One of the important things that Tri-State Sculptors does as an organization is to offer our annual scholarships. Doing this provides financial, professional, and emotional support to the recipients of the award. We also hope that doing this will also generate interest in our organization and hopefully keep these gifted students involved in Tri-State.
Again, we had another competitive year. This years decision was particularly challenging to our Scholarship committee and it was decided by the board to offer three scholarships instead of the usual two. The Graduate Student Scholarship was awarded to Aisling Millar McDonald of East Carolina University. Two Undergraduate Scholarships were given to Ally Favory of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Jordan Parah of East Carolina University.
Aisling Millar McDonald is currently preparing for her upcoming Thesis Exhibition. Aisling creates sculptures inspired by Irish iconography and knot-work. Fabricated steel is her favorite medium to work with. Aisling hopes to continue working in higher education after graduation.
Ally Favory recently graduated from UNCW with her degree in Studio Arts. She is currently working in Graphic Design and searching for a studio space to rent in hopes of creating more artwork to expand her portfolio. When asked about her favorite medium she stated, “Steel, found wood, and handmade paper seem to attract me the most but every time I learn something new, I already start thinking of ways it could be incorporated into another piece.”
Jordan Parah is preparing to graduate from ECU this spring. Jordan’s favorite material and process is steel fabrication. Jordan is currently researching Graduate Programs and also plans on pursuing Welding Certifications after graduation.
We wish the best to these students on all future endeavors! Congratulations to this group of talented artists. We are excited to see what the future holds for you and hope that you stay involved with Tri-State. We would also love to hear all of you speak at the 2015 conference at UNCW.