Since its founding in 1989, Women in the Visual Arts, Inc. has offered scholarships to talented women, in need of support, who have applied and are accepted into a graduate school art program. Opportunities have been given to many women who otherwise would not have been able to continue their studies toward a Master’s Degree in Art.
Criteria for our WITVA Graduate Education Scholarship awards are based on candidates’ talent, as evidenced by submitted work, grade point average, recommendations from their college professors, and financial need. After approval from the WITVA Scholarship Committee, finalists must make a presentation of their work at a WITVA general meeting where they verbalize their artistic intent and their future goals. After awards are then finalized, the winners receive recognition and
the WITVA treasurer sends 100% of award proceeds to the awardee’s school of acceptance, which is directed toward their tuition.
In addition to any awards, WITVA gives a One Year Gift Membership to the College Scholarship winners."
To make a donation please contact, Myrna Rodkin
Our first-place winner is CLAUDIA NEWMAN, who states, “I create soulful representational images that feature a close analytical examination of the subject yet remain emotional and intimate. I draw inspiration from nature’s simple beauty and my approach relies heavily on observation and drawing.”
Claudia originally graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Photography. Since then, Claudia has found a true medium of expression in oil painting. Claudia is just finishing her first year in Florida International University’s Master’s in Fine Arts Graduate Program. Claudia received the Velia Sweet Scholarship Award of $4,000.00.
She attends Florida International University in the Master’s in Fine Art Graduate Program. Elizabeth states, “There’s something about emptiness that can be dark, ominous, and infinite. Sometimes we find ourselves drowning in it. Eyes speak the secrets of our soul.”
Elizabeth’s mediums are oil & acrylic paint. Elizabeth served as an assistant instructor at Imago Gallery where she helped children and adults of different ages understand the deepest concepts in art and perform art therapy techniques combining music and paint. Elizabeth now enjoys being an instructor and looks forward to becoming a professional artist. Elizabeth received the Velia Sweet Scholarship Award of $2,000.00.
Since beginning this program in 1997, Women in the Visual Arts, Inc. has invited art students from Palm Beach County high schools to participate in our WITVA Spring Celebration of High School Art. The prize money and awards are donated by WITVA's Scholarship Fund, The Irving B. Kahn Foundation, The Dermatology & Aesthetic Center, Inc, and Delray Buick GMC. Many WITVA members and friends of the arts are also contributors with both their money and time.
Since 1997, well over $265,000. has been awarded. Each teacher receives a Certificate Of Appreciation for their support of the students and their involvement in making the program such as success.
The event is held at Sugar Sand Park where the work is on display to the public in the Community Center for the month of March. An Awards Reception is held for the exhibitors on the final day of the exhibit.
This year the event was held virtually due to the pandemic.
Our Spring Celebration of High School Art 2021 was held via Zoom on April 11th. Enjoy the work of these talented students here or for the best view watch on YouTube.