Lauren Taylor Coney, a student at Ringling College of Art and Design, received an Honorable Mention Commendation from the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Fine Art Scholarship program for her watercolor, Tea House. Her hometown is Newburgh, Indiana. In her artist statement she wrote:
I attend Ringling College of Art and Design in hopes that I will be able to succeed in my dreams of being a professional artist one day. It has always been my dream to do so and I haven’t slowed down in my studies and experimentation yet. Not only do I spend from 8:30 a.m.to usually around 2:30 a.m. working on nothing but improving in my artwork, but I also am a Student Ambassador and work events for my school for 2 years now as well as a club leader for 2 years who works and manages everything for a non-profit project I do for the Lazarus Program called the Veteran’s Portrait Project. During this project, we do portraits of local veteran’s in the Fall and then in the Spring semester, we hang them in a gallery show called the “Art of Bravery” show on Veteran’s Day and afterwards, donate the portraits to the veteran’s themselves.
I also was an Orientation leader last year and won the “Outstanding Leaders Award” given out by my school. I am also apart of my school’s student government and work about 8 hours or more a week in our school’s woodshop. I work very hard to be towards the top of my classes and have a very well standing in my school with the students and teachers.I of course do other things besides art, like sightseeing and spending time with friends, but there’s not a time when I’m not thinking about art or being inspired. Even in high school, even though mine did not have specific focuses like some, I took almost every art class my school had to offer and was involved in every art-related activity I could find. Rather it be my high school’s theatre productions that I helped manage backstage for, creating the tickets for the productions, or even just painting simple posters to announce upcoming spirit days, I had to be apart of them.
My dream is to one day be featured on the cover of a New Yorker, but what artist’s isn’t? I lean more towards graphic design and picture books rather than anything else, but I really enjoy a beautiful day out landscape painting, because what is more inspiring that the world around you?
My dream job would probably either be working for the company Illumination (who created movies like Despicable Me, Minions, Life of Pets, etc.) or freelancing for magazines because it’s always the illustration that prompts me to read an article or not and if it’s a popular magazine, my art will be showed to thousands. I also would like to come out with a children’s book one day and have it be some child’s favorite that they always keep for later on when they can read it to their own kids because I still have mine that I’m saving and I just find that to be so special, and I want to give that special experience to someone like the artists that I have gave to me.
I have a lot of high hopes and dreams, but they all have one thing in common and that’s art. I can’t see myself ever doing anything else unless it involves art. It’s been my passion ever since I can remember and I don’t see myself loving anything else as much as I do art.