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January 25, 2018

Henry M. Jackson H.S. student wins college scholarship

Schack Art Center is pleased to announce our very prestigious annual "Susan Jane Russell Art Scholarship", which was offered to Nicole Anderson, a senior at Henry M. Jackson High School. The Schack Art Center has been sponsoring this scholarship since 1990 and the recipient, Nicole Anderson, will receive a $1,500 cash award for tuition.  This award is given to an outstanding art student who plans on attending a community college, college, university, or art school in the fall of 2018, majoring in the visual arts, arts education or an art related focus.   

The 2018 Schack Art Center scholarship recipient along with all Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention Scholastic Art Award Recipients will be honored at an Awards Ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett.

The public is invited to view the Scholastic Art Portfolio Exhibit, February 7-March 4, 2018 in the Emerging Young Artists' Gallery at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 10-6pm; Saturday, 10-5pm; and Sunday, 12-5pm. As the “2018 Susan Jane Russell Art Scholarship” recipient, Ms. Anderson will have her own display section in the Scholastic Art Portfolio Exhibit.

Statement from Jurors Jennie de Mello e Souza, Kelly Sooter and Rick Wigre about Nicole Anderson's Portfolio:

Nicole Anderson presented a portfolio of drawings and paintings that combined an original voice with a strong conceptual message. Her images in Global Mourning are striking and arresting and speak to the imminent dangers of pollution and the fragility of the earth.

Her message of taking care of the planet is beautifully rendered with her mastery of the media and strong technical drawing.  Nicole created a cohesive portfolio where each piece was strong in composition, design and technical execution, yet demonstrated a recognizable artistic voice and "look".  This cohesiveness was also seen in each work's thematic focus on forwarding her artist statement - a concern for the earth.

We especially appreciate how she switches the roles of nature and humans, placing the human in the role that nature usually takes. She forces the viewer to consider how much nature suffers, and for each of us to examine how we contribute to that suffering. Did we spray our garden? Did we toss some plastic into the sea? Will we now stop and think twice?

We were all struck by the strength of her message, and impressed by her focus on making art that reflects her message clearly. We applaud her originality, and technical skill, but are most intrigued by her personal voice, vision and unique style. Nicole, we believe you will have a great future as you continue to develop your impressive artistic skills.

About the Susan Jane Russell Scholarship

The Schack Art Center's college scholarship was first funded by a group of local artists who noticed the absence of scholarships for young artists in the community. They created an endowment at the Schack Art Center (then known as the Arts Council of Snohomish County) and over the past 28 years, contributors have increased the scholarship fund. A high school senior with plans to pursue a career in art is selected for the award every February through the Scholastic Art Awards.

The scholarship name was changed a few years ago to honor Susan Jane Russell who was instrumental in bringing the Scholastic Arts program to Snohomish County. Russell was an acclaimed artist who was honored as the Schack's first Artist of the Year in 1992. She also was a beloved art teacher at Snohomish High School for more than 20 years. 

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