Jada Merritt, a sophomore at California Institute of the Arts, was awarded a $2,000 Fine Arts Scholarship for Fall 2021. In her student statement she wrote: I am lucky to be from a suburb in Seattle, a place that fosters creativity and artistic expression. At a young age I was exposed to making – alway finding my next subject to paint. It was a no-brainer that I was meant to study art and design in college, and that’s what I did. I am now a sophomore at the California Institute of the Arts and I hope to work as an illustrator or art director soon after I graduate.
At the moment, I am busy learning everything I can about what it means to be a practicing artist and designer – this means participating in things like our annual T-Shirt design show, and co-hosting the CalArts Collage Association with my best friend Izzy. I love the school that I ended up at, and this scholarship would help me stay here.
I am no stranger to the tolls student tuition has taken, not just on me, but other artists trying to earn a degree. I hope you can see in my submission the emotion, effort, and time I put into every piece I make and how my studies at CalArts have pushed me to become the artist I am today.
“Abby” 2021 © Jada Merritt 8×10 inches Watercolor and ink on stretched canvas
“James” 2020 © Jada Merritt 11×14 inches Watercolor and ink on stretched canvas