2018 Fall Whitaker Fine Art Scholarship Winner Jeramiah Winston

Jeramiah-Winston

Stanford University student Jeramiah Winston won a $2000 scholarship from the Frederic and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation.

Jeremiah Winston, a Stanford University student who switched from pre-med to fine art, has been awarded a $2,000 Fine Art scholarship from the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation. His watercolors “Love in Snow” and “Woman in White” impressed the jurors with the depth of his skill and his understanding of the watercolor medium. They felt the Whitaker Fine Art Scholarship would help him with his further development as a watercolor artist.

The Whitakers were two renowned watercolor artists. The Art Scholarship program was established to aid art students on their career path and give the winners not only a financial but also a competitive edge.

Winston, whose hometown is Inglewood, California, explains the reasons he switched majors in his artist statement. “When I switched from Pre-Med to Fine Art my freshmen year of college, I received more than a few strange looks. “Why,” my STEM-focused peers would ask, incredulous, “would you trade such a high paying career path for art?”

“My parents, albeit more passionately, asked me the same thing. And while money is certainly a concern, it is not what drives me forward. In premed, my studies of the human form were extensive, but, in a way, mechanical, almost routine. It felt stagnant. But the more I found myself studying the various forms of the body- particularly the face- the more I found myself enthralled by the body, taken in by their forms.”

“I wanted to do more than study with them- I wanted to interact with them. I wanted to represent their forms. Eventually, this evolved into a desire to create my own forms. My honors art major is an attempt to do both In my studies, I strove to master the art of capturing the world both how it is and how I see it.”

Love-in-Snow

Love in Snow 11×17 inch watercolor by Jeramiah Winston 2017

 

Woman-in-White

Woman in White 11×17 inch watercolor by Jeramiah Winston 2018

STUDENT STATEMENT

When I switched from Pre-Med to Fine Art my freshmen year of college, I received more than a few strange looks. “Why,” my STEM-focused peers would ask, incredulous, “would you trade such a high paying career path for art?” My parents, albeit more passionately, asked me the same thing. And while money is certainly a concern, it is not what drives me forward.

In premed, my studies of the human form were extensive, but, in a way, mechanical, almost routine. It felt stagnant. But the more I found myself studying the various forms of the body- particularly the face- the more I found myself enthralled by the body, taken in by their forms. I wanted to do more than study with them- I wanted to interact with them. I wanted to represent their forms.

Eventually, this evolved into a desire to create my own forms. My honors art major is an attempt to do both In my studies, I have strove to master the art of capturing the world both how it is and how I see it. This journey has taught me through the fine arts of painting and drawing and I hope to, before I graduate, use these abilities to put on an art show of my own, to show my art to the wider world.

Unfortunately, Stanford is not a school that has fully integrated for arts. Unlike other classes at Stanford, one must pay an $100 course fee for most art classes they take. In addition, as a student, I am responsible for buying my own materials. As a student who is paying for their own tuition, this is an unfortunate financial burden (this is partially why I took up water color as it is more inexpensive).

To supplement this, I have taken up different art jobs around campus for different student groups and campus organizations. This has proven to be a wonderfully opportunity to both practice my skills and expand my art from my own interests to helping others in my community. Unfortunately, it has not been entirely enough to cover this increased costs.

After University, I hope to use my art skills in two directions. The first is that I wish to delve into the world of fine art, showing my art to a wide audience. Moreover, I wish to use my art to create art for misc. entertainment like Magazine covers, playing cards, and things of the like. In this way, I hope to be able to both continue my artistic passion and use my abilities to aid others.

This scholarship would help me immensely in my journey towards these goals.Thank you for your consideration.

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