Arizona Artists Guild (AAG) is pleased to announce the 28th annual call for applicants for the AAG Visual Arts Scholarships. On average 4-6 scholarships are awarded each spring. Since inception, AAG has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships. This year $10,000 will be awarded. Up to $3000 will be available to student/s working with Water Media (watercolor, water based ink, etc).
The primary focus for each applicant should be quality, a cohesive body of work and clear documentation, along with a well written personal statement.
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.
For Scholarship award information, please read below. To download the application for the AAG Scholarship click here: 2021 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.
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Entry deadline: April 1, 2021 | Midnight
Notification, via email only: April 7, 2021
Email additional images for virtual exhibition: April 16, 2021 | 5:00 pm
Virtual Exhibition dates: April 20-May 20, 2021
The Awards Reception/Presentation via Zoom at AAG: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 6:30-8:00 pm.
A total of $10,000 will be awarded.
Marigold Linton Scholarship $1700 | Ruth Magadini Scholarship $1000 | Erin O’Dell Scholarship $1000 | AWA-Del Decil Scholarships (3) $1000 each for watermedia | AAG President’s Scholarship $1500 | AAG Baldwin Family Scholarship $1200, and AAG Scholarship $600.
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.
AWA/Del Decil Student Scholarship Award for Water Media
AAG has partnered with the Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA) 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.
AAG also offers all winners an honorary guild membership for one year. This provides opportunities for growth in networking, leadership and mentoring along with juried exhibition opportunities and workshop engagement. Recipients can enjoy the benefits of networking with over 350 local artists, participating in exhibitions, workshops, professional opportunities and in other AAG activities. 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. All applicants are encouraged to become members and active participants in one of Arizona’s oldest and finest arts organizations!
Applicants must be a studio/fine [visual] arts undergraduate or graduate major.
An unofficial transcript: A current and full unofficial transcript. Sent with the application.
–Resume: A 1- 1 ½ page (word doc) resume highlighting your education, related experience and affiliations, awards and exhibitions. Try to keep it within the past 5 years.
–Digital jpeg Images: Please submit via email jpeg images of 3 of your current (of the past 2 years) works of art. Artists may present one additional detail image per artwork, for up to 6 images total. Size requirements are 300 DPI and no larger than 2000 pixels at the longest dimension. Each image must be saved with the last name of the artist and the number corresponding to the image list described below (i.e., Smith-1.jpeg).
–Video, performance and/or sound based work are eligible to submit. If there is a component of a physical piece, which is electronic or kinetic, etc. please describe it in the “mediums” part of your image list. Applicants with new media work may inquire further to discuss appropriate presentation of work for viewing.
–Image List: Please include a list of your artwork: image number, title, year, medium and dimensions in inches. If it is a detail, write “detail” next to the title. Numbers should correspond with the jpeg image names. The applicant’s name should be at the top of the numbered list.
–Personal Statement: Please include, 300-600 words, word doc. Briefly describe your submitted artwork and the rationale for its creation. State your educational and/or career goals, in relation to your interest in the arts. Describe your aspirations, and what values you hold important in your development.
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 will not be considered.
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: Late applications will not be considered. Applications must be emailed by the deadline stated in the application.
5. Quality Images: Poor image quality takes away from the work. Images should be clear, sharp and well lit. Blurry images cannot be juried. Avoid distracting backgrounds.
- Applicants must be continuing, full-time undergraduate or graduate students in a fine/studio arts program at a college or university in Arizona.
- The application is open to international students as long as all requirements are met. State residency is not a requirement.
- Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and all artwork must be original and not more than 2 years old.
- 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.
- 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 at the AAG meeting. Please see the timeline below for details.
- Be sure to use the checklist on the application and adhere to the timeline below. Agreement forms must be signed.
- Submission materials cannot be returned to the applicants. All application packets must be emailed to: Scholarships@ArizonaArtistsGuild.net
Contact Scholarship Chair, Scholarships@ArizonaArtistsGuild.net
To see samples of previous winners work, please CLICK HERE
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. To find out more about becoming a Juried Member for AAG, please CLICK HERE
Scroll below to learn more about them.
Tess Mosko Scherer, Director, AAG Scholarship Committee
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, holding many positions including Past President, Director of Outreach and Scholarship programs. 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. an artist member of the eye lounge collective gallery from 2017-2020. In 2020 she was named Executive Director of the Arizona Art Alliance.
In addition to her studio practice, Mosko Scherer has a private practice coaching and mentoring artists. Mosko Scherer is a program facilitator for the World Academy for the Future of Women.
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. MoskoScherer.com
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.
Currently, Laura is the Membership Chair for the Arizona Artist Guild. email@example.com | www.cohenhogan.net
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.
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: AnnOsgood.com
Dyanne Locati, Juror (AWA)
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
David Lloyd Bradley, Juror (AAG)
A native of Louisiana, David earned his BFA in Painting from La. Tech University and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of North Texas. In between his undergrad and graduate education, he served a two year apprenticeship in pottery making at Marshall Pottery Co.
Bradley has maintained his own art practice while serving as full time Fine Art faculty at Paradise Valley Community College. In his role as educator, he has led Study Abroad programs to Mexico, China, Vietnam, and Cuba. He believes that international travel is the best educational opportunity for everyone.
He joined AAG in 2010 and is past president. Currently he is Vice President of Art and co-chair of the Community Outreach Program which has offered free monthly art classes for veterans and those touched by suicide.
Bradley is the recipient of excellence in teaching awards from the National Association of Community Colleges and from the American Association of Community Colleges.
He has an extensive exhibition record, having exhibited his work in galleries throughout the United States and Europe. davidbradleyart.com
Our Donors and Supporters
AAG scholarships and exhibition are made possible by committed members and generous donors.
To find more information about donating please CLICK HERE.
List of Donors 2008-2021:
Arizona Artist Guild and its members
Arizona Watercolor Association
Shemer Art Center and The Roney Family Foundation
Glendale Arts Council
Ruth S Magadini
Mary Lou Harvey
Joyce and Harold Baldwin