Arts Council awards scholarships
STEVENSVILLE — Three local students received scholarships on Monday, May 8, for their work in the field of art from the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. The scholarship awards ceremony coincided with the group’s annual dinner, which this year took place at Kentmorr Restaurant.
Seniors Sydney Kay of Queen Anne’s County High School, Willow Podraza of Kent Island High School and Michael Lee of Wye River Upper School each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Arts Council.
Kay thanked the organization for the funds and said she would use them while attending the Cleveland Institute of Art in the fall. Kay said she aims to study animation. Propped up on the bar in the restaurant’s back room, Kay showed two pieces she had completed and submitted to contests. One of the pieces was a picture made up entirely of words.
Lee said he was most likely going to attend the Art Academy of Cincinnati with the hopes of furthering his studies in painting and drawing. Lee, too, brought a multi-media pieces to show during the event entitled “Buffet.”
“I just like doing impactful and powerful multi-media pieces,” Lee said.
Podraza, who received the Clara Simmons Scholarship Award, said she will attend Sarah Lawrence College, just north of New York City.
Having enjoyed her Advanced Placement Art History course this past year, Podraza said she wanted to continue that line of study the next four years while also pursuing writing. Podraza said she wanted to turn her interest into a career and eventually obtain a curatorial position at a major art institution “in order to preserve the culture of art and to help it flourish.”
After the scholarship presentations, a blessing was given by Rev. Karen Dize before everyone had a buffet dinner.
After dinner, Arts Council board member Audrey Scott presented Anne Welsh a plaque as she was given the Volunteer of the Year Award by a unanimous vote by the board. Scott said the board chose Welsh because of “the enormous commitment and dedication.”
Scott said while Welsh was a board member she oversaw the creation of the High Tea event and has continued to be involved with the event. After leaving the board, Scott said Welsh continued to volunteer and support Arts Council events.
Now Welsh has taken on the responsibility of overseeing the Chesapeake Storytelling Festival, an event in its second year that draws storytellers to the community college for a weekend of festivities. The festival will be held Sept. 16 at Chesapeake College.
The Clara Simmons Scholarship, memorialized by Simmons’ daughters Ellen and Elizabeth, was created as a tribute to their mother’s love for art and literature. Simmons was a volunteer with the Centre for the Arts. The scholarship was established in 1989.
The scholarship money is provided through donations to the organization.
Applications were available online at the Arts Council website, www.queenannescountyarts.com and by phone. The annual scholarships are awarded by an independent panel of local artists looking for students who will major in fine arts and exhibited outstanding abilities, promise and high academic achievement.
The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council is a nonprofit organization that promotes, expands and sustains the arts. For more information about the organization, visit www.queenannescountyarts.com.
Anne Welsh, left, is presented the Volunteer of the Year Award by Aubrey Scott of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council during its annual dinner on Monday, May 4, at Kentmorr Restaurant on Kent Island.
Kent Island High School senior Willow Podraza, who will attend Sarah Lawrence College next year, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council on Monday, May 4, at Kentmorr Restaurant on Kent Island.
Sydney Kay, a senior at Queen Anne’s County High School, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council on Monday, May 4, at Kentmorr Restaurant on Kent Island.
Senior Michael Lee of Wye River Upper School received a $1,000 scholarship from the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council on Monday, May 4, at Kentmorr Restaurant. Lee hopes to study painting and drawing at the Arts Academy of Cincinnati.