By Bronwyn Mroczkowski
Two new art scholarships, the Esther Buchwald Scholarship and the Crispin Webb Art Endowed Scholarship, were awarded to two senior art students this year.
Senior art major Mindy Stevens was granted the Crispin Webb Scholarship. Senior art major Liz Misich won the Esther Buchwald scholarship as well as another grant from the Crispin Webb Scholarship. This is the first year that the art and design department has awarded the two scholarships. The scholarships will continue to be awarded each school year.
The $5,000 Esther Buchwald Scholarship is given out by Ariel Foundation, located in Mount Vernon. There are $20,000 worth of scholarships available for art and design students annually, including two $2,500 scholarships for freshmen, two $1,250 scholarships for sophomores, two $1,250 scholarships for juniors and two $5,000 scholarships for seniors.
According to the Ariel Foundation’s website, the foundation is proud to support people and projects whose missions are to improve the quality of life in the Mount Vernon, Ohio, area.
The Crispin Webb Scholarship is a memorial scholarship for alumnus Crispin Webb. The $500 scholarship was created by MVNU art alumni and the art department to assist seniors with their senior project gallery shows.
Although the scholarship was awarded for the first time this year, the art department has been raising funds for eight years through the annual ArtAlum Art Exhibition and Auction. All proceeds raised go directly to the Crispin Webb Art Endowed Scholarship.
Liz Misich, from Madison, Ohio, was awarded both the Crispin Web Art Endowed Scholarship and the Esther Buchwald scholarship.
According to Misich, the scholarship process included an individual interview with a judging committee made up of art and graphic design faculty and alumni. The senior art students displayed their artwork from their senior projects, an artist statement and an artist resume.
“In the interview, we told the judges about our work, how we got to where we are, and where we are going,” Misich said. “Then the panel was free to ask questions.”
The interview lasted about 15 minutes in front of nine judges. “The decision was a close one, from what I hear, which I think is great because that means the senior show will be amazing and have some great variety,” said Misich.
Misich cites her time at MVNU as a fundamental part of her growth as an artist.
“Mount Vernon’s art department is outstanding at forming little artists,” Misich said. “The professors have helped me to think objectively about my art, to take a step back and take myself out of the equation when it comes to art.
You learn to see the world another way and find how important the subtleties in art and life are.”
After graduating this spring, Misich plans to attend graduate school for a master’s degree in art therapy and to continue making art.
Stevens, who is from Windermere, Fla., was also grateful and honored to have been awarded the Crispin Webb Art Endowed Scholarship.
“I felt completely blessed to win the scholarship,” Stevens said. “I try to keep the mindset that everything I do should be as unto the Lord. I knew I wanted to bless God with my art, as well as with my work ethic.
“Crispin Webb was an amazing artist. I never had the privilege of meeting him, but I am humbled to receive the scholarship named in his honor,” Stevens said.
Stevens believes that the MVNU art department has helped her to develop as an artist.
“I have been stretched in my philosophies, my willingness to learn and take risks, and in my beliefs. The more I learn, the more I realize there is to learn,” Stevens said.
After graduating, Stevens wants to work at Disney in its art and design department. Stevens plans to return to school to get her MFA.