Student Scholarship

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P.O. Box 726 Winchester, Massachusetts 01890

The Arthur Griffin Foundation for Winchester was established by renowned photographer and Winchester resident, Arthur Griffin, to provide scholarships for young visual artists and grants to preserve and enhance the beauty of the Winchester Community.

Supporting Young Visual Artists

Arthur Griffin (1903 – 2001) had a vision to create a foundation that would provide educational opportunities to Winchester residents, particularly youth, who are interested in photography or related visual arts. The Foundation supports these interests with a Student Scholarship Award.

The Student Scholarship Award ($5000.00) is presented annually to a current Winchester student who seeks to pursue a course of study in the two-dimensional or three-dimensional visual arts such as photography, graphic design, photo-journalism or visual digital media. The award recognizes a student who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment and interest in the field of visual arts. Entrants must submit a portfolio of work that represents their experience and creativity.

 

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Griffin Scholarship 2018 Recipient: Marcus Albanese

 

Marcus Albanese
Marcus Albanese

I am a passionate artist and historian, and I have also participated in many school activities (e.g., Film Club, Nordic Skiing). I am also a member of the Winchester Youth Center and the Winchester Relay for Life committee. I plan on attending Lesley University, with the hopes of becoming either an art or history teacher who inspires his students. I plan to minor in sculpture or illustration, and use my art to display my political views and express my opinion on this world we all share. At Lesley I would be able to master my art and teaching skills and set myself on this path I envision. I hope to integrate art and humanities into my teaching curriculum to keep my classes fresh, fun, and interesting.

It is my opinion that American public schools are failing our nation’s kids. And too many students have become wracked with debt. After college I hope to use art from young artists across the nation to create a book or documentary on our outdated and substandard public education system. I dream of an America where good public education is available to all and in the future students are not burdened by debt.

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Griffin Scholarship 2018 Recipient: Louis Fernsebner

 

Louis Fernsebner
Louis Fernsebner

Art has created a connection between others and myself that is much more powerful than words. Trying to articulate myself never quite carried my message out as well as art has. Unlike speech, others can see who I am with my artwork. Something as small as a brush stroke is an effortless connection between viewer and artist that is so much stronger and intimate than words. Although I enjoy opening up with others, nothing comes close to the feeling that it is completely my own work, expressing feeling, love and pain.

Throughout my art education career, I have continued to express myself through the creative practice of painting and drawing. I strive to create bonds between the viewer, thus recreating the emotions I was feeling at the time of creation in my interpretation of the human figure and nature and myself.

I will continue to push myself and work hard in my art education, striving to become the best artist I can be. I have and will always want to make an impact on the viewer I strive to make the viewer feel how the skin of the figure might feel, the softness of the atmosphere, or the message beneath the paint. Moving forward to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I will have endless opportunities in their galleries and internships and will take advantage of the resources available for students. I cannot wait to begin my life immersed in an artist community and finally become part of the art world.

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Griffin Scholarship 2017 Recipient: Meghan Cronin

 

Meghan Cronin
Meghan Cronin

Growing up in a suburb of Boston, Meghan Cronin, a recent Winchester High School graduate with a thirst for knowledge; is eager to discover new ways of viewing the world. She is fascinated with the camera’s ability to capture unique moments in time. She is most interested in fine art and fashion photography and yet has many more categories to explore.

In past years Meghan has received a Gold Key, Silver Key and three Honorable Mentions in Photography from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing awards sponsored by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In addition her photographs have been exhibited at Lesley University, Education First, Peter Miller Fine Art Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography, and Lexington Center for the Arts. During her high school career Meghan was president of her high school’s photography club as well as a member of Tech Crew. Meghan has photographed for Lush Cosmetics in Harvard Square. She has also photographed multiple projects for her school website, local theater events, and local musicians. In the upcoming year Meghan will attend Boston University to pursue degrees in photojournalism and film production.

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Griffin Scholarship 2016 Recipient: Glynis Anderson

 

Glynis Anderson
Glynis Anderson

A phenomenon that scientists have identified as a commonplace way of life is called the “negative bias”, meaning many people are prone to looking at a person or a situation in an automatically negative light. The “cure” consists of simply being a more observant and openly kind person. Doing so can help to boost the confidence and happiness of yourself and others. I try to apply this “cure” everywhere I can in life. It is one aspect of my personality as a person and an artist that I think shows in my work. Making art has meaning in it for me aside from making something fun to look at. I want to elicit a response that is curious and thoughtful, for people to take a second thought as to what might have been my message while also finding their own meaning.

I have loved taking art classes every year in my high school career while also harboring an interest in Psychology and English, particularly Literature & Film and Creative Writing. These are all areas that have really piqued my interest and I would love to continue down a path of trying to better my understanding of the world.

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Griffin Scholarship 2016 Recipient: Christina Eng

 

Christina Eng
Christina Eng

I’ve been consistently captivated by the power of animation in the hands of intelligent, creative minds. I believe in studying your heroes, finding out who their heroes are and study them. Outside of school and in my spare time I explore, study, practice, and try to find my own style. Some extracurricular classes I’ve completed are: Lesley University: Comics and the Graphic Novel, 3D Animation, Muscles & Movement, and 2D Animation Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Completed week-long Animation program  MassArt: Saturday Studio in Animation for students in grades 9 – 12 using a variety of approaches.

In my work, I like to explore the human form in all capacities. I am fascinated by conveying emotion and narrative through form. For this reason, my primary subject is people.

Throughout my high school career, I have immersed myself in the arts. I enjoy singing and have been part of an a cappella group and chorus for most of my high school career. I constantly seek out opportunities to connect with an audience. I have performed in many theatrical productions. Theater creates an environment in which artists, all with different perspectives, have to collaborate and cooperate in order to be at their best every time the curtain goes up. As a visual artist, these themes influence and color my approach. I learned about the art of storytelling, and how a seemingly simple concept can move people. I am mostly self taught in visual art, but I am currently in a Senior Honors Art course at my high school. Outside of school, I have taken several precollege art courses at Lesley and MassArt. I am accepted to both of these schools and I intend to pursue an animation major in the Fall of 2016. I’m excited to fine tune my skill and explore storytelling through my art. I am determined to take part in the creation of something that lasts.

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