Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund

DADA Announces Finalists For Edith Baker Art Scholarships 2014

Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) is pleased to announce its five finalists for its three Edith Baker Art Scholarships: Janis Nguyen of Skyline High School, and Amber Skye Padilla, Avery Storms, Astrid Terrazas, and Lesley Yruegas of Booker T. Washington High School. The finalists were chosen from students from five high schools: WT White, Skyline, Williams Preparatory, BTWHSPVA, and Townview.

The art of the five finalists will be exhibited April 26-May 10 at Norwood Flynn Gallery, 3318 Shorecrest Dr. The winners of the $5,000, $2,500 and $500 scholarships will be announced at the Edith Baker Art Scholarship Award Ceremony on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Norwood Flynn.


Call 214.351.3318 for more information on the exhibition or visit www.norwoodflynngallery.com.

Along with the cash awards, the three students will have the opportunity to pursue a summer internship at a DADA member gallery of their choice, to spend a day with a gallery owner of their choice, and to visit the studio of an artist represented by a DADA gallery of their choice.

The Kenneth R. Craighead Jr. and Steven L. Green Foundation for Arts and Education and Edith Baker Arts and Education Fund provide financial support for these scholarships. Jurors were David Newman, Sue Flynn, Lollie Tompkins, Lisa Taylor, Steve Green, Kenneth Craighead, and Marcie Inman.

For more information about the Edith Baker Art Scholarship, please see dallasartdealers.org or call 214-914-1099.


Edith Baker Art Scholarship and The Kenneth R. Craighead Jr. and Steven L. Green Foundation for Arts and Education Awarded to Two Students for the First Time (2013)

Roy Martinez of El Centro and Reyna Flores of Mountain View Win

DADA presented its Edith Baker Art Scholarship to visual art students Reyna Flores of Mountain View College and Roy Martinez of El Centro College at a reception on Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, 3109 Carlisle St. in Dallas. DADA is proud to announce an additional scholarship was presented courtesy of The Kenneth R. Craighead Jr. and Steven L. Green Foundation for Arts and Arts Education to Roy Martinez. Call 214-914-1099 for more information or visit dallasartdealers.org.

Art by Flores and Martinez, along with the art of the five other finalists’ from the seven DCCCD campuses, is on exhibit through April 27 at the MADI. The other finalists are Misty Adams of North Lake College, Ethan Audet of Cedar Valley College, Amy He of Eastfield College, David Namaksy of Richland College, and Virginia Robertson of Brookhaven College.

A financial award of $2500 each will go to two students to be used toward covering the expenses of majoring in visual arts in college. A voucher will be presented that can be used towards college expenses (students can be reimbursed via receipts or invoices.) The winners also will have the opportunity to be mentored for a day, have an internship with a DADA member of his/her choice at his/her business, and to have an artist’s studio visit.

The jury for the EBAS was Edith Baker, Kenneth Craighead, Steve Green, Marcie Inman, Sue Flynn, Maloree Banks, and Lisa Taylor. Winners to date have included Fernando Johnson, Michelle Reyes, Brian Hauser, Maria Cortes, Pepper Ellett, Gustavo Galvan and Everett Brown.

ABOUT REYNA FLORES

Reyna Flores is an emerging artist from Dallas, Texas. She currently is studying at Mountain View College where she is working towards her Associates in Art.  Her art has been exhibited at the Bath House Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, and various student’s shows at Mountain View College. She was awarded a Student Summer show at Mountain View College and also was chosen as a finalist of League for Innovation Exhibition (2013). Reyna Flores is active at her school where serves as President of the Art Club.

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ABOUT ROY MARTINEZ

Roy Martinez was born in Chicago, Ill on Dec. 8, 1984. He moved from Chicago to Dallas when he was 10. He went to elementary school for a couple years in Mesquite, but then moved to Garland. He attended middle school and graduated from South Garland High school in 2003. He is the only one of his siblings to graduate from high school, and also the first to further my education through college. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio arts.

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ABOUT THE EDITH BAKER ART SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUND

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholar­ship fund honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c)(3), financially benefits a student pursuing the study of visual arts along with giving that student a gallery internship, a mentor and an artist studio visit. The Fund also presents a career fair at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, two juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College District students’ artwork, a docent-training program, biannual educational events, and partici­pates in Art Chicas and Art Chicos at La Reunion TX.

ABOUT THE KENNETH R. CRAIGHEAD JR. AND STEVEN L. GREEN FOUNDATION FOR  ARTS AND ARTS EDUCATION

Kenneth Craighead and Steven Green have owned and operated the Craighead-Green Gallery since 1991. They established The Kenneth Craighead and Steven L. Green fund for arts and arts education in 2012 to help promote local artists and their higher education needs by providing financial assistance in the furtherance of the recipients education and the development of their artistic abilities. Roy Martinez this year’s recipient will be invited to display selected works of his art in this year’s New Texas Talent, Craighead-Green Gallery’s jurored art exhibition to be held in  August 2013.

ABOUT DADA

The Dallas Art Dealers Association is an affiliation of established independent gallery owners and nonprofit art organizations in the Dallas metropolitan area. As a professional and educational resource for the community at large, DADA facilitates the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, which provide financial and career support for visual art students. DADA also presents the Spring Gallery Walk and the Fall Gallery Walk as well as panel discussions.  Organized in 1985 by June Mattingly of Mattingly Baker Gallery, the Dallas Art Dealers Association is a 501(c)(6) organization.

Like the Art Dealers Association of America, membership in DADA is by invitation of the board of directors. In order to qualify for membership, a dealer or nonprofit space must have an established reputation for honesty, integrity, and professionalism among their peers, and must make a substantial contribution to the cultural life of the community by offering works of high aesthetic quality and presenting worthwhile exhibitions. DADA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethical practice within the profession and to increasing public awareness of the role and responsibilities of reputable art dealers and nonprofit visual art spaces.

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Thanks to Cathy Whiteman for creating this video about our scholarship.

2012 Edith Baker Art Scholarship Award Winner Is  Fernando Johnson 

DADA presented its Edith Baker Art Scholarship to Fernando Johnson of Brookhaven College at a reception on Friday, Sept. 21 at Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving, Texas.  Art by Johnson and the six other finalists from the seven DCCCD campuses will be on exhibit through Nov. 18 at Irving Arts Center. Call (972) 252-7558 or visit irvingartscenter.com for more information.

The other finalists are Arjoon KC of North Lake College, William Benitez of Eastfield College, Jessica Braddock of Richland College, Jonathan Gruchawka of Cedar Valley College, Hannah Tyler of Mountain View College, and Candy Warth of El Centro College.

Fernando Johnson graduated from The University of North Texas in 2008, with his B.F.A. in painting and drawing. Most of his work up until that time consisted of process-oriented paintings where he would layer different materials, scrape away sections, and then layer again.  Shortly after receiving his B.F.A. he decided he would like to teach fine arts at the college level, but he wanted to focus on strengthening his portfolio first.   He started taking ceramic classes at Brookhaven, because of prior classes he had taken at North Texas.   Through his work in clay he came to appreciate process and conceptual ideas tied to ceramic art. At that point he started working in sculpture, and eventually with other media.  His most current work is in clay as well as video art.  He will be applying for graduate school in the spring of 2013, and continue towards a Visual Studies Degree.

The Scholarship includes a check for $2,500, a mentorship, an internship and an artist studio visit. The jury for the EBAS was Edith Baker, Kenneth Craighead, Steve Green, Marcie Inman, Sue Flynn and Lisa Taylor. Winners to date have included Michelle Reyes, Brian Hauser, Maria Cortes, Pepper Ellett, Gustavo Galvan and Everett Brown.

EDITH BAKER ART SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUND

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholar­ship fund honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c)(3), financially benefits a student pursuing the study of visual arts along with giving that student a gallery internship, a mentor and an artist studio visit. The Fund also presents a career fair at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, two juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College District students’ artwork, a docent-training program, biannual educational events, and partici­pates in Art Chicas and Art Chicos at La Reunion TX.

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2011 Edith Baker Art Scholarship Awarded to El Centro College’s Michelle Reyes

DADA presented its Edith Baker Art Scholarship to Michelle Reyes, a visual art student from El Centro College of the Dallas County Community College District at a reception on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Michelle Reyes was born and raised in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. She attended Mountain View and El Centro Community Colleges since graduating form Bishop Dunne High School in 2006. She received her Associates of Art Degree in 2009. In the fall of 2010, she took a printmaking class and fell in love with the medium. She is now attending Texas A&M Commerce at the University Center in Dallas and completing her Bachelors Degree.

Art of all the finalists Taylor Pierre Bryant and Evan Davis of Brookhaven, Isiac Ramirez and Heidi O’Ferrall of Mountain View, Jesus Segovia and Giovanni Gonzalez of North Lake, Holly Lorren of Cedar Valley, Cathy Night of Eastfield, and Michelle Reyes of El Centro from five of the seven DCCCD campuses were on exhibition at the reception.

The Scholarship included a check for $2,500, a mentorship, an internship and an artist studio visit.

The jury for the 2011 EBAS was Edith Baker, Maloree Banks, Sue Flynn and Lisa Taylor.

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Click here to read about DADA’s 2010 Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund Recipient, Brian Hauser.

Click here to read about DADA’s 2009 Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund Recipient, Maria Cortes.

Click here to read about DADA’s 2008 Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund Recipient, Pepper Ellet.


*The Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund is a tax exempt non-profit organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

About Edith Baker

Long a prolific contributor to the Dallas arts scene, Edith Baker was born and educated in Bulgaria, where she graduated from the American College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Studies at Chicago’s Art Institute were a prelude to her continued scholarship in Dallas, where she studied during the 1950s with the city’s prominent core of contemporary artists: Octavio Medellin, Otis Dozier, Jerry Bywaters, Roger Winter and DeForrest Judd.

After a period of travel and study of art history and painting in France, Portugal and Mexico was terminated, she returned to Dallas in 1963 to establish her own studio and for the next 15 years taught and lectured, including a three year symposium at Temple Emanu-El on “Understanding of Modern Art” based on a syllabus developed at Brandeis University.

While continuing to teach, in 1977 she became a partner in a Dallas art gallery, which ultimately evolved into the Edith Baker Gallery, with a concentration on the work of local and regional contemporary artists, another evidence of her devotion to the local artistic community.  In 1985 she became a charter member and active participant in the establishment of DADA, the Dallas Art Dealers Association.  In 1992 Edith Baker and Patricia Meadows co-founded EASL, the Emergency Artists Support League, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to North Texas visual artists who are in dire distress because of unforeseen medical emergency or catastrophic events.

Although Edith Baker’s enthusiastic efforts in the success of EASL contributed toward her receiving the Dallas Visual Arts Center’s (now known as Dallas Contemporary) Legend Award in 1977, as well as a prestigious High Profile article in The Dallas Morning News, she believes that the real heroes are the artists who contribute their work to the annual fund raising events, which distribute grants to those artists in need.

See The Dallas Morning News High Profile story about Edith Baker below.

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