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 Scholarships 2021
by Radhika Sharma
The Olive Hyde Art Guild recently concluded the Olive Hyde Art Scholarships Virtual Reception 2021. The following is a list of student winners, their artist profiles, and the awards:
Christina Wang, Mission San Jose High School, awarded the $2,000 scholarship for the pursuit of visual arts in higher education. Aathavan Senthilkumar, JKF High School, Recipient of $250 art supplies gift certificate. Amy Zhu, Mission San Jose High School, Recipient of $250 art supplies gift certificate. Rinna Mae San Gabriel, Ohlone College, awarded the $2,000 scholarship for the pursuit of visual arts in higher education. Ram Churun, Ohlone College, Recipient of $250 art supplies gift certificate and Arpi Varonikyan, Ohlone College, Recipient of $250 art supplies gift certificate.
“Art has always been a part of my life since I was a child. I used to make dresses for my dolls!” says Arpi Varonikyan. This desire to be creative led to her working with different materials. Arpi finds inspiration through a variety of themes and muses. Some notable influences include mythology, Greek goddesses, fantasy and lore. She particularly experiments with things outside reality in her art work.
Christina started drawing at an early age and in 7th grade had the opportunity to take some art classes.
Christina has decided to pursue art as a career and likes to bring stories to life through pictures. Christina is particularly adept at concept art, design and illustration.
Referring to her self-portrait created in AP class, Christina explored the imperfection of her own physical features. Christina hopes to pursue a job in concept design and illustration.
Christina’s advice to young students is sincere, “Practice is so important! Practice every day and share your work and let other people see it and critique and improve.”
Rinna Mae San Gabriel
Rinna has been drawing since she was little. Rinna became passionate about art in high school and wanted to hone her craft. Most of Rinna’s current work deals with political issues as Rinna feels that it is important for an artist to use their platform to speak about issues.
Rinna keeps up with the news and chooses to create what resonates with her. Her favorite medium is oil paint and pastels and her advice to young artists is solid, ““Strive to be the best artist you can be. There is always room for improvement!”
Ram notes that when he was a young child, his mother would make images of dinosaurs and he would color them. Over time Ram was creating characters from favorite TV shows and still life work. Ram’s portfolio consists of observations from his life as a child of Indian immigrant parents. “Memory isn’t something you remember exactly,” says Ram. Ram’s plans after college include a freelance practice of art as art is a significant part of his life.
Ram hopes to use his technical skills to produce pieces for commission. His favorite medium is charcoal and appreciates pencil sketching and the range of value of charcoal. Ram’s advice to budding artists is to try many mediums and ideas. “Never wait for inspiration! Push yourself and always keep working!”
Aathavan began drawing in preschool with markers and colors and then moved to graphite, charcoal and several different mediums.
Aathavan is the recipient of the PTA Reflections Award and has never taken a lesson and is a completely self-taught artist. He likes to explore many different mediums including inking and acrylic painting.
Aathavan practices whenever he has time and finds that art is very cathartic. Aathavan’s portfolio consists of his ruminations on man and technology. Aathavan’s favorite medium is inking and he likes how it makes the art challenging. Aathavan will be a freshman in mechanical engineering this Fall and will incorporate his passion for design with art. His advice to young artists is, “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Practice for every portrait and feel free to fail and learn from mistakes!”
Amy’s favorite art medium is oil paint and digital art because of the vibrancy and flexibility of the medium. Her portfolio consisted of images offering tribute to her school wrestling competition. Amy’s advice to budding artists is to appreciate the process of creation and avoid being too self-critical.
We are pleased to highlight the 2021 Art Scholarship finalists in our virtual gallery.
The 2021 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