2022 NWWF Scholarship and Barbara Pitts Award WINNER

Jaime Crain is our 2022 Northwest Watercolor Foundation Scholarship and Barbara Pitts Award recipient.

The $3500 Award was presented to Jaime Crain, is a 22 year old senior at Whitworth University in Spokane WA. Jaime lists an impressive variety of art studies taken, including drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, book design, history and more. She has been involved in numerous activities within the Whitworth Art and Design Department, the University’s Artists Cooperative and the yearbook editorial team and is completing a double major in fine art and graphic design, as well as a minor in creative writing.

Her application was submitted along with a prepared statement, biography and annotated list of 5 paintings, all done in a very professional presentation. She states that her work explores the intensity of certain emotions, memories and dreams, using the human figure.

Her paintings showed a consistent body of work, with figuratives painted on larger wood panels, incorporating the wood grain into the art.

In his very complimentary letter of recommendation, her professor said Jaime will be one of the very few President’s Cup recipients this Spring, with a flawless grade point.

There were 30 applicants for the scholarship this year, and the jurors agreed that Jaime was a very deserving award recipient. We wish her all the best as she moves into a career as an artist. 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 2023, contact Award Chairman Ann Breckon at annbreckon@gmail.com.

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