The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Announcing our 2014/2015 Scholarship and Award Recipients

The Penn State School of Visual Arts would like to congratulate all of the students who received awards or scholarships (see below for complete list). Our scholarship program has expanded in recent years, mostly due to the generosity of our alumni. Every gift, no matter how modest, is incorporated into our general scholarship fund. We look forward to continued support from alumni. Procedures for gift giving can be found at http://sova.psu.edu/giving.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The award is made to honor excellence and achievement in scholarly pursuit, artistic endeavors, and service contributions made by undergraduate and graduate students within the schools and departments of the College of Arts and Architecture
Eligibility | All undergraduate and graduate students, including students in their final semester of study

DANNY FERRELL
Danny Ferrell graduated in May with a B.F.A., drawing and painting concentration. His recent exhibition in the Patterson Gallery featured a series of large paintings that were described as “powerful and vivid, containing innovative painting techniques combined with sharp experimental effects, and a highly charged eroticism.” As Danny explains, “my paintings are energetic archives of my invisible past and emerging present.” Danny has  participated in ten group exhibitions over the past two years. He was a merit award winner in the 2012 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, and a nominee for the 2013 Yale Norfolk Summer Art and Music Program. In his faculty nomination, Danny is described as “a curious, talented and perceptive studio artist, committed to a critical and political painting practice.” He works with faculty as a teaching assistant, helping professors with the delivery of the curricula.  His commitment to his studio and studies is exemplary.

CAROLINE HUBBELL
Caroline Hubbell graduated in May with a B.F.A., drawing and painting concentration. Caroline was born in New Orleans and raised in several different places in the eastern United States, living in Pennsylvania for the past nine years. She is known for creating artworks that display an unerring honesty that captures moments, gestures, or an unflattering action, found among her encounters with friends and acquaintances. In her words, she says her works are “not portraits of humans but rather portraits of  emotions or other personal feelings that I wish to express. I accomplish this by using symbols, gestures, words, and metaphors.” Caroline’s faculty nomination describes her as “quick, articulate, funny, and subversive, in a good way” and as someone who “demonstrates a powerful work ethic, and a determined pursuit of artistic freedom in her work and ideas. She stands in the top 5% of students that have passed through our program.”

SARAH SWIST
Sarah Swist graduated in May with her M.F.A. She recently held her thesis exhibition, Big as Life and Twice as Ugly. As she explains, “what people habitually sweep up is the linchpin holding my work together; the residual leftovers, the forgotten—my paintings make a spectacle of these scenes.” Professor Helen O’Leary had this to say about Sarah’s work: “every now and then you come acrosss someone whose first language is the touch, tactility and the raw heft of paint and it stops you in your tracks.” Sarah’s work has been shown in twelve exhibitions at Penn State and throughout Pennsylvania, and in Brooklyn, NY, and Akansas. Her M.F.A. program has been supported by a graduate assistantship, and travel grants. She taught General Education and Foundation courses, as well as serving as as Digital Fabrication assistant in the program and  Special Project Volunteer with the Frost Entomological Museum at Penn State
 

TAYLOR WATKINS CERAMICS AWARD
Awarded in memory of Taylor Watkins, alumnus of the School of Visual Arts Ceramics program
Donor| Anonymous
Eligibility|  An outstanding undergraduate student in the area of ceramics
PRESTON VAN ALLEN

BRUCE SHOBAKEN UNDERGRADUATE HONORARY ENDOWED AWARD IN PRINTMAKING
Presented in honor of Professor Emeritus Bruce Shobaken for his dedicated service to the University as an outstanding instructor
Donor| Professor Robin Gibson
Eligibility | Students with demonstrated excellence in the area of printmaking
CHRISTINA STAVROS

EDWIN W. ZOLLER ART SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded in memory of Edwin W. Zoller, professor emeritus of art
Donor | Mrs. Edwin W. Zoller
Eligibility | An outstanding student in the area of painting
EDEN YUNG, YASSER MAHMOUD

GRAHAM RATH SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded in memory of Margaret Graham Rath, and her husband, Charles J. Rath Jr.
Donor | Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Howe
Eligibility | Full-time undergraduate student enrolled or planning to enroll in a B.F.A. program in the School of Visual Arts, and who has displayed promise of outstanding academic success
GWENDOLYN YOUNG

JAMES THOMPSON WATTS TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Visual Arts with a demonstrated financial need
Donor | The Estate of James Thompson Watts
TIFFANY BRAGUNIER, TYLER ROSE, CYNTHIA SHERRY

GRAY FAMILY TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Visual Arts with a demonstrated financial need
Donor | Mr. and Mrs. John M. Gray
SUE YOUNG KIM, KEVIN MESZAROS

JEAN MITCHELL GRAY, CLASS OF 2013, TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Visual Arts with a demonstrated financial need
Donor | Mr. and Mrs. John M. Gray
MICHAEL THEROUX, GWENDOLYN YOUNG

ALICE SCHWARTZ-MATTIL AWARD IN ART EDUCATION
Donor| Edward L. Mattil and Alice Schwartz Mattil
Eligibility | Awarded to full-time junior and senior students enrolled in the Art Education program whose goal is teaching. Winners selected by the Art Education faculty.
ZACHARY ARTZ, ABIGAIL STORM

LESLIE P. GREENHILL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Awarded in memory of the late Leslie P. Greenhill, retired senior professor of education at Penn State
Donor | Randall and Gillian Greenhill Hannum
Eligibility | Student who has exhibited a serious involvement in and commitment to photography
LEAH EDER

DOROTHY HUGHES YOUNG ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FOR ART EDUCATION
Awarded to provide recognition and financial assistance for students pursuing studies in cultural and ethnic diversity in the arts and significant artistic endeavors in a foreign country (i.e. seminars, performances, summer study programs, semester abroad, etc.)
Donors | Ronald C. and Dorothy Hughes Young
Eligibility | Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all full-time students who have reached the junior, senior, or graduate level and are currently enrolled in Art Education with plans for a career in teaching
ASAVARI THATTE

BRIAN BETZLER MEMORIAL AWARD
Awarded in memory of Brian Betzler, a former Penn State Student
Donors | George Betzler Jr. and George Betzler Sr.
Eligibility | Full-time junior or senior student in the School of Visual Arts who has exhibited exemplary artistic achievement
MORGAN MILLER, GIULIA LIVI

WILLIAM J. AND LOIS KESTERSON LEIGHT MEMORIAL FUND
Awarded to students enrolled full-time in the Penn State School of Visual Arts on even numbered years
Donor| Colonel WilliaM J. Leight
Eligibility| Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student in the School of Visual Arts
MONIKA DANIS, YIYUN ZHANG

ART EDUCATION OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD
Eligibility | Selected by the student teaching supervisors in Art Education
MEGAN WHITE, FALL 2013; BRITTANY GIBSON, SPRING 2014; JESSICA GRENTZ, SPRING 2014

MARGARET GIFFEN SCHOENFELDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded in memory of Margaret Giffen Schoenfelder, a Penn State Architecture graduate and a water-colorist throughout her life
Donor| Otto W. Schoenfelder
Eligibility | Given to an exceptional student studying painting
GIULIA LIVI, VICENTE ORTIZ CORTEZ

REUBEN AND GLADYS GOLUMBIC SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Paula Strada, Art Education

One of the most significant awards in the College of Arts and Architecture, the Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award was established by Ed Eckl (’55 B.S. Chemistry) to recognize students who have demonstrated superior design, humanistic, and performance records and who have proven their potential for significant contribution to the arts and humanities.  

Paula Strada grew up in Lake Ariel, a rural area in northeast Pennsylvania, and graduated as salutatorian from Western Wayne High School.  She is currently pursuing a bachelor of science degree in art education with a minor in art history. Her particular interests include the connections between laboratory and studio processes. Her current research investigates the role of architecture in visual arts education with the intent of understanding how students consider the idea of working as an architect through artistic means. Professor Steven Carpenter describes Paula as “an exceptional student who has excelled inside the classroom in her studies in art education and art history.” According to Professor Carpenter, “Paula’s work demonstrates her inherent curiosity in curricular challenges and pedagogical implications of offering young children opportunities to engage critically in content and experiences that have been all but omitted from conventional K-12 educational experiences, in this case, the presence/absence of architecture in the formal learning experiences of young learners.”

Photo Caption: SoVA Director Grame Sullivan presents Yiyun Zhang, William J. and Lois Kesterson Leight Memorial Fund Recipient, with her award certificate.