Ronna Raz, a freshman at the School of Visual Arts, was awarded an Honorable Mention for Art from the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation for Spring 2020.
In her student statement she wrote: “My mind thinks in stories. My pieces all have something to tell, an idea they’re developing, a thought they want to make more coherent. They tell both the viewer and me something about what I see in my mind’s eye. Through my education and further into my career, I want to craft artwork that will engross others and inspire them to create on their own. The short glimpse I’ve received into the art world from my time in college has been exhilarating, I have been able to push myself further as an artist then I could even conceive, and the joy I receive from that is the reason there is nothing I want more than continuing on my path to complete my art education.
“My goal as an artist is to create artwork that will engross and inspire others. I aspire to someday create a world so vivid, that it will open viewers’ minds and allow them to understand something new about their own lives. Yet even more I aspire to create material that will excite other creators I am working with. I want to be part of what makes projects richer, and what pushes them to a new level. From the opportunities I had working with other youth on large-scale murals at Precita Eyes Muralists Association and working as a teacher’s aide with sixth-grade art students, I have been able to truly develop my love for collaboration. I find joy in aiding others through their artistic processes and getting help from them too. Although I am still very early in my career, I partake in every opportunity I find. I have been in multiple exhibitions including ones at the Sanchez Contemporary and the San Francisco International Airport Gallery.”