AAG Visual Arts Scholarships and Guest Curator Award 2014

The AAG is offering more Visual Arts Scholarships for 2014


The annual statewide Arizona Artists Guild Scholarship competition began in 1993.  Over the years, AAG has given over $80,000 art awards to Arizona’s fine art students. Each year, art students from Arizona’s universities and community colleges are eligible to apply for these generous awards. A recent addition is the Guest Curator Award. Shemer Art Center and the AAG are working together as partners to continue to offer students the opportunity to organize a month long exhibition in Shemer’s five galleries.


Scholarship and Guest Curator Information

Monies Awarded:
The specific awards and amounts are determined by a panel of AAG and Shemer Art Center representatives. Their decisions are based mainly on quality of submissions, as well as the provided statement. The award money winners receive is directly deposited into the student’s college bursar account. Amounts have varied from $2,000 - $1,000 - $500. In 2013, one winner received $3,000 while the other winners received between 2400 and 1,000. Award amounts vary from year to year. Art Scholarship and Guest Curator winners will both receive award monies. In addition to the awards, AAG also offers all winners an honorary guild membership for one year.  Members can enjoy the benefits of networking with over 350 artists, receiving information about upcoming exhibitions, workshops and opportunities and participating in numerous AAG activities.

Members can enjoy the benefits of networking with over 350 artists, receiving information about upcoming exhibitions, workshops and opportunities and participating in numerous AAG activities. Members also have the opportunity to volunteer with AAG (a 501(c)3 nonprofit ) in varying ways. Such an opportunity is great for gaining experience in working within a community of dedicated volunteers and artists and for boosting the resume. In the past, some winners have gone on to volunteer as the scholarship chairs/co-chairs and have participated in some of the guild’s activities. All applicants are welcome to become members and active participants in one of Arizona’s oldest arts organizations!

Follow the link at the top of this page for a downloadable application. Fill out all appropriate sections. Those interested in the Art Scholarship should fill out the sections labeled (SA) and those applying for the Guest Curator fill out sections labeled (GCA). Applicants can apply for both awards and may receive money from each. Art Scholarship applicants must submit three jpegs of three or their current, original works of art on a PC compatible CD. To help clarify, students may present one additional detail image per artwork, for up to six images total.

The Guest Curator applicant chooses five jpeg images from the thirty sample works provided as “Examples for Curators” on the AAG webpage. The five images should be chosen with a specific vision in mind as a “curator” and submitted on a PC compatible CD in a specific order to be viewed. Each section (SA and GCA) of the application has a written element, a Personal Statement and a Curator’s Statement that explains the rationale for the artwork created and/or chosen. Scholarship winners will exhibit their artwork at the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix for the month of March or April (see time line below). The exhibition will be curated by the chosen guest curator of the prior award year. Applicants awarded the guest curator position this spring, can shadow the one working on the exhibit for this year’s scholarship winners.

Characteristics of Winning Entries:   


Mail completed application packet to:
 AAG Scholarship / Guest Curator 
 c/o Gayla R. Bonnell
 2360 E. Cheryl Dr.
 Phoenix, AZ 85028                   



Please contact Committee Co-Chair Tristyn Bustamante, tbustama@asu.edu
For a downloadable application CLICK HERE
For Guest Curator Job description, CLICK HERE 

All scholarships, Guest Curator awards and exhibitions are made possible by our generous donors, the Arizona Artist Guild and the Shemer Art Center.

News Release for the 2014 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Chairs Tristyn Bustamante and Gayla Bonnell announce the 2014 awardees.

The Arizona Artists Guild is pleased to announce that it has awarded $8,000 in Visual Arts Scholarships for 2014 year. Award recipients receive scholarship money deposited directly into the student’s college bursar account. In addition, they receive a one-year Arizona Artists Guild membership.

The Arizona Artists Guild Scholarship is an annual statewide competition that began in 1993. Over the last decade, the AAG has given over $80,000.00 to university enrolled fine art students in the State of Arizona. Full-time enrolled art students in any university or community college in Arizona are eligible to apply each year.

In addition, this year’s scholarship exhibition marks the continuation of the new Guest Curator award! The Guest Curator Award provides one recipient with a fantastic opportunity to be the sole curator of the following year’s award exhibition. The winner for each year will also be given a monetary support in the spring, following the award year, as part of the award and for their efforts. The second gust curator for this year’s exhibition is Heather Couch, who was also a scholarship recipient from the 2013 award year. Couch is currently curating the New Art in Arizona exhibition at the Shemer Art Center, which will be up March 27th-April 24th 2014. Details of the location are:

Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Tuesdays - Saturdays: 10 AM – 3 PM and Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 PM
* For more information about the event. Please contact the current guest curator
Heather Couch at heather.couch@asu.edu

Recipient’s Presentations:

On May 20th at 7pm this year’s award recipients will be presenting their work during the end of year potluck dinner and meeting. Each winner will give a 10 – 15 minute PowerPoint presentation of their work. Come see what kind of new work student artists are working on! There will be a chance to mingle and meet the artists and the curator after the presentations. We hope to see you there!!

This years award recipients are…

Erin O'Dell Award - Elizabeth Redmond Odiorne, MFA ASU Fibers- $1,000
Bolinger Sculpture -Shiyuan XU, MFA ASU Ceramics - $500
Ruth S Magadini Award - Shiyuan XU, MFA ASU Ceramics - $1,000
Mary Lou Harvey Award -Thad Trubakoff, MFA ASU Woods- $2650
Marigold Linton Award - Andrew (AJ) Nafziger, MFA ASU Painting/Drawing - $1,500
Arizona Artist Guild Award - Wen-Dan Lin, MFA ASU Ceramics- $1,000
Shemer Art Center Guest Curator Award - Colleen Donohoe, MFA ASU Printmaking - $1000

Elizabeth Redmond Odiorne

Shiyuan XU

Thad Trubakoff

AJ Nafziger

Wen-Dan Lin

For a list of previous winners, please see below. To see samples of work by previous winners, please CLICK HERE and scroll down to the second half of the page


2013 Winners:
Madison N Creech, $3,000 Gerry Grout Award - Fibers
Kelly R O'Briant, $2,450 Diane Maxey Award - Ceramics
Jenny M Day, $1,550 Arizona Artists Guild Award - Painting
Allyson K Glowacki, $1,000 Ruth S. Magadini Award - Painting
Heather Couch, $1,000 Erin O'Dell Award - Ceramics
Heather Couch, $1,000 Shemer Art Center Guest Curator Award - Ceramics

2012 Winners:

Tristyn Bustamante, $2,000 Arizona Artists Guild Award - Ceramics
Jacob Fischer, $2,000 Gerry Grout Award - Drawing and Painting
Yoni Pozner, $1,000 Gerry Grout Award - Digital Arts and Film
Sarah Rowland, $1,000 Ruth S. Magadini Award - Drawing and Painting

2011 Winners:
Kathleen Scott Moore, $1,500 Arizona Artists Guild Award - Printmaking
Julia Jones, $1,000 Gerry Grout Award - Painting and Drawing
Kelsey Wiskirchen, $1,000 Gerry Grout Award - Fibers
Benjamin William Phillips, $1,000 Ruth S. Magadini Award and
$500 Arizona Artists Guild Award - Sculpture

2010 Winners:
Angela Young, $1,000 Gerry Grout Award - Printmaking
Judd Schiffman, $1,000 Arizona Artists Guild Award - Painting
Andrea Jensen, $1,000 Ruth S. Magadini Award - Painting
Chad Gunderson, $1,000 Gerry Grout Award - Ceramics

2009 Winners:
Eleanor Richards,  $1,000 Gerry Grout Award - Sculpture
Olivia Timmons, $1,000 Gerry Grout Award - Printmaking
Terri Krallitsch, $1,000 Ruth S. Magadini Award - Painting
Shelly Flores,  $1,000 Arizona Artists Guild Award  - Photography

2008 Winners:
Gwyneth Scally, $1,000 Ruth S. Magadini Award - Painting & Sculpture
James Coquia, $1,000 Arizona Artists Guild Award  - Ceramics
Gazelle Samizay, $1,000 - Digital Media
Tina M. Notaro, $1,000 - Sculpture



Bright Flight
Gayla Bonnell
Co-Chair Scholarship Committee

Tristyn Bustamente
Co-Chair Scholarship Committee


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