Scholarships

CONGRATULATIONS TO Maggie Godziuk – 2022 ISEA EMERGING ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP

Maggie Godziuk

My workshop choice, "Vulnerability and the Artist" with Brenda Malkinson opened doors for me in my artistic process. Brenda challenged us to be experimental and vulnerable and to not stick to our usual processes. She gave us loose directions but encouraged us to go with what we felt in the moment and not to worry about being perfect or creating a polished final piece. We used many mediums and many techniques to explore our minds as artists; throughout the full day session I used color pencils, watercolor paints, pencils, and markers! This course epitomized limitless art and taught me new ways to experiment with my art and my processes. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to be able to attend this seminar with Brenda, as well as learn from and meet other artists!


CONGRATULATIONS TO Ann Smiga Greene – 2022 ISEA SCHOLARSHIP

Ann Smiga Greene

Successful creative processes require time, practice, materials, and continuous effort. As I advance to a new phase in my artistic growth, I strive to learn from others and expand my understanding of design in abstract art using mixed media, collage, and line. I hope to gain an additional creative edge by reaching beyond fundamentals and getting out of my personal comfort zone. I’d like to thank ISEA for this scholarship. I consider it a financial springboard to my artistic life.

I plan to use my scholarship to fund an online Cheap Joe’s workshop, “Beauty of the Mark,” with Teresa Kirk (October 18, 19 and 21, 2022). Ms. Kirk describes her mark-making process as beginning an art conversation with unique, surprise elements, along with negative painting, color mixing, and new design formats. Intrigued by the supply list, I aim to learn to apply and experiment with these new materials in my work. Some of the new tools include Ampersand Aquabord, watercolor gouache, Inktense watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, water soluble graphite, stencils, and stamps. This workshop will provide me with an opportunity 


 to further develop my artistic voice and vision, encourage personal growth, and promote experimentation with new materials.

Click here to visit Ann's website.

CONGRATULATIONS TO Kat Manton-Jones – 2022 ISEA SCHOLARSHIP

Kat Manton-Jones

It is an honor to be a recipient of the 2022 ISEA Scholarship. Thank you! The scholarship award will be applied to a 5-week, 2023 Arquetopia Art Residency in the Peruvian Sacred Valley of the Incas. The mentored, non-instructional, process-based residency is flexible and self-directed. I intend to interact and collaborate with local artists, researchers, and spiritual leaders to learn how cultural, environmental, and spiritual beliefs and practices intersect.

By utilizing traditional and experimental art techniques, incorporating research data, and spiritual experience specific to the region, I will deeply reflect and expand upon intuitive and experimental painting. This experience will broaden my understanding of the heritage of art, culture, and society via critical inquiry, research, interaction, and process in the field and studio. Upon completion of my residency, I will create a video of my experience for ISEA’s YouTube channel. Stay tuned.


CONGRATULATIONS TO Margaret Parnell – 2022 ISEA SCHOLARSHIP

Margaret Parnell

I am so grateful for this Scholarship opportunity. As soon as I was notified, I signed up for an online course with Lewis Noble in the UK. This three-week course in October 2022 focuses on painting, collage and self-expression.

It will include specifically two different methods of working that interest me and will challenge me in new ways. First, there will be en plein air sessions encouraging quick sketches. These sketches are reworked in the studio as part of a sketchbook to be used as reference for further development into a final painting. Second is the use of photography for both collage as well as reference for sketching. For me, these will both be new methods of working. These techniques will provide resource material to be added to my personal art process. I look forward to continuing to evolve my art through experimentation.


CONGRATULATIONS TO Robin Kissinger – 2021 ISEA EMERGING ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP

 Robin Kissinger

My father is German American, and my mother is Native American and African American having both Cherokee (Tslagi) and Blackfoot heritage. My work reflects my Native heritage and desire to use recycled materials. Mark Mehaffey’s “Mentoring to the Finish” session validated what I was trying to do as an artist. Everyone made me feel right at home.  I was able to connect and learn something from each and every artist there. The exhibit in the hallways of our instruction area at Mission Point reminded me of the expansive nature of experimental art and helped me to open my mind about future projects.

The gracious nature of the artists and the instructor freed me a bit to get my feet wet. And now I want to learn more. I learned about mixing paint to create new hues of color, and about the science of washes.

Where before the workshop I often made my pieces work accidentally with 


intentionality, I feel now I can start working on making my artistic vision more tangible. I make art like I write, in a stream of consciousness. Thanks to this workshop I am realizing that I can direct that stream, and where its water gathers is where we are trying to get creatively.

CONGRATULATIONS TO JUDY WEISS – 2021 ISEA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

Judy Weiss

Judy provided a description of her scholarship plans:

My goal in applying for the ISEA Scholarship was to develop my skills and techniques in felting for a new series on the landscapes and amazing sensory experiences of winter in Canada. The award has given me the opportunity to study mixed media felting under Ariane Marianne, from Paris, France via Zoom. The class focuses on colouring and embellishment of textiles, with special emphasis on paper, silk and wool felt. Students begin with mark-making to develop motifs and visual texture either for surface design, or as layers within our individual work. In conjunction with mark-making, I will also learn new colouring methods (acid dyes, inks, paints, cyanotype prints, digital printing) for silk fabrics,


Kozo (mulberry silk) paper, wool pre-felt and finished felt. The resulting materials will be put to use immediately as we learn techniques of nuno-felting (a very fine, lightweight, highly textural felt suitable for wall and wearable art). I am very excited to learn so much within the specific context of felting, because I expect it will be a prominent medium in my (provisionally titled) Winter Wonder series.

Click here to visit Judy's website.

CONGRATULATIONS TO KIMBERLY SANTINI – 2020 ISEA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

Kimberly Santini

Kimberly provided a description of her intent for the scholarship:

Expressive and intuitive figurative painter Stanka Kordic has hand picked a small gathering of artists for study in her studio this summer. This particular experience is a break from her traditional “show me the magic” sort of workshop (which I have attended in the past), and instead is geared towards seeking a deeper understanding of why we create. This is the first time she has opened her studio up for such an event, and it is an honor to be one of the few artists invited. I will be focused on expanding my toolbox of non-literal expression (from a mark making, tools, and conceptual standpoint) as I dig into the concept of dreams while painting from a place deep inside me.

Click here to visit Kimberly's website.


HALEY JOSEPH RECEIVES 2019 ISEA EMERGING ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP

Haley Joseph

In 2019, ISEA awarded a symposium-related scholarship to emerging artist Haley Joseph.  Haley attended the Mentoring Workshop with Kathleen Conover, the encaustic and cold wax demonstrations, and the ISEA Celebration Dinner and thoroughly enjoyed her time. As a “thank you” to ISEA, Haley helped with the exhibition reception and acted as local tour guide throughout the remainder of the symposium driving people to museums and points of interest in the Grand Rapids and Muskegon area. 


CONGRATULATIONS TO JILL LINDSAY – 2019 ISEA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER


Jill Lindsay

Thank you so much for choosing my essay as the scholarship winner. I am positively overjoyed that I won!  The essay I submitted truly epitomized how I feel as an experimental artist: limitless. I am so glad that my friend and art mentor, Beverly Yankwitt (a signature member) told me about ISEA three years ago.  It is a wonderful organization filled with artists that all share their own unique perspective on creating art.

Thus far I have signed up for a one-day workshop "Discovering the Pure Joy of Intuitive Abstract Painting" with Steve Rogers at the Florida Watercolor Society's yearly symposium in September. 

I am still in search of another workshop that will stretch my imagination. I prefer being in a classroom with other artists, as opposed to an on-line class.

Click here to visit Jill's website.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST ISEA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER – MARLENE GREMILLION


Marlene Gremillion

Thank you all for the wonderful scholarship.  I was so fortunate to be able to use it in the Carol Simmons Master Caning in Polymer Clay May 21 through 27 and learned so much.  She had us select colors from a photograph by using color selector on our computer and making up color samples to do our clay blending before designing our canes. Then we learned a variety of cane styles and then these were assembled into a large cane (the largest I have ever made and reduced).  When this was completed we took thin slices and assembled them to make a kaleidoscope design. Really a great workshop and I will put it to practice.

Marlene created a YouTube video going


through her experience taking Carol Simmons Master Caning in Polymer Clay workshop.

You can view Marlene's video here.


ISEA provides two scholarship opportunities:

A Scholarship Program for Members

Eligibility:

  • All ISEA members (except Scholarship Committee members and collaborative members).

  • Scholarship award winners must wait three years before re-entering.

Submissions received: July 1-15

Recipient notification:  July 30

Number of Scholarships:  3 recipients

Scholarship amount:  up to $500 USD

  • May be used for virtual training, one-on-one training, workshops, or college courses.

  • May not be used for supplies, framing, or travel expenses.
  • The scholarship will be paid directly to the instructor by credit card OR to the award winner once a receipt or invoice is sent to the scholarship committee.

Entry Process:

  1. Submit a Word document answering these three questions (word limit 350 words):
    1. What does experimentation in your art mean to you personally?
    2. How would the scholarship further your experimentation? (In other words, explain how receiving this scholarship would help you go beyond your current skill level, etc.)
    3. For what purpose will you use the scholarship award? (Cite specific workshop or instructor, tying it to goals in #2.)
  2. Send the Word document and an image of a work of art as attachments in an email to scholarship@iseaartexhibit.org. The work will not be judged for the scholarship. It will be used for promotional purposes only.

A Scholarship Program for a deserving emerging artist to attend a portion of the Annual Symposium


Eligibility:

  • Emerging artists from the locale of the upcoming Annual Symposium.

Scholarship amount:  up to $500 USD

  • May be used to cover the costs of learning opportunities and activities offered in the symposium.


Selection Process:

  1. Local Organizing Committee recommends candidates.
  2. The ISEA Executive Board approves the most deserving candidate.

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