Krylon® Announces Winners of its Fourth Annual Clear Choice Art Scholarship Program
Five Students Receive $1,000 Awards, Nine Others Receive Product Packages
CLEVELAND —Krylon®, the inventor of the first aerosol clear coatings to preserve priceless artwork, understands the importance of investing in the artists of tomorrow. The company has recognized the creativity and originality of 14 student artists as winners of its fourth annual Clear Choice Art Scholarship program. In total, the program, which was open to high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores, awarded more than $11,000 in scholarships, grants and art supplies to the students and their schools.
“Krylon is pleased to recognize the artists of tomorrow while helping to provide them with opportunities to further their skills and pursue their dreams,” says Katherine Merkle, Krylon brand manager. “And, we’re excited to be able to extend the winnings to their high school art programs, offering packages of our artist sprays and adhesives for use by other art scholars.”
The top five winners received a $1,000 scholarship and $70 worth of Krylon products. Winners were selected based on a portfolio of their work, along with artist statements, letters of recommendation and school transcripts. Each of their high schools will also be given a $500 art program grant and a Krylon product package valued at $250. Winners include:
- Callie Fink,Foothill High School (Santa Ana, CA): Academic Excellence Award for Art in 2010, 2011 and 2012; Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts, Student Art Invitational Best in Show 2011 and 2012, Third Place 2009, First Place 2008; Teacher’s Aid and Volunteer Art Aid; CSF volunteer for Kid’s Club of Santa Ana, Second Harvest Food Bank, Club Strive at Trinity Church; Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do; plans to attend Irvine Valley College with a focus in art.
- Esmé McFerrin, Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL): Marie Walsh Sharpe Summer Seminar Scholar; Young Arts Merit Award Winner; Arts Alive Visual Arts Scholarship Winner 2012; Maryland Institute College of Arts Academic Excellence Scholarship; Scholastic South Region-at-large Gold Key Portfolio; Vice President of Osceola County School for the Arts National Art Honor Society; National Honor Society member; Volunteer Mission Mississippi, Ronald McDonald House (Orlando); plans to attend Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus in interdisciplinary sculpture.
- Brian Wang, John F. Kennedy High School (La Palma, CA): AUHSD and the Anaheim/Activities Foundations’ Annual Art & Photography Exhibition: First Place for painting and water color, Best in Show and Second Place in black and white drawing, and Board Trustee Scholarship recipient, La Palma’s Memorial Day Ceremony Art Contest: Second Place, Pursuit of Excellence Award at Kennedy High School, Gold Key Winner: Painting, Design and Drawing; Key Club Bulletin Editor, employed at Chloe Noel Skate & Sportswear as a graphic designer; plans to attend California Institute of the Arts with a focus in character animation.
- Isaac Daniel Smith, Bowling Green High School (Bowling Green, OH): District Congressional Art Award Winner; received one Silver and two Gold Keys in the Scholastic Regional Art and Writing Awards; Silver Medal for Art Portfolio in the Scholastic National Art and Writing Awards; Youth Soccer Coach 2007-2011; National Spanish Honor Society, church youth group, National Honor Society member; volunteer with One-By-Youth and the Community Soup Kitchen; plans to attend Kendall College of Art and Design with a focus in fine arts and drawing.
- Joseph Santiago-Dieppa, North Valley Christian School (Newhall, CA): Second Place at Competitive Local Art Show; Honor Roll recipient; volunteers at nursing homes and sings Christmas Carols at prisons during the holiday season; plays bass during church services; paints homes for contractors; plans to attend California State University Channel Island with a focus in art.
Nine additional students and their high school art programs received Krylon product packages: (includes student name, high school and college currently or planning to attend):
- Liesel Plambeck, Buena High School (Ventura, CA), Otis College of Art and Design
- Malliccaaii Green, Jeffersonville High School (Jefferson, IN), Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis
- Hannah Jo Cooper, Cumberland County High School (Burkesville, KY), Western Kentucky University
- Dylan McCusker, Westford Academy High School (Westford, MA), Massachusetts College of Art and Design
- Robert Matthiesen, Park Hill South High School (Riverside, MO), Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
- Anthony Benedetto, East High School (Pueblo, CO), Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
- Mackenzie Baker, East Bladen High School (Elizabethtown, NC), Savannah College of Art and Design
- Chelsea Fu, Glen A. Wilson (Hacienda Heights, CA), Parsons The New School of Design
- Amy Gallipeau, Pinkerton Academy (Derry, NH), University of New Hampshire
To view artwork from the winners visit Krylon’s FourthAnnual Clear Choice Art Scholarships section within Krylon.com.
For more information on Krylon’s complete product offerings for artists, visit Krylon’s Gallery Series.
Krylon, the nation's leading spray paint manufacturer, is number one in color, innovation, and inspiration and consumer brand recognition. Krylon has served the art market since 1947 when it introduced the first aerosol clear protective acrylic coating. Today, the name is synonymous with fine art preservation and high-performance clear coatings, artist sprays and adhesives.