Bethany Habegger, a junior at Indiana University, was awarded an honorable mention in the Fine Art Scholarship category for Fall 2019. She is in Indiana University’s BFA painting program. This is the second honorable mention Habegger has received from the Whitaker Foundation. She was awarded one in her freshman year.
In her student statement she wrote,
“It is an indescribable feeling that I get while creating art.
“I typically paint portraits, but for these pieces, I chose to incorporate birds as a subject matter. Birds can take on almost human personalities. I am also looking at the concept of the other self and how the same person can have different looks and personalities. Both paintings are more of an out of body look at ourselves and our surroundings; the exterior view and how that differs from our interior dialogs.
“Watercolor creates more of a challenge than other paint media. The unforgiving nature of it poses a unique opposition that makes it more appealing to me as an artist. I feel that I have to be more direct and intentional when using watercolor. Although it is a lighter material, I treat it in the same way as I do oil paint. I build up dense painting and leave little room for thin layers and blank space.
“I have many ambitious goals for my future, including graduate school and studying abroad in Florence. I plan to further my studies in a MFA program and go on to teach at the college level. After an interview and portfolio review with faculty, I was accepted into Indiana University’s BFA painting program and will start my second semester in the program this fall as a junior.
“Along with my engagement in the local arts community, I have maintained a strong internet presence using my website (bethanyhabegger.art) and Instagram account (@creativecolorcrush).