High School Scholarship Program – 2016 Winners

Each year, the Dedalus Foundation offers twelve scholarships in fine art and art history to graduating seniors from New York City public schools. The fine art scholarship acknowledges technical skill as well as creativity in forms and materials, while the art history scholarship rewards clear writing, insight, and creativity in subject matter. These scholarships honor Robert Motherwell’s lifelong interest in arts education at all levels.

Below is a selection of work from the 2016 fine art scholarship winners. Applications for the 2017 scholarship competition are live on our site here.

 

Oonagh Carroll-Warhola, Lunar Garden
Oonagh Carroll-Warhola, LaGuardia High School, Lunar Garden, Oil on canvas, 28 x 34 in.
Joelsy Fernandez, Fleeting
Joelsy Fernandez, Frank Sinatra High School, Fleeting, Acrylic, graphite, plastic, and thread on linen, 11 x 8.5 in.
Robert Gomez, "Since little"
Robert Gomez, High School of Art and Design,”Since little,” Oil on canvas, 34 1/4 x 20 in.
Elizabeth Goncharova, "Currents"
Elizabeth Goncharova, LaGuardia High School, “Currents,” Marker, ink, and gesso on paper, 47.75 x 58.5 in.
Peidong Lin, "Untitled,"
Peidong Lin, Robert H. Goddard High, “Untitled,” Pencil on paper, 9 x 12 in.
Gabrielle Robinson, "HAUNTED"
Gabrielle Robinson, LaGuardia High School, “HAUNTED,” Photograph, 20 x 16 in.
Nina Vazquez, "R train Social"
Nina Vazquez, High School of Art and Design, “R train Social,” Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

As a part of our commitment to the neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where our community education programs are based, we also offer a fine art scholarship specifically to a graduating senior from Sunset Park High School.

 

Tahiry Guevara, "Untitled"
Tahiry Guevara, Sunset Park High School, “Untitled,” Acrylic and paper flowers on canvas, 24 x 22 in.

Artist Profile: Monica Chulewicz

In Winter 2016, the Dedalus Foundation was pleased to partner with the John F. Kennedy Center to present the exhibition (Re)Invention at our Sunset Park location. The exhibition features artists whose work exemplifies themes of renewal and self-discovery—of reinvention. From the unexpected whimsy of an animation, to a bold series of self-portraits, this work engages, challenges, and delights us. Collectively, these works of art captivate us on many levels: we are asked to explore ideas of self, community, legacy, and collective memory.

(Re)Invention is the 15th exhibition presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. The result of a longtime collaboration with Volkswagen Group of America, this national art competition and exhibition gives fifteen artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, the opportunity to display their work in venues across the nation where each artist’s individual talent, mode of expression, and view of the world is showcased and valued.

We wanted to highlight one of these artists— Monica Chulewicz from Seaford, NY— whose work I’m Not Here For You To Taunt won the competition’s grand prize.

Chulewicz is a Polish-American artist who was born and raised in New York. A printmaker and collagist, she uses vintage found materials in both digital and traditional hand-printing processes. Chulewicz was born with a progressive disease that has caused several secondary illnesses, and uses her chronic health issues as a means of inspiration for her work.

The cast of anonymous women depicted in I’m Not Here For You To Taunt represent collected memories from unknown histories, and evoke a continuum of loss and renewal throughout the generations. Chulewicz experiments with fiction of the past, using vintage photographs to create dialogues between memory and time, and address themes of existence, fragility, and mortality.

Image: Monica Chulewicz, I’m Not Here For You To Taunt, 2016. Cyanotype prints on vintage dress (90 in x 35 inches.)

Meet ISCP Dedalus Foundation Resident Betty Yu

The Dedalus Foundation is pleased to announce that we have chosen artist and community organizer Betty Yu to be our 2017 Dedalus Foundation Resident at the International Studio and Curatorial Program. Yu will develop a public engagement project and exhibition in Sunset Park with the support of Dedalus Foundation and its staff.

This residency will build on Yu’s years of experience as a nationally recognized community leader and social justice artist. She has worked extensively with community-driven culture, media and art organizations such as the Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural art collective of Asian American social justice artists, cultural workers and media makers which she co-founded in 2015; the Laundromat Project; and the Center for Media Justice. She cofounded the first NYC Field Office for the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture where she organized two successful community-based art events, “Imagining: Creative Strategies to Fight Gentrification” in June and July 2015 bringing together over 300 artists, cultural workers, media makers, housing rights activists, organizers, community residents and other stakeholders to imagine a future where adequate housing is seen as a human right.

Raised in Sunset Park by immigrant parents, Yu approaches social issues through her own personal story, family narrative, and community’s history. During her six-month residency, Yu will create a site-specific based exhibit and multi-media interactive website called, “The Future of Sunset Park: Through the Voices of Immigrant Stories.” The project will engage Latino and Chinese immigrants in the neighborhood, allowing them a platform to tell their own story of immigration and their journey to living or working Sunset Park. The goal of the project is to allow a creative space for everyday people who are impacted directly by immigration and gentrification to have an outlet to express what Sunset Park has meant to them and what their hopes are for the future. It will be a forum for community members and the general public to hear the rich and varied stories of Sunset Park’s residents.