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EAA scholarship supports art students

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By Sara Miller

The Evergreen Artists Association is known throughout our mountain community as an organization that promotes the visual arts by supporting working artists. What many people don’t know is that EAA also supports emerging art students with its Youth Scholarship. Funds raised from donations throughout the year are used to support this merit-based scholarship, which is applied toward college tuition for one high school senior. This year’s first-place scholarship was awarded to Conifer High School senior Caitlyn Maloney.


On Wednesday, May 16, EAA members gathered at Main Street Fine Art Gallery to award scholarships to five local art students with scholarships. Seniors from four high schools in the mountain region compete for this award, filling out applications and presenting portfolios of work for examination by a judging committee of EAA members. Past winners have gone on to study art at a variety of institutions, including California College of Arts & Design, University of North Texas, Rocky Mountain School of Art & Design, and Prescott College in Arizona. One recipient is now designing movie sets in Hollywood.
This year’s winner, Maloney, got serious about her art studies when she began taking classes as a freshman at Conifer High. During her four years of study, Maloney found her artistic niche with a focus on painting and ceramic sculpture. Maloney was encouraged by her ceramics teacher, Torrey Carlton, to apply for the EAA scholarship.
Maloney spent several weeks organizing her body of work and creating statements of inspiration for each piece.
“The application process forced me to get serious about my art,” Maloney said. “I had several pieces that I had created as class assignments, and I had to remember the thought process I used in creating them. Documenting this process and inspiration was the hardest part of the application.”
Maloney’s portfolio included watercolor and acrylic paintings, a line drawing and several sculptures. Many of Maloney’s pieces were inspired by animal structures — not necessarily the animal in its living form, but a deconstructed representation of animal parts such as skulls and spines.
“A couple of my ceramic pieces are wall hangings. They are almost like three-dimensional paintings when they are finished. I was interested in the structure of animal spines, so I created a repetitive pattern, layering these spine structures in the pieces.”
For her variety in body of work and thoughtfulness in presentation, Maloney was awarded the EAA Scholarship Award of $1,500. Maloney will apply this toward her education at Colorado State University, where she plans to major in art education. EAA also awarded one Artistic Merit Award in the form of a $250 gift card to Meininger Art Supply to Clarissa Brobst. The selection committee also awarded three Honorable Mention Awards to Madelyn Moran, Luke Cook and Abigail Lierheimer.
The EAA Youth Scholarship, previously known as the Jackie Miller Memorial Scholarship, is one of the most important projects funded by the EAA Art Festival, held in August of every year. The scholarship has provided opportunities to artistic youths from the mountain area for more than 30 years.

Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.