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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.”


10582831_10202394963148672_7533338713256932264_oEmma Randolph

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“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.