Each year, the Olive Hyde Art Guild provides scholarships to students who are pursuing higher education in art.

The recipient must:

  • Be a Fremont high school senior or Ohlone College student
  • Be a Fremont resident
  • Have firm plans to include visual art classes at the college level

The scholarship is to be used at an accredited school/college for classes of visual arts. 6 winning students will be honored and their work showcased at a reception on Friday, May 17, 2019. The awards will be announced during the reception after final judging. Art work submitted as jpg or pdf on a thumb drive must be available for the final judging.


  • The student must provide a portfolio of artwork. Minimum 4, maximum 6 pieces. Submit samples of your work on a thumb drive.
  • The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 at time of application.
  • The student must provide a written letter of recommendation from their Fremont High School art instructor (creativity/ability) or Ohlone College art professor and submit an unofficial transcript (GPA/school attendance/classes taken) directly to the selection committee.
  • The student must have written permission of parent/guardian if under 18.
  • The student must be available the evening of the reception, May 17, 2019, from 6:00 to 9:00.
  • The applicant is not required to demonstrate financial need. The award will be made on artistic merit.

Scholarships are awarded as follows

Ohlone College students and Fremont high school students will compete separately. Each group will receive the following:

  • The first place winner receives $2000
  • Two honorable mention winners will each receive $250 gift certificates from Blick Art Supply.
  • The high school teacher of the first place winner will receive $500 for classroom art supplies

Awards will be sent to the Financial Aid office of the school/college each recipient is attending, and is not renewable.


6 recipients are selected in April. All awards are presented during the May event reception.

Application Process

Applicants should complete the application neatly and return it, with samples of artwork (clearly labeled with name, artwork title and date completed), to the address on the form by the stated deadline. Letter of recommendation and unofficial transcript should be mailed separately to the scholarship committee (must be mailed, please do not take to the gallery).

Scholarship Committee, Olive Hyde Art Guild
P.O. Box 3073, Fremont, CA 94539

2019 Scholarship Application


  • Proof of acceptance from school/college is required prior to awarding of scholarship
  • Olive Hyde Art Guild reserves the right to hold a public show of applicants’ work
  • Olive Hyde Art Guild reserves the right not to award a scholarship

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winners

Muses and Moments: Olive Hyde Art Guild Scholarship Awards Reception 5.17.2019

Radhika Sharma
Images by Preston Merchant

2019’s Olive Hyde Art Guild’s Scholarship reception featured six artists and their work; the Art Guild felicitated these artists with honorable mentions and a $2000 award in two categories.

The finalists were seniors Shuyan Chen from American High School, Lillian Guo from Mission San Jose High School, and Ashley Lau from Irvington High School. There were also 9 applicants from Ohlone College. The finalists were Alyssa Campos, Aaron Godwin and Vanessa White.

Guest jurors were artist and guild member, Kay Hille-Hatten, and Carolina Gainey-Vejar, gallery curator at the CSU East Bay University Art Gallery.

Kay has been a consistent exhibitor at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont, CA since 1992, is a member and past president of the Olive Hyde Art Guild and a member of the Fremont Art Association, Bay Area Book Artists and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. The main focus of Kay’s art today is artist books, photography, printmaking, paper making and jewelry design.

Carolina Gainey-Vejar is the University Art Gallery Curator at Cal State East Bay, in Hayward. She is a local east bay artist with a personal commitment to supporting the arts and networking with other emerging artists. She began working as an art handler and lighting technician in 2012 and then received her BFA from Cal State East Bay in 2014.

These jurors selected six artists from the applicants. The $2000 prize winners also received a one year membership to the Olive Hyde Art Guild. The four honorable mentions received a $250.00 gift card from an art supply store. These six artists shared their thoughts about their work, their processes, muses and their future plans. Megan Olsen from American High School was the winning High School professor.

Aaron Godwin Honorable Mention

Entitled For Love Eternal Aaron Godwin’s work is an intimate and close up look at his hometown of Manteca.

“These photographs are an attempt to reconcile anger, pain and loss,” says Aaron. Truly, the photographs are intimate and stark and offer close ups that make the viewer want to linger and go deeper. Borne out a desire to create a project that would do double duty as therapy and catharsis, Aaron is deeply inspired by the work of war photographers. Aaron believes in the power of the still photograph and that powerful images can bring early closure to war and suffering. Aaron is going to school to be a war correspondent and plans to transfer to San Francisco State University. Aaron’s advice to budding artists is, “make something beautiful before you die”

Lilian Guo High School Category Honorable Mention

Working in mixed media, Lilian Guo has a philosophy behind each one of her works. Lilian started sketching in elementary school art class and made realistic sketches close of real life. Encouraged by teachers she took up painting outside class in middle school. She also took an AP studio art class and is now establishing her focus on drawing and design and did a session at the CSSSA, the California State Summer School for Art. Her most recent achievement is being accepted in for a program in the school of art Institute of Chicago.

She considers the guitar, the red and blue painting, visually the strongest. Also, the painting of the turtle is also dear to her heart.

Lilian recommends that younger artists take risks and explore different areas and not be afraid to fail.

“You can learn from your failures every time. Step out of your comfort zone and you will be surprised at what you can create!”

Ashley Lau High School Category Honorable mention

Amongst the artists featured, Ashley has probably the most unique muse – her sister.
“I have been drawing her since she was a toddler,” says Ashley with a smile, “She is my muse- I am constantly trying to understand her!”

Ashley’s process is meticulous and complex. She finds inspiration in photographs scrolling through them and then picks an image. Subsequently she sketches the images, creates layout, composing it to canvas and colors.

“The hardest part is getting started and figuring out the mood I want to portray. Then it’s rendering the face with paint.”

Ashley’s future plans include majoring in 2D/3D design at the University of Alberta in Canada.
Ashley has astute advice for beginners, “Build your skills and practice a lot. Style and message matter as does technique. Paint a lot to create a seamless transition from mind to paper.”
Being part of the shortlist came as a surprise to her and is amazed at the work of her peers, especially Shuyan and Lilian. “I learned a lot from drawing my sister this year as my AP Studio Art concentration,” says Ashley. She plans to continue to follow her passion in drawing people in order to understand them better.

“I learned a lot from drawing my sister,” says Ashley. She plans to continue drawing people in general and following her passion and understanding people better.

Vanessa White Honorable Mention

Vanessa says that she has made art periodically throughout her life and taken a lot of art classes in high school. She says that she is “amazed” at her personal growth and received several awards during her art displays at Ohlone College.

Vanessa says that the clay model was the hardest to create as the model kept breaking. In contrast, photography was easier as it was simpler to go out and find an idea and implement it.
The two photographs of 18X20 of group of kids in the graveyard illustrating the recklessness of youth and the blurry 16X20 of 11.11 are a case in point.

Vanessa White will be attending Sacramento State in Fall and plans to do a BA in interior design and continue her focus of building more comfort in people’s homes.
She advises young artists to find a balance between time management and creativity. “Keep in mind the deadline as the client should not be disappointed.”

Alyssa Campos $2000 Scholarship Prize winner

Mostly a self taught artist Alyssa started young and started drawing at the age of 3 or 4. In the year 2018 she took up a new medium painting and mixed media 3 D design. Her current teacher Dina Rubiolo, the OHAG scholarship chair encouraged her to try new mediums. Alyssa is an admirer of Aaron Godwin’s photography and encourages budding artists to “just try it all” and keep on making art in all possible forms.

Her personal favorite work, is the mixed media, 3D design clock. The wireframe clock took about 15 hours over two weeks to make and talks about the passing of time, the inevitable questions of immortality vs. mortality.

Her themes revolve around the places people call home and the beauty of everyday life and is often drawn to make images and art that meditates on the same.

Alyssa has been accepted to Cal State East Bay and will focus on graphic design during her time there.

Shuyan Chen $2000 Scholarship Prize Winner

“First the idea comes to me. Then I sketch the idea in a thumb nail, and if it appears alright, I proceed with them. Then I outline it on canvas and add layers after layers of paint till it becomes as detailed as possible.”

Soft spoken Shuyan spoke at length about her work and images.

“I am fascinated by old traditional portraits and hence decided to create these images of European young ladies.” Growing up in China, Shuyan had only seen similar paintings in books and online and did not have access to museums or tours. While Shuyan started learning about art at age 9, it was not until two years ago that she started making these European paintings. Each painting takes one to three weeks to create.

Shuyan moved to the United States at age 16 and then became aware of artists and how they could make a career out of passion for art.

She characterizes her paintings as simple and infused with a desire to “dig deeper”. When people look at her paintings, “they should look at restful harmonious scenes and also be aware of the harmony of colors”.

She advises budding artists to follow their passions and keep at it no matter how different their work may be from other artists. Her future plans include working as an illustrator with publishers and going to art college.

As all the artists have pointed out repeatedly, the depth of creativity in this year’s featured Olive Hyde Art Guild scholarship art is truly remarkable.

Congratulations to our
2019 scholarship winners!

OHAG Scholarship chair Dina Rubiolo and $2000 prize winner Alyssa Campos


OHAG Scholarship chair Dina Rubiolo and $2000 prize winner Shuyan Chen


Finalists Lilian Guo and Aaron Godwin