then suddenly, when I got back from winter break, something inside of me clicked. I am still not exactly certain what happened but I started having a new clarity in my art history class. I was making connections and analyzing things in a new way. I finally started enjoying going to class and speaking up. Later in that same semester I had a short internship at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History where I worked under the head curator of art, assisting in setting up two upcoming exhibits. For me these two things, a newfound clarity and an amazing internship, solidified in me a love for art and the history of art.”

“Now, as a junior, well-established in my art history major, I spend as much time as I can within the various museums and galleries in New York City. Besides the sanctuary-like feeling of these places, I also feel a connection to the work I want to do in the future and to an underlying spirit that art provides. I hope to move onto graduate school where I can participate in either a curatorial or museum studies program and then go to work in a museum. I would be satisfied working at any museum in the country as long as I got to do what I love which is interacting and understanding art both through the artist’s relationship to the piece and to a viewer’s relationship to the piece and the space it is in. Being from the southwest originally, I have an interest in how the art scenes in various cities in Texas and in Santa Fe, New Mexico can be bolstered and popularized so that they can rival the art scene in New York. I am also highly interested in research and I hope to do research next summer on contemporary black American art. Lastly, I am also interested in traveling and experiencing art abroad. In the summer of 2014 I went to Rome to study art there for a month. I am also lucky enough to spend next semester, spring 2016, studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I hope to bring my passion for visual culture and language to Scotland and better understand the nation and its people through that lens. For me, a career in art history was not in the cards until right before I went to college. I didn’t realize that I could combine my highly visual nature with my knack for contextualizing and synthesizing historical information in a way that would be useful for my future. If it wasn’t for my challenging AP Art History class, I am not exactly sure where I would be right now. I certainly would not be going to school in New York pursuing my dream of working in museums. I would not have the same sense of place and purpose. Becoming well acquainted with the history of art opened my eyes in so many different ways. I see the world differently than I did before and I can imagine beauty in almost all I see.”

Sinclair’s winning essay:

“The watercolor works of both Frederic and Eileen Whitaker evoke a defined sense of time and place through naturalistic representations of scenes from their worlds. For Frederic Whitaker, painting took on an outward sense, projected through meticulous rendering of various subjects including nudes, landscapes, and architecture. Frederic worked hard reproducing what he saw, relying on the truth of an image and presentation to sensitively relay a moment. Frederic’s work does inhabit, in the truest sense, the idea of looking outward and working rationally. However, this rationality in his work does not drain it of emotionality. Instead, emotionality is expressed in the straight-forward awe and beauty of a scene, whether it be an architectural work, a lush landscape, or a nude figure. The use of watercolor brings in an airy, almost nostalgic sense to his many paintings. This rationality allowed for Frederic to depict scenes that would be familiar and comforting to viewers. In his architectural paintings, one can think of themselves in the scene. This externalization of art invites the viewer in and makes them as active in the Frederic’s composition as the subject itself.”

“If Frederic’s work represents the external and rational, then Eileen Whitaker’s work exemplifies an artist looking inside herself to work from intuition and an innate understanding of a subject. While the subject matter of Frederic and Eileen’s work often aligns, we can see this internalization of subject through her still-life paintings which depict more mystical and spiritual subjects. Also, her interest in the southwest and Mexico brings in a sense of underlying spirituality that must come from inside her. While her works are all highly representational, they inhabit a realm of emotionality that is not obtainable through nostalgia or the external but by viewing the pieces and then looking in on oneself. Eileen bring this internalization of art and subject into mythological figure studies that could represent figures both real and mythical. The figures interact with one another and with nature in a way that brings ideas of primordial emotionality. Reason and the outside world make no difference in these compositions. What is present is an internal, spiritual sense of the self and the universe. By placing the work of Frederic and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker up next to each other we can see how they were able to balance a cycle of internal and external understandings of the world, art, and the subject. There is a sense that you could not have one without the other, and this harmony brings the two into an endless, perfect circle, one where reciprocation happens naturally.”


Kira Schnitzler – Fine Art scholarship winner   instagram.com/kira.schnitzler.art

“I want to express my utmost appreciation to the foundation for being selected for this scholarship. I am honored, thank you very much.”

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“I was born in Münster Germany and grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. At around four years old, I began drawing. It became a nearly obsessive hobby throughout adolescence- I spent hours almost every day practicing, going through stacks of paper and numerous sketchbooks. The discipline was a source of comfort for me, and drawing became a vital practice in processing my personal thoughts and feelings. I kept an academically rigorous track during high school with the intention of later pursuing a degree in biology or environmental law. It was during my junior year that I began painting, and developed an absolute affinity towards it. Ultimately with the encouragement of my art teacher, I decided to continue pursuing my art. I am currently in the second year of pursuing my BFA in painting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.”

“My work is driven by a deep love of people, and in particular I am interested now in exploring the human condition in my art: universal beauty, moments in time, and particularly the depth and complexity of human relationships- their intimacy, their feeling, their psychology, and their breaking points. Major conceptual and artistic influences of mine have been Malcolm Liepke, Gustav Klimt, and Edouard Manet.”

“Art, for me, has always been a method of understanding my world on an intrinsic level. I have been drawing and painting as a hobby my whole life. However as I have grown, I have begun to use art in order to understand my external world as well. In high school, I had always been incredibly studious. I remained on an honor roll track, and took 9 AP courses. I had full intentions of continuing on and acquiring a degree in law or medicine. But as I neared graduation, I felt compelled to abandon those ambitions for something that spoke deeper to me. I began to understand the particular power of art as a vessel of communication, one with the ability to exceed even the barriers of language, and speak directly to the human conscious. With that, I took up setting out to create a career path in art.”

“At this time, my art is primarily fueled by a deep love for people and an intense desire to sympathize with my fellow man. I am fascinated by the way that we human beings experience this grand and endlessly complex thing that is life. In particular, I am most uniquely drawn to examining the types of intimacies and relationships that we form between one another: where they begin, how they fall apart, and how our lives are changed by those connections. In my work, I often find myself creating from both a place of tenderness, as well as one of critical examination. In the oncoming future, I hope to continue on to graduate school and get my MFA in painting. With that, I want to dedicate myself fully to my practice, and over time I hope to truly refine my personal voice and develop a body of work that speaks to people on numerous levels of thought and feeling. From high school, when I designed and created two murals for the building, I have developed a desire to make more work for the public. Currently at my university, I have started my own student organization called the Public Arts Coalition. In it, I coordinate 12 other student artists in designing and creating temporary public art installations, so that we can share our love of art with other students on campus. After several years of practicing explicitly as an artist, I hope to become a university professor so that I might still be able to continue my artistic practice while simultaneously encourage and stimulate that same type of love and skill in others. I love learning, and hope to stay around academia for as long as I can. More importantly, I hope to continue a life pursuing art for as long as I can.”

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Stags in Training  9 x 16 inches  2015

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Adolescent Rising   11 x 17 inches  2015


We would like to thank all of our applicants and welcome you to apply again during our next term which will commence on March 1st, 2016!

Spring/Fall 2015 Scholarship Winners!

It is with great pleasure that The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation announces the winners for its Art Scholarship for students studying Fine Art or Art History/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 all the best of luck in their future endeavors!


Brenda ClementeBrenda Clemente

“I am so thankful and honored to be able to receive such a prestigious award! This was my first scholarship entry ever and naturally my first win, thank the heavens. Any sort of publicity via social media is absolutely welcome, my goal has always been to have a large platform of people to see my work.”

“I am a young, passionate artist. Watercolor has always held a special place in my heart. I would like to study illustration first because it is a conventional field of study that could bring many job options to me. Children’s books, web design, painting, digital art, character design, portraiture, and film are all interests of mine that I see as career possibilities. This will not be the last time you see my name, I plan to work hard the rest of my life in the art realm.”

“I grew up and went to high school in North Carolina. I was very active in my school’s art community – won contests, painted sets, mentioned and referenced in my school’s yearbook/magazine. I find artistic influence through beautiful things, faces, music and films but rarely reference other people’s art. I am quite particular about keeping my voice vivid through my art, I want to keep a sense of individuality. No one in my family is the least bit artistic so up until I was a sophomore in high school, I never used paint, brushed, charcoal, clay or oil. Aside from one very mediocre AP art class in high school, I have never taken a single college level art class in my life. I have been attending a Community College (Central Piedmont) for my general education courses while working as a full time nanny to pay for my up coming art school tuition. I wish to enroll next year to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia, I have been previously accepted to the university (my senior year) but had no means to pay for the lavished tuition. Since denying my acceptance letter, my father lost his job and forced my family to move to Miami where he would after 20+ years of self employment, work an office job. My life has taken many unexpected turns in the last few years but I am happy to say I have every intention of continuing my education and perfecting my art. Portraiture has invariably been my favorite subject because I’ve always seen it as the most challenging. I am in no way satisfied with my own work which is why I want to go to school so desperately. I am the first of my family to actually enroll in college. I cannot explain my undying gratitude for your foundation’s kind words and financial assistance, I assure you it will be used with grace.”

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10582831_10202394963148672_7533338713256932264_oEmma Randolph

View her website: http://randolphemma.wix.com/pieces-of-me-by-emma

“Thank you so much! I could not be more proud to receive this scholarship! This is such a huge gift and I am extremely proud and honored to be the recipient.”

“I will be a senior at the University of Minnesota Morris this following year (2015-2016). I will be completing majors in Studio Arts, Secondary Education, and French as well as a minor in Art History. Watercolor is my favorite studio medium, followed by drawing and ceramics. I am a self taught watercolorist, beginning roughly six years ago. I choose to paint the human figure (typically women), because it is what I connect with most. I am deeply honored to receive this award, and am excited to be able to show my work through such a reputable source. Thank you so much!”

“Education has always been an important part of my life. I know how important having one is for the future. An education is, in my opinion, the single greatest weapon a person can have in their arsenal for the future. I learned this through my mother, who was the first person in her family to go on to higher education. This was even more amazing as she was the youngest of nine children, and had been criticized for choosing to get a college as opposed to starting a family after high school. Since then my mother has also finished grad school and has become teacher. She taught me that education is a gift.”

“My Native heritage was almost destroyed by my grandmother, who was ashamed of her ethnicity and attempted to destroy papers documenting her heritage. Thankfully my mother and I were able to recover these incredibly historical documents. Growing up as a native student I have completely thrown into the world of racism. I have been asked on plenty of occasions if I get money from a casino, have I ever lived in a Teepee, etc. I was made uncomfortable by these questions, and thank god the harassment never escalated beyond them. I want to continue to represent the Native community through my schooling, as well as through my accomplishments at the university of Minnesota Morris.”

“I was appointed co-chair of the student run improv group, c-chair of art club, president of the French club, help found a theater company, and sit on the committee for our Student Education Organization. I am the student liaison for the Humanities and Arts Department, representing the Studio Art section. This position gives me the opportunity to authorize class schedules for upcoming semesters, review budgets for previous and upcoming semesters, aid in the hiring of new faculty and staff as a student perspective, etc. I have also been on the Dean’s List every semester I have attended the University of Minnesota Morris. I have also recently been selected by an anonymous committee to receive the American Indian Salt Springs Teacher Scholarship. This award is given annually to a student who is an education major and has exhibited both academic success and involvement in culture.”

“I have studied abroad twice already (a two month excursion through the English Language Teaching Abroad Program (ELTAP) in Ireland to teach immigrant children English and July in Paris, a month long intensive French language trip), and plan on completing my student teaching in New Zealand next year. I also plan on studying abroad for a full semester next year.”

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WIN_20150624_122133 (2)Felicia Vowles

“My name is Felicia Vowles and I am a young artist. I’ve done art all my life. I am attending UTA this fall and will be majoring in Studio Arts and Art History. My goal is to work with art for the rest of my life and have an influential impact on the way people see the world through art. I am very grateful to be receiving this scholarship and am glad that it’s bringing me one step closer to my goals in life. Thank you so much! I really appreciate you investing in me and believing in me!”

“Ever since I was little I wanted to be an artist. As I got older and I learned more about what it takes to be a successful artist I started to realize where college fits into it all. I started to see that while as an artist I could make it on my own, going to college would open more option to me and teach me things that would take me so much longer to learn on my own. I am transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington this fall and I am going to major in Studio Arts and Art History. I also hope to get my teaching certification also so that I have that option open to me. The first goal is to be a successful fine artist and make and sell my art, work with galleries and museums for shows, and create beautiful things. I also want to work in galleries and museums, both with internships between school years and also once I graduate. I love art history and seeing the things others have created. I want to know how museums work and help other artists achieve what I’m hoping to achieve. As I get older, I may decide to teach but that isn’t my initial goal. I know I could be really good at teaching and I feel art education is very important so as I said I want to keep that option open to me in case I decide to go that way. I am so passionate about art in all its forms and I feel I know so little about it despite spending my whole life thus far focused on art. That’s one thing that I’ve discovered in college already. I thought I knew the gist of what art is out there already but I know so very little and I know college will help me learn more about all of it.”

Felicia’s essay:
Artists see the world very differently from those around them and so when working and creating they either work inward and intuitively or outward and rationally. The difference between these two are that one uses the mind’s eye and how they perceive things compared to working realistically and creating things as close to reality as humanly possible. Both Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker used both sides to create their works; sometimes using both at once.
Working intuitively is often more abstract and fluid compared to working rationally and striving to create exactly what you see as it is. Frederic Whitaker did studies of still life’s and figure drawings both in which the topics were generally fairly detailed with soft lines but little to no background. In this he is straying more towards that abstract fluid side. One great example is his watercolor titled Special Guest. The reclining female figure and background are both fairly detailed but there is a lack of sharp, clear lines that brings it closer to reality. There is a good amount of shading but the shadows are sharp and blocky helping to make the figure seem more angular. The background and the blankets the woman is reclining on trail off into the white of the paper instead of being fully drawn out the edge of the painting. The wall in the background has little detail and the painting on the wall is just detailed enough to give us an idea that it is supposed to be a landscape. There are many reasons why Frederic Whitaker might have done this painting like this. It could be because of time or the way watercolors work or for some other reason. Either way it’s obvious he was working both rationally and abstractly at the same time. Eileen Monaghan Whitaker did much the same in her still life’s but her architecture study is where one can really see the rational side of her work. A great example is her painting titled Cuenca Spain (Cathedral). The detail she put into this piece is extraordinary, especially when one knows how difficult watercolors can be. The rooftops, the walls, the sky, the landscape, even the people and the birds are very detailed. She painted this as it is seen and did so as close to realistic as she could. Frederic Whitaker also did a series of architecture that had the same beautiful detail just as Eileen did pieces that had the same intuitive style as Frederic’s figure studies.
Working intuitively or rationally are the basics of the arsenal of artists. Both Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker created things through both aspects and they did so wonderfully. An artist can see the world differently and thus can create things in ways that others would never think of. This is what makes them amazing.