Join us for the virtual Scholarship Awards presentation and reception!
The Olive Hyde Art Guild scholarship reception and awards presentation will be held virtually this year on Friday, May 29, from 6-7 pm.
The scholarship finalists, in alphabetical order are:
- Sakina Damani, Ohlone College
- Isa Eugenio, Ohlone College/Alsion Montessori High School
- Alan Henriquez, Kennedy High School
- Sophie Lin, Ohlone College
- Hanbyul Oh, Mission San Jose High School
- Jaiminy Qiu, Mission San Jose High School
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the awards presentation as we celebrated these talented young artists in our virtual gallery.
Olive Hyde Art Guild Awards Scholarships to Art Students
Tri-City Voice, by Seema Gupta
In their commitment to further visual arts in the community, Olive Hyde Art Guild (OHAG) in Fremont announced its annual scholarship winners for the year 2020 at a virtual ceremony held on May 29th, which was attended by many art enthusiasts and supporters. It almost didn’t happen this year because of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, but with the creative insight of the Scholarships Chair, Dina Robiolo and her team, unique ways were devised to carry out the program that has been in place since 2000.
Every year OHAG has been awarding scholarships for outstanding artistic talent to Fremont high-school seniors who intend to pursue Visual Arts at college level. The program has evolved over the years and in 2018, was extended to Ohlone College students as well. However, the two category of students compete separately. This year, two 1st place winners from each pool of applicants were awarded $2000, sent directly to the college or university they will attend in Fall 2020. Two runners-up from each category respectively, received $250 gift certificates from Blick Art Supply. The high-school teacher of the 1st place winner also got $500 for classroom art supplies.
Thirty students submitted applications for the scholarship this year. Each applicant was required to submit portfolios of their best artwork for the competition. Artists Adriane Dedic and Simone Archer served as the judges and they felt that the students’ work covered a wide range of abilities, hours of experience, and practice of skills. According to the program chair, the finalists were selected on the basis of “technical craft, expressive and conceptual content, originality, and what the artists wrote in their applications,” as well as letters of recommendations from teachers and professors.
A retired educator, Simone Archer is a multi-media artist working with oil painting, tile work, and fused glass. Her largest public art project involving handmade tiles is located in downtown Livermore and took two-and-a-half years to complete. Simone’s focus nowadays is on plein air painting, art commissions and her yearly December open studio art show & sale. “The real subject of every work of art is the artist,” Simone said when asked about her experience jurying. “Each artist has shared their soul and that is what we respect & honor in this show.”
Adriane Dedic has degrees in fashion design and printmaking. After a long career that spanned from fashion illustration to advertising to graphic design to high-tech marketing, she has most recently been creating figurative textile collages that are machine and hand stitched, often called ‘drawing with thread’. Adriane said that the students’ “draftsmanship, originality, conceptual ideas, and mastery of various techniques made selecting the top winners extremely difficult.” She was very impressed with their passion to pursue a career in art, and she wishes them great success.
Among this year’s finalists were Hanbyul Oh and Jaiminy Qiu, both from Mission High School, Alan Henriquez from Kennedy High School and Sakina Damani, Isa Eugenio, and Sophie Lin from Ohlone College. All of the work submitted for consideration was exceptional at all levels. The complexity and the depth of the work exhibited a high level of maturity. The students clearly have a promising career ahead of them, and the Guild is proud to be helpful in their pursuit of arts.
Alan Henriquez of Kennedy High School was the 1st place winner, recipient of $2000 scholarship. He will be attending Cal Poly this Fall for graphic communications, where he hopes to learn “state of the art methods and principles of design” to enrich his knowledge. Alan’s dream is “to create works of art that empower and speak to the minority groups,” such as the Latinx community that he is a part of. Alan is involved in several clubs at school, for example, the National Honors Society, Interact (public service club), and many cultural clubs including the Vietnamese, Korean, and South Asian. He is also the president of his school’s GSA, Prism.
The other 1st place award of $2000 went to Isa Eugenio, who is concurrently taking classes at Alsion Montessori High School and Ohlone College. Isa will attend California Institute of the Arts in the Fall to pursue graphic design and continue to explore fine art mediums. She feels that “attending an art school would be the best approach to access high-quality facilities and supplies and professors who work in and are well-connected with various art fields.” Her current art instructor at Ohlone College is highly impressed with Isa’s “willingness to integrate technology” with her creative instinct, resulting in artwork that is “visually striking, rich in process, and bold in content.”
Sakina Damani and Sophie Lin of Ohlone College, and Jaiminy Qiu and Hanbyul Oh from Mission High School, all received gift certificates from Blick Art Supply. Having received the Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program, Hanbyul Oh plans to develop his art by designing structures and building 3-D models in the architecture program at Syracuse University. Jaiminy Qiu plans to study animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York, as she would like to bring her many storytelling ideas to life.
Sophie Lin has already had a solo exhibition, titled “Dear Me,” at the Louie-Meager Art Gallery and many of her paintings have earned Best of Show awards at various art shows on campus. Sophie will enroll in the illustration program at Cal State Long Beach later this year. Sakina Damani has received awards for Drawing and 2-D Design, and will be attending San Jose State University this Fall to pursue her BFA Degree in Graphic Design.
We are pleased to highlight the 2020 Art Scholarship finalists in our virtual gallery.
1st Place, Kennedy High School
1st Place, Ohlone College
Honorable Mention, Ohlone College
Honorable Mention, MSJ High School
Honorable Mention, MSJ High School
Honorable Mention, Ohlone College
The 2020 Scholarship program has concluded
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 in an online forum. The awards will be announced 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 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 May.
The 2020 Scholarship application process has been completed.
- 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