2020 NWWF Scholarship and Barbara Pitts Award WINNER

 Zachary Ross 2020 Northwest Watercolor Foundation Scholarship and Barbara Pitts Award Recipient

The 2020 NWWF Scholarship and Barbara Pitts Award in the amount of $3500 was presented to Zachary Ross, a junior attending Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

He states that because of growing up enjoying the outdoors he feels most at peace in nature and finds beauty in living creatures. When painting animals or people, he imitates the form of the figure while using exaggerated colors and brushstrokes to leave the viewer with the same sensation they would feel if they were there in real life.

His professor stated that he spends more time than any other student in the studio outside of class time, and also informed us that in addition to being an art major, Zachary is enrolled and completing pre med requirements.

Because of our current health crisis, we will be foregoing the usual awards dinner and presentation, but wish Zachary the best in his artistic future.

This year we had 36 students apply for the scholarship. Students must be full-time art majors attending school in Washington, Oregon or Idaho. Each were required to send in five images of their art, complete an application, write an artist’s statement, explain their artistic background, include a letter of recommendation and an annotated list their of submitted art.

We are questioned sometimes about our award going to students painting in other media than watercolor. We support the students sending in 2-D art in any medium except computer, as we expect colleges to be interested in exposing their students to a wide variety of mediums and we want to see their best work, not just watercolors. Hopefully the encouragement of the Watercolor Society will inspire these students to explore watermedia more.

The Northwest Watercolor Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit arm of the Northwest Watercolor Society and supports emerging young visual artists by providing financial awards to committed, deserving students. Established in the early 1990’s, the award is presented annually.

For information about the scholarship to be awarded in the spring of 2021, contact Award Chairman Ann Breckon at annbreckon@gmail.com.

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