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2017 Gold Grant Winner

 Mari Shibuya 2017 Northwest Watercolor Foundation Gold Grant Scholarship Recipient

The Northwest Watercolor Foundation is pleased to announce Mari Shibuya as the winner of the 2017 Gold Grant Award Scholarship in the amount of $2000.

Ms. Shibuya is in her third year of study with the Kang O’Higgins Atelier at the Gage Academy of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. She was selected based on the skill of her imaginative and provocative drawings and the maturity and clarity of her statement and biography. She also serves as a teaching assistant and teaching artist for the Teen Art Studios at Gage and would ultimately like to earn an MFA, combining her interests in philosophy and art as a college professor.

An award dinner was held for Ms. Shibuya on April 25 and the scholarship was presented at the NWWS general meeting in Bellevue.

Four other applicants were awarded smaller amounts as an encouragement to their studies in art.

Each student must include an application form, a letter of recommendation from an instructor, a statement about what art means to them, a biography that includes their introduction to art, a photo of themselves and five images of their art. The Northwest Watercolor Foundation is a nonprofit arm of the Northwest Watercolor Society. One of its purposes is to support emerging young visual artists by providing financial awards.

Established in the early 1990’s the Gold Grant Award is presented annually to promising artists enrolled in a college or university in Washington, Oregon or Idaho.

Full-time undergraduate art majors, including graduating college seniors enrolled in a community college or university in Washington, Oregon or Idaho and working in a variety of two-dimensional media are eligible for the Foundation’s annual Gold Grant Award.

For information about donating to the Foundation, or to apply for the Gold Grant to be awarded in the spring of 2018, contact Gold Grant Chairman Ann Breckon at annbreckon@gmail.com.

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