MU Art Student Awarded
Millikin University undergrad Michelle Sendy, a senior art therapy major from Libertyville, Ill., was selected as one of two artists to receive the Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art for her creative efforts. The scholarship is offered by the St. Louis Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL).
The National Society of Arts and Letters is an organization that sponsors competitions and scholarships for young people in the creative arts. The scholarships are for private study, special training or personal advancement of the artist's future career.
As one of two young artists selected, Sendy received a $250 award, and is eligible to compete in the National Society of Arts and Letters National Competition.
"I was honored that they chose me and my work," said Sendy. "It's a good feeling when others appreciate and recognize your hard work."
In terms of her artwork, Sendy uses ovals as the source of content. She chose ovals because they hold history and form structure in a composition that would otherwise be considered chaos.
"Cluttered with vibrant colors and rooted in gesture, I hope to enrich and energize my viewers," said Sendy. "I use both oil paint and mixed media that is often scraped or drawn on."
Sendy added, "As of now, my work is an exploration of shapes and colors and the fine-tuning of my understanding of how to paint. In the future, I hope to keep learning and exploring. I have a passion for knowledge that can only be nurtured through more education which is why I'm continuing on to get my graduate degree at Illinois State University. I have been offered a full scholarship as well as a teaching assistantship."
In honor of Naomi Rabb Winston, NSAL established an annual scholarship fund for young visual artists between the ages of 16 and 22. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and promise of future success.
"Students like Michelle Sendy, epitomize the very best in terms of not only the amount of time and effort it takes to experiment and refine their own creative efforts towards a given artistic output, but also in terms of the engagement of an external audience," said Lyle Salmi, chair of Millikin University's Art Department. "Entering into a competition such as the Naomi Winston Art Scholarship suffices as one of the necessary aspects of Performance Learning. Michelle has clearly made the important connection of what she has learned in the classroom, and has applied that knowledge to develop professionally as an artist."
Millikin's Perkinson Art Gallery in Kirkland Fine Arts Center will showcase Sendy's artwork on Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 1 ' 3 p.m. The exhibit will also feature the work of Millikin students Courtney Woodruff, a senior studio art major from Momence, Ill., and Stuart Ball, a senior studio art major from Carmel, Ind.
Salmi added, "To not only compete, but to win an award is evidence of the degree to which we, at Millikin, fully embrace Performance Learning throughout our curriculum."