Winner of Fall 2018 Fine Art Scholarship Dawn LeAnne Taylor

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Dawn LeAnne Taylor won a $2,000 Fine Art Scholarship from the Eileen Monaghan and Frederic Whitaker Foundation.

Dawn LeAnne Taylor , a student at the Academy of Art University, has been awarded a $2,000
Fine Art Scholarship from the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation.
Jurors were impressed with the depth of her skill and her understanding of the watercolor
medium as shown in her watercolor Royal  Jelly, 2017. They felt the Whitaker Fine Art
Scholarship would assist her with her further development as a watercolor artist as she
transfers to University of the Arts London this fall.

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.

Royal-Jelly

Royal Jelly 30×40-inch watercolor by Dawn LeAnne Taylor 2017

Taylor, whose hometown is Nephi, Utah, explained her motivation in her artist statement. “I
don’t know where they come from these wisps of inspiration, but I do know better than to turn
them away. The key is to coax them out gently, you don’t want to scare the magic away. Pen,
pencil, chalk whatever I can find and paper after sheet of paper, I am working it out. Sometimes
I get stuck and must find myself on a silent walk to get the magic back. But eventually it starts to
take shape. Hours pass and there it is. Suddenly this moment of realization, my favorite
moment, I have given my persistent ghost a shape, a body and it’s alive.”

“I want to be better and do better cultivating my inspirational ghosts. Push myself to places I
haven’t yet realized. I want to grow. To soak everything in and apply it to my work. I want to be
the best I can be. Therefore, I am pursuing a BA in Fine Art. To further propel my work and my
career as an Artist. A path that I intend will eventually take lead me to a doctorate.“
“While historically I have been working in acrylic, ink and graphite, I have fallen fast and hard for
pigments and how they beautifully express themselves in watercolor. As I am embarking on
finishing my education in London I am thrilled to explore my new surroundings with my pans and
brushes in hand.”

STUDENT STATEMENT

It’s 2:38 am awoken to an image, a feeling. An intangible thing I can almost taste. I try my best to scribble it all out before succumbing to my dreary self. It’s this unpinable thing that follows me around the next morning. Like a ghost it’s shadowy silhouette lurks around. It wants me to tease it out. To uproot it for all to see. I feel like a detective on an exploration of discovery. I don’t know where they come from these wisps of inspiration, but I do know better than to turn them away. The key is to coax them out gently, you don’t want to scare the magic away. Pen, pencil, chalk whatever I can find and paper after sheet of paper, I am working it out. Sometimes I get stuck and must find myself on a silent walk to get the magic back. But eventually it starts to take shape. Hours pass and there it is. Suddenly this moment of realization, my favorite moment, I have given my persistent ghost a shape, a body and it’s alive. I want to be better and do better cultivating my inspirational ghosts. Push myself to places I haven’t yet realized. I want to grow. To soak everything in and apply it to my work. I want to be the best I can be. Therefore, I am pursuing a BA in Fine Art. To further propel my work and my career as an Artist. A path that I intend will eventually take lead me to a doctorate.. While historically I have been working in acrylic, ink and graphite, I have fallen fast and hard for pigments and how they beautifully express themselves in watercolor. As I am embarking on finishing my education in London I am thrilled to explore my new surroundings with my pans and brushes in hand. Outside of my long-standing love affair with art I have another that my heart burns for, Science. Having spent years trying to develop a marriage between the two. It is clear I have found that harmony in watercolors. My only regret is that I didn’t find it sooner. While I don’t know where the future will take me, along with a studio practice, I can happily see myself working in a museum setting or conservation. The Art of repairing and restoring old paintings is a valent cause I would be honored to be apart of.I have shown regularly in Salt Lake City through the past 5 years. Winning some grants along the way. I have been hired to produce art for everything from paintings for political campaigns to pastel work for the Utah Opera. Locally In my small town I have served on the Fine Arts Council, successfully bringing a chalk festival to our community. As well as volunteering my time at the local charter school giving kids k-8 lessons and access to art.As an Adult student with a family and more financial responsibility than those just starting out. This scholarship would tremendously help my stretch my school budget. I appreciate the opportunity to apply and thank you for your consideration.

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