Each year the association grants scholarships to two or more college-bound high school seniors who live or go to school in Newton. This year $3,000 in prize money was divided among the winners.
2017 Newton Art Association Scholarship Winners
First Place winners:
Myra Abelson NAA Scholarship, $800
Jasmine Chan, Newton South, plans to study painting at the Rhode Island School of Design
Committee comments: Each piece in Jasmine’s portfolio is outstanding. In the Kitchen, a pencil drawing of a mixing bowl reflecting the artist’s face and surroundings, shows wonderful drawing skills and abstract imagination. The figurative work is extraordinary from the playful Big Me, Little Me to the tearful boy in Embrace. Deconstruction is a wonderful rendering of 3D objects in pencil and then broken in to color facets. The photograph of the sculpture, Light Up and Smile, creates a landscape in light. Jasmine’s work is exceptionally mature and successful.
Edgerley Family Foundation NAA Scholarship, $800
Alexandra Kim, Phillips Academy Andover, is interested in studying visual art and art history next year at Tufts University.
Committee comments: Alexandra offers a strong artists’ statement sharing the feeling, craft, and personal history that is embodied in her passion for clay. Each piece is a gem and shows her years of study manifested in skillful techniques, control over form, as well as subtle coloring and texture. Her work shows considerable experimentation with the material itself and techniques such as incision and color glazes. She draws inspiration from the sea and Korean ceramics and weaves these concepts into extraordinarily sophisticated works.
Newton Art Association Scholarships $350
Aleah Cremer, Newton North, plans to study art next year at UMASS Amherst, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Committee comments: The mixed media pieces show a wonderful sense of color and sculptural physicality. The images are evocative and memorable and Lady, for example, had a powerful composition. The horn headpiece – as both sculpture and selfie – evoked primodial identities. The large size of the works was also impressive. She successfully renders pieces that, as she says in her artist’s statement, experiment in “material, pattern, color. and texture.”
Doina Maria Iliescu, Newton South, plans to study governance and environmental sustainability at Leiden University College in the Netherlands.
Committee comments: In her artists’ statement, Doina says she uses “art as a tool to learn more about myself and the world.” Her figures are diverse yet consistently powerful. The angst embedded in red and blue in Anxiety is off set by the playfulness of Embraces Death, a quirky and well developed figure with the famous Freddie skeleton. Personal Space and My Hiroshima Grandmother offer a more intimate and warmer view of individuals. Nicely done.
Sakura Miki, Newton South, expects to study either Illustration or graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Committee comments: Sakura says in her artist’s statement that she is drawn to collaging, which allows for artists to create “some degree of chaos and tension as it combines many different mediums and details.” Her submitted works are collages of ideas as well as materials. The Dichotomy of Adults and Children portrays the stark contrast between the vision of youth and weight of adulthood. Each successful piece tells a story with many parts.
Charlene Ng, Newton South, plans to study mechanical engineering at Northeastern University.
Committee comments: In her artists’ statement, Charlene says, “Through my art, I want to recreate the world through the lens I see, so that other people who see it can come to realization just how beautiful their world really is.” She brings her vision to each piece through skillful drawing, thoughtful composition, and a distinctive vision. For example, the rendering of In My Mind and Freddie and Me are interesting both conceptually and artistically.
How to Apply
You can apply if you meet these criteria:
- You live or go to high school in Newton.
- Your work is 2-D or 3-D, such as printmaking, drawing, photography, painting, digital art, mixed media, metal work, ceramics, or glass.
The NAA scholarship team reaches out to high school teachers in Newton in January and provides applications (also available online) and posters that depict recent winners. Student may apply independently as well. Applications are due in April and awards are announced at an NAA event in May. All applicants receive a free NAA membership for one year. Applications for 2018 will open online in February 2018.