Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Student Scholarship for Quilting by the Lake 2011

Spread the word!

Quilting by the Lake workshops is a well established textile arts event sponsored by The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY. They have just completed another successful year and are gearing up for the Fall QBL2 workshops as well as the larger event next spring 2011.

One of the excellent components of this program is their scholarship program which awards approximately 10 scholarships each year which covers the fee for one class choosen by each of the recepients. The scholarships are funded through an auction held at the end of the workshop sessions. The past few years each instructor has created a unique apron featuring their work and these items have been well received with fast and furious bidding by workshop participants.

Generally the scholarships are awarded to women 50 and over because that is who attends this event. This year the organization is reaching out to younger women to come and joint the excitment of working with fabric and a New Scholarship for women under the age of 25 has been created.

This year Kerby and Laura Smith were part of the faculty and they each created aprons for the auction. After discussion with Donna Lamb, Director of the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, they decided to earmark the proceeds raised from their aprons to go toward a new scholarship aimed at attracting young artists. They felt strongly that we should cultivate a younger generation of fiber artists.

I think this is an exciting concept and a wonderful opportunity both for the recepients of this award and for the community of artists working in textiles. While individual need is a component of the scholarship, each person who applies must write a statement as to why they want to attend and why they want to study with the instructor they have choosen. This is a "blind" application process so the selection committee is not aware of who you are when you apply. So.........

The deadline for scholarship applications is October 15, 2010 for the summer 2011 sessions. Here is a link to the application:

Read the information carefully as you must include not only the scholarship form but class registration and a housing deposit with your application.

I encourage you to spread the word to any young artist who has an interest in textiles or who might want to explore the textile world and if you have never attended QBL I hope you will consider signing up for one of the many classes offered.

Thank you for visiting me here at Studio 24-7 and I love hearing from you!

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