“I’M FASCINATED AND INSPIRED BY BOOK ARTS, AS FOR ME THIS FIELD HAS AN ENDLESS APPEAL AND POSSIBILITY FOR CREATIVE THINKING AND ENVISIONING IDEAS. IN MY BOOKS I EXPLORE VARIOUS APPROACHES TO CONNECTING UTILITARIAN WITH ARTISTIC, CLASSICAL WITH CONTEMPORARY, TRADITIONAL WITH UNEXPECTED PROSE WITH POETRY.”
"MY WORK IS ABOUT THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE SOCIETY. I SAW MANY STEREOTYPES IN THE LIFE IN MY ENVIRONMENT. TOTALITARIANISM, PATRIARCHY, AND INEQUALITY IN RUSSIAN CULTURE MOTIVATED MY RESEARCH AND THESE TOPICS INTEREST ME TO THIS DAY IN MY ART PRACTICE. ART PRACTICE FOR ME IS A WAY OF KNOWING THE WORLD AND PEOPLE, AS WELL AS A WAY TO EXPRESS MY POSITION."
"SCHOOLED AS A SCULPTOR, PASSIONATE ABOUT PAINTING, MY WORK INXORPORATES STRATEGIES FROM BOTH. AT TIMES RESULTING IN HIGHLY PHTSICAL AND TEXTURED SURFACES. CONVERSATIONS, NEWS HEADLINES, PEOPLE ON THE STREET, RANDOM THINGS SET OFF IMAGES FOR ME. CHAOTIC AT TIMES, INVITING HAPHAZARDNESS. THE FORMS THAT ARISE IN MY WORK APPEAR ORGANICALLY, WEAVING TOGETHER UNKNOWN THREADS OF EMOTIONS TO THE PAST WITH DIFFERENT MATERIALS AS I WORK IN CONVERSATION WITH THE PAINTING OR SCULPTURE. I WORK INTUITIVELY ALLUDING TO THE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF THE HUMAN FIGURE OR PARTS OF IT."
"THROUGH MY PHOTOGRAPHY, I FOCUS ON DOCUMENTATION OF DECEASED SPECIMENS. ACRUCIAL MONENT WITHIN A SPECIMEN'S OVERALL DECAY AND DECOMPOSITION. A PRECISE MOMENT IN TIME THAT WILL NEVER EXSIST IN THAT FORM EVER AGAIN...CONTINUING FROM MY PHOTOGRAPHY OF DOCUMENTING SPECIMENS, MY LARGE SCALE ABSTRACT WORKS ARE FORMED... COMBINING PHOTOGRAPHY, MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGES, MY WORK IS A CULMINATION OF MY RAW DESIRES, TENSIONS AND CURIOSITIES.
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
Alexander W. Dryfoos School of the Arts Ava Grave de Peralta , $500.00 The Irving B. Kahn Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Award
Alexander W. Dryfoos School of the Arts Amber Hansen, $500.00 Awarded The Robin Smaller Memorial Art Education Scholarship Suzanne K. Klein Donor
Jupiter High School Hunter Hansen, $500.00 The Irving B. Kahn Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Award
Palm Beach Central High School Lydiah Guillaume, $500.00 Awarded The Robin Smaller Memorial Art Education Scholarship Suzanne K. Klein, Donor
Wellington High School Azara Williams, $500.00 Women in the Visual Arts, Inc. Presidents’ Award
Our 26th Spring Celebration of High School Art was held via Zoom on April 3rd. Enjoy the work of these talented students here or for the best view watch on YouTube.
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.