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Florida Chapter of National Association Of Women Artists (NAWA) Presents Art Scholarships

On Wednesday, April 13th, the Florida Chapter of National Association of Women Artists will present scholarships to three extraordinary young women artists who are graduating seniors at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. The NAWA Florida Scholarship recipients will exhibit their work in the President’s Gallery during the school’s Digital Media/Visual Arts Spring Show from 5 pm to 7 pm. The Rickie Report applauds the scholarship winners and NAWA for supporting the next generation of artists!







Florida Chapter of National Association of Women Artists

Scholarship Presentation

Wednesday, April 13th

5 pm to 7 pm

President’s Gallery

Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

501 S. Sapodilla Ave.      West Palm Beach, FL 







The Scholarship Committee members, Janice Cohen, Beth Scher, Shirley Goldblatt, Andrea Huffman, Melinda Moore and Cynthia Maronet carefully evaluated eighteen young artists’ Applications, Artist Statements, Essay, Recommendations and photographs of work to select the three winners: Catherine Chen, Zoe Elakman and Samantha Vassor.




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“City Within Reach” by Catherine Chen 





Catherine Chen was selected to receive the NAWA Florida Scholarship in memory of Rita Schwartz. Lacey Van Reeth, Dean of Visual Arts at Dreyfoos School of the Arts says, “Catherine is an insatiable learner and creator who lacks the paralyzing fear of failure; complacency and idleness are what Catherine views as failure.” The ten images Catherine submitted are part of her “The Electronic City” portfolio. The Digital with Pen and Acrylic artwork addresses the digital world crossing with the real world.



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Zoe Elakman’s “Lymphoma” 3D Sculpture




Zoe Elakman focuses on the exploration of wearable sculpture created from a mix of materials. In addition to creating avant-garde fashions, Zoe expressed the mental and physical effects of chemotherapy in a series titled Lymphoma 1,2,3C, 3D to honor her father who was diagnosed with cancer last year. In his recommendation letter, Peter J. Stodolak, Digital Media Department Dean at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, told us that Zoe has passionately photographed the dance performances at our school for the last three years and is a bright, independent, and highly motivated artist




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Samantha Vassor’s “Wavelength”



Samantha Vassor creates surreal environments that influence the viewers’ perception while integrating political and social discussion to spark community awareness and change. Scott Armetta, Painting, Design and Critical Thinking Teacher at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, says, “Samantha’s work has a rare combination of an original, personal vision that can be appreciated by a very wide audience. Her intelligence and creativity are clearly shown in her pieces.” He adds, “That she has volunteered her time at the VA Medical Center and in Haiti helps illustrate her thoughtful kindness.”



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