New art scholarship available to high school students

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Art Association announced today a new scholarship available to high schoolers—specifically, 2017-18 juniors with artistic talent.

The Art Association will choose one student to receive an Artists&Writers scholarship valued at $3,000. The awardee will have an opportunity to work closely with the Art Association to refine his or her skills and develop a portfolio over the course of the academic year.

Describing the idea for this newly established scholarship, Anne Muller and Amy Unfried, Artists&Writers co-leaders, said, “As a group of creative people active in many different disciplines—including painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, fiction and nonfiction writing, and more—we want to provide encouragement and support to a young person with artistic promise. The arts make a vital contribution to our community; they enable the artist to express and the community to perceive ideas and emotions that otherwise are unseen and unfelt. By supporting a student in her or his growth as a creative person, we hope to play a part in the community’s encouragement of the arts as well as in the life of a young artist.”

The group Artists&Writers formed in 1999 to mutually support artists in Jackson Hole. For its scholarship, Artists&Writers is looking for an applicant who exhibits artistic promise and who has an interest in a professional career in Fine Art.

Applications will be accepted in the spring and only students in the spring of their sophomore year may apply; students from all area schools may apply. Application materials will include a written narrative, a letter of recommendation, and samples of the artist’s work. Selection will be made by a panel including one Art Association staff person, one Art Association Board Member and one Artist&Writers representative.

Application deadline for 2017-18 Artist&Writers Scholarship is May 15.

Once chosen, the student scholarship winner will be paired with a mentor at the Art Association, dependent upon their preferred medium. Together, they will develop a detailed plan for the student’s experience throughout the year. The student will have unlimited access to Art Association classes, workshops, and open studio sessions. They will also receive a stipend for materials and supplies. At the end of the school year, the student will present their work and a summary of their experience to the Artist&Writers.

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