Brenau Awards $40,000 in Scholarships to Emerging Art Students

WADE 2014 High school students from across North Georgia took to Brenau University’s Gainesville campus Monday, Feb. 17 for a day of art, workshops, awards and came away from the 2014 Young Women’s Art and Design Exhibition with more than $40,000 worth of scholarships and cash prizes.

Lynn Jones, chair of the Interior Design Department at Brenau, said the exhibition, known as WADE, is a chance for young women as artists to get their work reviewed and entered into a juried show as well as experience college level classes at Brenau.

“This is one of the most important events we put on at Brenau and I’m proud to showcase the artwork of these young women,” Jones said.

The university awarded cash prizes and Brenau scholarships to 12 students including YuJin Kim of Johns Creek High School who won best in show for her work “Mundane Existence.” That earned  her a $10,000 scholarship to Brenau and $200 cash.

The works selected for the show were juried by photographer and journalist Lee Anne Romberg White, a Brenau University alumna who is a noted artist and photographer.

Speaking to students before the award show, White told the girls that, since this was a juried show, even if they didn’t earn a scholarship, they are all winners. She said that when she was selecting the winners she looked for an element of story in their work as well as a high level of quality.

The exhibition exposed the high school students to workshops and artists from various backgrounds including photography, sculpture, printmaking and design.

For more information and to view a list of winners and their art work visit http://www.brenau.edu/fineartshumanities/wade/.

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