Arizona Artists Guild’s Annual Visual Arts Scholarships

Thanks to generous donations from a number of various donors over the years, AAG has been able to award over $100,000.00 in scholarships since the start of the program in 1993. Each year in February, full-time fine art students from Arizona’s universities and community colleges are able to apply for these awards.
In addition to the scholarship funds, AAG has partnered with Shemer Art Center and Museum to host an exhibit of scholarship recipients’ work. This is a significant opportunity for art students to have work shown at the prestigious museum.  Both organizations have a long history with the Arts in Arizona.

For Scholarship award information, please read below. To download the application for the AAG Scholarship click here: 2018-2019 Application. For a list of previous winners and to see images of their work, please CLICK HERE. To read about some of our donors please scroll down.

Scholarship Information

Monies Awarded:
A total of $10,000 will be awarded.

Marigold Linton Scholarship $1500 | Ruth Magadini Scholarship $1000 | Erin O’Dell Scholarship $1000 | AWA-Del Decil Scholarships (3) $1000 each for watermedia | AAG President’s Scholarship $1500 | AAG Scholarship (s) –  remaining $3000 will be divided among selected artists as  determined by the jurors.

Juror 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 for the following fall semester.

In addition to the monetary awards, AAG also offers all winners an honorary guild membership for one year, a value of $45.

AWA/Del Decil Student Scholarship Award for Water Media
AAG has partnered with the Arizona Watercolor Association scholarship program which is based, in part, on a monetary legacy bequeathed from the Del Decil estate to AWA for student scholarships.  This program offers up to three (3) scholarships of $1000 each, to be awarded to the student (s) whose artwork demonstrates artistic merit and achievement in the area of water-media.  The winning student (s) receives a scholarship of $1000 to the school of their choice for tuition/books/art materials.

Water Media includes:  watercolor, gouache, acrylic paint, inks, casein paint & tempera, water-soluble pencil or crayons when used in a painting manner and at least partially dissolved.  May combine with pencil or pen/ink.  Surface:  Paper, illustration board, Yupo, watercolor board, canvas.

Stella Waters Decil (Del) was a prolific oil and watercolor artist and longtime member of AWA.  A popular workshop instructor and juror in Arizona and New Mexico, she was a teacher of painting and drawing for the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.  She critiqued art students at Maricopa Tech and was a juror of the Youth Division AZ State Fair.  She was published in numerous magazines and newspapers, and her paintings hung in several collections in 20 states.

Members can enjoy the benefits of networking with over 350 local and professional artists, participating in exhibitions, workshops, professional 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 (especially for students) for gaining experience in working within an arts organization and among dedicated artists as well as for boosting one’s resume. Past winners have gone on to volunteer as the scholarship chairs/co-chairs and/or on the exhibitions committee, held board positions, and have participated in some of the guild’s activities through workshops and presentations. All applicants are welcome to become members and active participants in one of Arizona’s oldest and finest arts organizations!

Follow the link for a downloadable application. Fill out all appropriate sections. Art Scholarship applicants must submit three jpeg images of three or their current, original works of art on a PC and MAC compatible CD. To help clarify, students may present one additional detail image per artwork, for up to six images total. Image sizes should be no larger than 2000 pixels in either direction and should be saved at 200-300 dpi.
The application has a written element, a Personal Statement that explains the rationale for the artwork created. Scholarship winners are required to exhibit their submitted artwork at the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix during the spring (see time line below).

Characteristics of Winning Entries:
1.Choice of Artwork: The artwork is the most important part of the application. Although the panel of jurors differs each year, in general, jurors want to see cohesive quality work. Applicant’s chosen pieces should be strong and relate to each other (i.e. style, medium, theme etc.).

2. Complete applications: Incomplete applications may not be juried.

3.Concise writing: The personal statement offers the jurors additional insight into the work, providing context and details that may not be apparent in the images.

4.Timely applications: Incomplete/late applications will not be juried. Applications must be mailed to the address listed and will not be accepted any other way. Any applications without a postmark or postmarked past the deadline will not be accepted.

5.Good Images: Important for the scholarship applicants- Poor image quality takes away from the work. Images should be clear, sharp and well lit. Blurry images cannot be juried.


  1. Applicants must be continuing, full-time undergraduate or graduate students in a fine/studio arts program at a college or university in Arizona.
  2.  The application is open to international students as long as all requirements are met. State residency is not a requirement.
  3.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and all artwork must be original and not more than 2 years old.
  4. Previous winners of an AAG scholarship are ineligible.
 Students should apply as many times as possible as long as all requirements are met. Many applicants apply 2-3 times before they are awarded.
  5.  Winners must be willing to exhibit the work submitted, plus 1-3 additional pieces and are available to give a short presentation at the award reception and the May AAG meeting. Please see the timeline below for details.
  6. Winners are responsible for arranging drop-off and pick-up of their work to and from Shemer for the exhibition. Pieces will not be shipped back unless an agreement is made.
 Once the work leaves Shemer Art Center, Shemer and AAG are not responsible for any damages to the work that occur. Here is a copy of the Shemer Loan agreement: Loan Agreement
  7. Submission postmark deadline is February 1, 2018 – NO EXCEPTIONS. 
Be sure to use the checklist on the application and adhere to the timeline below. Agreement forms must be thoroughly read and signed.
  8. Submission materials cannot be returned to the applicants.
    All application packets must be mailed to:

AAG Scholarship
PO Box 41534 | Phoenix, AZ 85080

Application postmark deadline:  February 1, 2019
Notification, via email only: on or before February 9, 2019
Exhibition dates: March 26 – April 25, 2019
Drop off of artwork: March 22 & 23, 2019
The Awards Reception: 6:00 -8:00 PM, Thursday, March 28, 2019
Pick-up of work: April 26 & 27, 2019
Winner presentations at AAG:  6:00-9:00 PM, March 19, 2019

Contact Scholarship Chair,  or  AAG past scholarship recipient and Student Liaison, Laura Korch Bailey at

Download the 2018-2019 Application

To see samples of previous winners work, please CLICK HERE

Scholarship Jurors
As stated in our by-laws, jurors for AAG events are required to be listed as Juried Members of AAG. Scholarship jurors serve a short term and are of a diverse range of backgrounds and knowledge in art. All jurors are artists and often affiliated with both AAG and Shemer Art Center.

Scroll below to learn more about them.

To find out more about becoming a Juried Member for AAG, please CLICK HERE

Zach Valent

Zach Valent, Scholarship C0-Chair

Most recognized for creating fictitious fossils relative to modern society, Zach Valent’s art engages the imagination of the viewer by blending the aesthetic qualities of geological processes with idealized representations of advancing civilization. In the past, Zach fabricated the artificial remnants of outdated technologies such as rotary dial phones and Polaroid cameras. However, his recent work is centered on more powerful images that stand as icons of current consumer culture such as large stacks of wasted paper and gasoline cans. A wide range of materials including concrete, ceramic, wood, paper, and casting resins are used in his work.

 Zach graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. Currently, he is living and working in Phoenix, Arizona where he is steadily progressing to achieve a Masters of Fine Arts Degree with a focus in sculpture at Arizona State University. Zach is also an Instructor of Record at ASU and has taught Sculpture 1 and 3-D Design. Zach has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship, and a Windgate Charitable Foundation Award.

Tess Mosko Scherer, Scholarship C0-Chair

Tess Mosko Scherer excavates human emotions and archetypal energies that prevail in our human nature. She explores the imbalances between the complex machinations of our inner world and the outer world in which we are seen.  There is an intimate quality to her work which is revealed when experienced up close. Subtle detail, texture, and often words, are found in the compositions of simplified forms and color.  She works with water color, pastels, colored pencils and graphite on paper, which is often incised and torn.  The torn pieces are sewn together with waxed Irish linen thread to convey complex and universal themes.

Mosko Scherer has a diverse background in the arts.  She co-founded Scherer Gallery in 1983 representing international contemporary artists, specializing in glass art until 2006.  Since 2012, she has served on the board of the Arizona Artists Guild, initially as Secretary, then Treasurer, and currently as President.  She was named one of the ‘100 Creatives’ by the Phoenix New Times in 2016.  Additionally, she was the Artistic Director of Shemer Art Center and Museum from 2015-2017. In 2017,  she joined the eye lounge collective gallery. In addition to her studio practice, Mosko Scherer has a private practice coaching and mentoring artists.  Mosko Scherer is the Director of Curriculum and Facilitation for the World Academy for the Future of Women, ss a program facilitator and serves on the advisory board.

She is a member of several art organizations including the Sonoran Arts League, Art Link and Art Intersection.  Her work is represented by Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery, Prescott, is exhibited nationally, has won several awards in juried shows in Arizona. including the 2018 Statewide Exhibition, Best in Show award.

Layne Farmer, Juror (past scholarship recipient)

Layne Farmer’s organic abstractions are an examination of a myriad of relationships which aim to emphasize integration and harmony. His work possesses both a romanticized approach to the pursuit of formal aesthetics, as well as a metaphorical contemplation between tangible elements within the constructed object and conceptual concerns revolving around social, political, economical, cultural, and other significant topics of our time.

Maintaining a sense of naturalness or spontaneity is a pillar for the work. At the same time, embedded in the process, are implications of the mechanical, the digital, and the contrived. The principles and motives for Layne’s work are not enforced as a declaration in order to persuade or promote, but rather, presented as a neutral space inviting absorption, meditation, and reflection. While his chosen dialogue surrounding the work may reveal an essentialist platform, the ambiguity thats exists in these abstractions leaves room for non-essential permeations.

Layne Farmer received his BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He received his MFA in Painting & Drawing at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. His work has been exhibited internationally including: +Arte Galeria, Quito, Ecuador; Kura Gallery, Itoshima City, Fukuoka-prefecture, Japan; Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ; Contemporary Art Space, Qingzhou, China; Renmin University, Beijing, China; Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix, AZ; and Fine Arts Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ.

Laura Cohen-Hogan

Laura Cohen-Hogan, Juror (Shemer Art Center)

Laura Cohen-Hogan received her BFA in painting and drawing from Arizona State University and University of Hawaii. Always wanting to teach, Laura received her Masters of Art Education, Secondary Education Degree, Special Education and and Administrative degrees from also from ASU.  She grew up as a teacher in the Cartwright School District, and became a school and district administrator in Pendergast and Glendale Elementary School Districts. Retiring in 2001, she became a clinical professor at ASU until 2010.  While an art educator, Laura was also a middle school art teacher for Parks Recreation after school and a summer art teacher, summer art director at Camp Teva in Prescott and Camp Tatiyee for the Lions’ Club camp for the Disabled.  Laura’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in juried exhibitions, solo exhibitions, and she has participated in First Fridays and Art Detour in Phoenix since 2002. Most recently, she was invited to Curate the 2015 Herberger Winter and Spring exhibitions and offered a  solo exhibition at the Herberger in January, 2016 and solo exhibition at Shemer Art Center November 2016.

Currently, Laura is a Herberger Gallery Artist at the Arizona Center, and is the Membership Chair for the Arizona Artist Guild. | | Studio 6 @ the Artery – First Fridays

Ann Osgood, Juror (AAG)

Ann Osgood was raised in Southern California and left to finish a BFA in Drawing and Painting at the University of Hawaii. A bit after graduating Ann moved to the base of the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. The desert immediately cast a spell and she has lived here since then. Ann opened The Upstairs Gallery in Apache Junction and taught for Central Arizona College. Eventually she moved to Deer Valley and taught in the public schools for many years. Now she is a full time painter who enjoys working in a variety of styles. She has a studio at the Artery in downtown Phoenix.

Ann was the Phoenix Magazine Artist of the Month of January 2017. She had a busy past year with solo shows at (9)The Gallery, 180 Automotive Gallery, Urban Beans Cafe and St. John’s Episcopal Gallery. She was in the Four Artists Show at the Ice House Gallery, Just 10 Group Show at Wham, 2 Person Show at Grinders Coffee Shop, and Ladies Who Paint Show at 11th Monkey Gallery.  She was also juried into the Glendale Art Council Show (First Place Acrylics), The Arizona Artists Guild Winter Show (Best of Show Award),  and the Arizona Artists Guild 90th Anniversary Show at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.  For more information:

Dyanne Locati, Juror (AWA)

I currently spend my winters in the Phoenix, AZ area and summers in Portland, OR – The best of both environments! I’m very active in the art communities in both areas.

Education has played an important role in my career. I continue to take workshops, seminars and classes on a regular basis. For five years I owned and operated the Locati Creative Art Center, which involved teaching and organizing workshops and class in all media. I continue to teach a variety of art classes, workshops, and jury both colored pencil and mixed media art shows locally and nationally.

I continue to be involved with many art organizations including: Signature member of National Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society and Colored Pencil Society of America, Contemporary Watercolorist of Arizona and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. I’m a Past President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and Colored Pencil Society of America. I was instrumental with the structure and formation of CPSA. For six years I served on the national board as Executive Vice President and Director of International Exhibitions. For over twenty five years I have been a member of SPLASH, an Oregon professional artist group; member of the Arizona Watercolor Association and an invited member of The Critique West Group. I was juried into membership of Vanguard Artists and the Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona, which a select group of 40 artists.

I have artwork published in and on the cover of fifteen fine art books in the United States, England and France;  have been honored with many awards and various accolades, including 3rd place in the prestigious International NWS show. Please view my artwork at the Portland Art Museum – Rental Sales Gallery, Portland Oregon.

Our Donors and Supporters

All AAG scholarships, curator honorariums and exhibitions are made possible by our committed members, generous donors, the Arizona Artist Guild and the Shemer Art Center.
Thank you to our donors, members and volunteers for your ongoing commitment and contributions to the arts in Arizona and to AAG. Such awards, opportunities and organizations would not be available without your ongoing compassionate support and participation. Thank you!

To find more information about donating please CLICK HERE.

List of Donors 2008-2018:

Arizona Artist Guild and its members
Arizona Watercolor Association
Shemer Art Center and The Roney Family Foundation
Glendale Arts Council
Marigold Linton
Ruth S Magadini
Erin O’Dell
Diane Maxey
Mary Lou Harvey
Tom Bollinger
Gerry Grout


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