2020 Scholarship Winners Announced
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The Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) Scholarship Committee met to select 14 students who received a total of $10,000 in scholarships and stipends. Normally, the student’s work is shown at Ojai City Hall along with an award presentation. This year, their work can be seen online at OjaiStudioArtists.org.
OSA awards its annual scholarships to qualified juniors/seniors in local public and private schools, and to college students who are resident in the Ojai Valley and are pursuing a career in the visual arts.
Since its inception, OSA, a 501 (c) (3) California non-profit organization, has raised over $244,000 for educational support. The scholarship program is a vital part of the organization’s mission and is financed by donations and funds raised during the Annual OSA Studio Tour and other fundraising efforts. This year, the tour is planned for October 10, 11 and 12, 2020.
Speaking for OSA, local artist Carol Shaw-Sutton said “We see this program as an important educational opportunity for young artists. They write an artist statement, organize photographs of their work, request letters of support from their teachers, and participate in an exhibition where they are asked to speak briefly about their artistic goals. We are hoping to grow this important aspect of OSA and give more money to talented students every year.”
This year’s recipients of the scholarships are Graceson Aufderheide, Brett Childs, Artemisia Polina Grasso, Saga Leslie, Arley Sakai, Tea Wallmakr, Lizbeth Zamora and Aliyah Zweig. The stipend winners are Kamile Fargher, Xavier Forsberg, Jocelyn Gonzalez, Dylan Holder, Esmeralda Velasquez, and Juning Zhang.
All of the students expressed their appreciation to Ojai Studio Artists. Artemisia Grasso, a student at Santa Monica College, seems to speak for them all when she said: Thank you for supporting me over the years and creating a safe space for young artists like me.