Originally Published: March 27, 2016 6 a.m.
On Friday, March 25, Mountain Artists Guild, one of the oldest visual art organizations in the state of Arizona, held its annual Scholarship Presentation Ceremony. MAG has been “Keeping Art Alive” in Prescott and Yavapai County since 1949; and also been awarding Scholarships since 1950 to young people who have been schooled in Yavapai County.
Donna Carver, Scholarship chairperson, presided over the ceremony. The jurors of this year’s scholarships were led by Master Artist Doug Oliver, along with Master Artist Eric Slayton and Professional Artist Linda Umphrey. They all live in the Prescott area but their art is bought by collectors both nationally and internationally. They all have done so much to keep art alive in the local area, a news release states.
This year MAG awarded $5,000 in scholarships to six talented and deserving students. The award recipients hailed from Bradshaw High School, Prescott High School and Prescott College. The ceremony was well attended by not only those receiving the awards and their families but also friends, teachers, the public and the guild’s members.
The purpose of the Mountain Artists Guild Scholarship program is to assist first-time or continuing full-time college students who are majoring or minoring in the visual arts with financial assistance and career development. The scholarships are intended for visual artists who are only creating in 2D and 3D, which includes digital photography, analog photography, drawing, painting, fine art printmaking, collage, sculpture, ceramics, video, film and other related 2D and 3D forms of art.
The awarding of the scholarships was based on the students’ artistic merit, academic achievement, and dedication to the field of visual arts. Since MAG serves Yavapai County, students applying for this scholarship had to reside within its boundaries or have graduated from senior high school within the county; this also included home-schooled students.
The applicants were required to submit portfolios which included: a minimum of six photographs or scanned images of their original art, a letter of recommendation, and a personal statement. The portfolio had to represent the range of their visual style and mastery of media. All work had to be less than 2 years old. Photographs had to accurately represent their work (i.e. no substantially alter photos) and had to adhere to copyright laws. For photographers they also had to submit two raw original photos/images that had not been manipulated in any way.
Money for the scholarships was raised during Mountain Artists Guild’s Scholarship Auction, which is held annually early in December. Local professional artists donate their original works of art. The art ranges from paintings, fine art prints such as monotypes, etchings, and collographs, pottery, ceramics, woodcarving; works of art in glass and bronze, fabric art, jewelry and Sculptures.
All of this was made possible by the people from the community who believe, as Mountain Artists Guild does, in supporting the future academic careers of youth. For information or to receive MAG mailings, call 928-445-2510.