It is with great pleasure that the Frederic and Eileen Whitaker Foundation announces the winners for its’ inaugural 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.
Our first year saw a small but talented group of artists apply, and the winners are of a very high caliber. They exhibited the skills and knowledge base that we were hoping for and coincidentally both are seniors at Massachussetts College of Art, Eileen’s alma mater! We wish them both the best of luck in their future endeavours.
Julianne is a printmaker and mixed media based artist. Coming from a biracial background, her works combine seemingly disparate personal and social symbols coexisting within the same context. Her style is highly influenced by old masters, Spanish culture and New Orleans. In her application, Julianne states:
Transculturalization is a term coined by Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz meaning to have a converging of cultures on the macro level as well as interpersonally. Being a multiethnic artist, I walk the line of many cultures but feel unable to fully find myself within any of them. If awarded the Frederick Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation Scholarship, I would travel to Cuba to determine the trans-cultural relationship that parallels the conflict and resolution within the context of my work. Transculturation reflects the natural inclination of people to resolve conflicts over time, rather than intensifying them.
The process of watercolor monotype has allowed me to further evolve my imagery conceptually. I use the bleeding and separation of watercolor to convey personal versus external struggle. Being a bi-racial artist who appears mostly white, I have my footing in two cultures but feel socially separated. There’s discomfort in the fact that I feel unable to claim identity as Latina or Caucasian. This disconnect allows me to find where I belong within my watercolors. The content of my art combines seemingly disparate symbols that coexist within the dream-life context I create. My style represents personal and social symbols that are diluted or amplified in meaning through intensity, relationship, placement, or environment. I question gender, sexuality, culture and family roles.
Julianne’s works are provocative, bold and exciting. We wish her Happy Travels!
Julianne Merino and ‘Organ’
‘The World Keeps Burning’
Alexis McAuliffe is a studio-based painter whose work explores careful observation of representation in a contemporary and psychological context. Done over multiple sessions or quick studies, her subjects are mostly figurative, but leave room for invention. Alexis is a rising senior at Massachusetts College of Art where she will receive her BFA. Her application was an intriguing glimpse into the artistic ‘process’ at its most intimate:
Cold air rushes in from the window to my left, filling my studio with the scent of night. The wind reminds me to breathe. How long have I been staring at this portrait? It has become as unclear as stars above a city, as obstinate as paint against canvas. Eyes strain to capture the face of my subject. They inspect every plane of visible, compressible flesh, identify him as beautiful and vulnerable. Represent the details before they shift, the ones that matter. All the voices of the present and future, clamor at once. My mind does not rest: a sentinel protecting its obsession. Measure. Immerse. Paint. Breathe. I lose myself in grooves of canvas.
Moments traverse the mind, fleeing as the brain tries to reconstruct them. No matter how many times I strain my neck in his direction, they vanish. Receptors in the body cannot keep up. Yet the rigorous subtleties of his presence consume me. The space between painter and subject is ephemeral, unlike a photograph. Does essence have to be whole, or can its parts recede into the atmosphere? In this painted world, can both be equal? These thoughts pull at one another as I paint the air, slowing time in the process.
Alexis’s paintings are ethereal and haunting, and a beautiful example of the subtlety of watercolor as a medium. One day Alexis hopes to fuse both writing and painting in her artistic work.
‘Mingling with every thought’