One of the most important outreach programs of The Woodlands Arts Council is the awarding of thousands of dollars in art scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. In 2020, in celebration of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival’s 15th Anniversary, TWAC awarded one winner a $15,000 scholarship in addition to other awards totaling nearly $30,000. The winner of this outstanding honor was Rylee Hollis of The Woodlands College Park High School.
“Awarding art scholarships to talented students is one of our organization’s key contributions to the future of the arts in our community and beyond,” said Dr. Maria Holmes, President of Board of TWAC. “Our board and staff are dedicated to keeping this very worthwhile program going strong, even in these challenging times. It is our mission and our legacy to encourage arts education and to support emerging artists in everything we do. Since we began the scholarship program 14 years ago, we have awarded a total of $298,000. Our heartfelt thanks to our generous friends and sponsors for helping make this possible over the years.”
Applicants were evaluated in areas including but not limited to: 2D Art, 3D Art, Digital Art, Photography and Literary Arts. The entries were judged on artistic merit as well as their potential to add to the cultural voice of our community.
Eligible students began submitting art portfolios in a variety of media to the Council earlier this year, to be judged by a panel of five professionals in the arts including Glade Gallery curator Joseph Staley; retired CISD English teacher Cathy Smith; professional painter Patty Burroughs; professional photographer John Hallett and retired CISD Art teacher, Betty Arnold.
Additional winners include:
Crystal Scott, The Woodlands High School - $2,000
Maya Furtado, The Woodlands College Park High School - $2,000
Evie Linantud, The Woodlands High School - $2,000
Mia Robertson, The Woodlands College Park - $2,000
Sidney Boyles, The Woodlands High School - $1,000
Cross Lawn, The Woodlands High School - $1,000
Madeline Sinkovic, The John Cooper School - $1,000
Abigail Bagnoli, The Woodlands Christian Academy - $1,000
Quifan (Cathy) Zhang, The John Cooper School - $750
Ignacio Arias Valdivia, The Woodlands High School - $750
Spencer Johnson, The Woodlands High School - $750
David Pinedo, Caney Creek High School
Melanie Lopez, The Woodlands High School
Anthony Weeks, The Woodlands High School
Marisol Villareal, The Woodlands High School