My story would be incomplete without the part about GIVING BACK.

When I won two major scholarships my last year in college it changed everything for me.
I decided to pursue dream of actually MAKING IT as an artist, instead of working so hard on my back up plan.
As soon as I could return the favor, I started my own RINGHOLZ scholarships.

Below are the amazing recipients of these awards, scholarships and grants.
Each of these artists are amazing in their own right, and I encourage you to enjoy and support their talents.
Out of everything I do, NOTHING is more rewarding or special as having the opportunity to help people pursue their dreams.

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who helps me make this possible.
Together we are fighting the good fight.

May your goodness and giving be returned to you.

 

2016 WINNERS

CAL BRACKIN

Local Illustrator Wishes To Retell Stories Of The West
http://www.calbrackin.com

I am interested in using illustration as a storytelling tool to depict intangible cultural heritage practices and lifestyles of cowboy poets. In 2013, I traveled throughout the United States to meet cowboys to understand their lifestyles and cowboy brand of poetry. As an ink and watercolor artist, I used plein air illustration to capture dozens of profiles at cowboy poetry gatherings and illustrated the life history of a 93-year old cowgirl poet living in Kaycee, Wyoming. I developed relationships and an understanding that the lifestyles of cowboy poets deserves attention as the western heritage is fading with time. I’ve used illustrated storytelling to highlight cultural practices and places throughout the world and encountered time and again the cultural impacts of globalization. Using the tools of illustration, anthropology, and journalism, I aim to bring attention to the rich cultural legacy of the west before the same global influences diminish the assets of cowboy poetry.

ELIZABETH FORELLE

College Student Discovers Herself Through Her Art
liz.forelle148@gmail.com

My name is Elizabeth Forelle and am currently a college student. I have been creating art my whole life but really got into it during high school and continue to explore it today at college. My art is something I create mostly for myself. It’s the one time during the day I can truly be by myself, creating something so simple through the use of lines but so complex through interesting compositions. I love to spend time doing what I love, which is creating something for others to enjoy, but most importantly for myself. I love to draw with pencil and charcoal but have begun to explore paint, mixed media and the use of color within work. This has really allowed me to view art in so many different perspectives as both a viewer and an artist. I think it’s great for artists to explore all different kinds of media in order to experience and learn everything there is to know about art.

KAY STRATMAN

Pro-Community Artist Shares Her Talents And Endeavors
http://www.kaystratman.com
 
I am solar powered–the more light, the more energy I have. My paintings are filled with light and color–lots of it. Intense, vivid, joyful, saturated, soft, bright, low, high, day, night – these are all adjectives that you could pick to describe my work, and me too, I suppose.

An important element of my life and painting is simplicity. But no matter how simple a painting may appear at first glance, I hope the viewer will notice something new each time they look at it, whether it is a gently shaded sky or a distant river created by meandering drips of watercolor. Each drip, splash and brushstroke exists to be studied, savored and enjoyed.

My eyes may see things differently than others – on a wickedly cold winter day, with white hoarfrost coating every surface including the sky, others may see a completely colorless scene. I spot a cluster of scarlet berries huddled on a thorny branch, the morning sun dazzles through the white dome of the sky, and a painting comes instantly to mind.


KATHERINE FORD

Local Photographer Looks To Involve Community
More In Art
pringlekf@aol.com

I love documentary photography and feel that it plays such a critical role in preserving our histories. I also love horses and taking intimate photographs of them. My goal is to develop and expand on these concepts.

DEMING HARRIMAN

Florida Artist Wants To Go BIG
http://demingkingharriman.com

Deming King Harriman focuses on an exploration of reality and fantasy using a multitude of media and material. Her collages come from a convergence of found images from paintings, magazines, and historical sources. Deming transforms unconnected images into seamless surrealist portraits. Her mixed media work integrates original photography, painting and found material inspired by dreams, myths/archetypes, and mysticism. Her art is an introspect look at emotions, memories, and personas, giving them a tangible identity to confront and relate to. These surrealistic characters illustrate when the human or 'reality' intertwines with the illusion of dreams, becoming a single memory or entity. This process brings the fantasy and reality worlds together to create a window into the coexistence of the conscious and subconscious mind.

ELIZABETH WHELAN

53 Year Old Artist Captures Portraits of Islanders
http://www.elizabeth-whelan.com/

I really believe that the buzz I can create around this portrait event in 2017, both before and after, will have a very positive effect on the artists and galleries I am promoting. My dream would be to see it lead to other creative community endeavors of a similar nature in years to come. As there is a lot of competition for the summer visitor dollars, often there is a corresponding competition amongst the artists and galleries that isn’t all that helpful to the group as a whole. I want to show that we can play well together, have some fun, promote each other, and that the end result is a bonus for everyone.

 

Billy Harris

UW College Student Pushes Digital Boundaries
http://billehharris.com

Conceptually, my work reflects broken social interactions and difficulties with expression in relationships and everyday situations. Visually, I attempt to either express emotion through symmetry and color, or juxtapose/marry abstraction and photo-realism.

ANASTASIA BOLINDER

Utah Teen Artist Fights Hard To Do What She Loves

My name is Anastasia and I’m an eighteen year old artist, writer and avid mythologist. I love bringing to life creatures or people on canvases and beyond. I have loved sketching for many years and have gradually started a love for working and trying all kinds of new mediums and continue to enjoy expanding my artistic knowledge as currently I am trying a hand at wood carving. I work in many mediums including and not limited to, clay, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, colored pencils and etcetera. I have won two best of show awards in the state fair for my work in sculpture as both a youth and this past year as an armature artist now that I’m eighteen. I have also won first place awards for a pen drawing, other sculptures and my handmade tomahawks.
I am almost completely self taught in all of the art forms save watercolor, the rest of what I do is based on long hours practicing and continued work on my craft.

MARY TEICHMAN

Incredible Printmaker Passes Down A Beautiful Artform
http://www.mtcalligraphy.com

I have been making etchings since my sophomore year at The Cooper Union in 1974.

My color etchings are triggered by things I observe: a color or texture, a slant of light--especially those that evoke memories. I am fascinated by the quality of light at night, and by the shapes emerging as my eyes adjust to the darkness. My layered technique, with its possibilities for rich color and dense blacks, lends itself easily to night scenes.

Through the years, my images have evolved from still lifes and interiors, to city scenes, to factory buildings like the one that houses my studio. I am interested in history, change, light and mystery.

Completing each new etching always feels like a major achievement, as the process is lengthy and arduous. Art is my way of engaging with myself and with the world. Nothing can compare with the feeling of satisfaction that comes from completing a new print, or the excitement of lifting the paper from the etching plate, and seeing what I‘ve got.

RENEE CAOUETTE

Grad Student Paints Beautiful Moody Interiors
http://reneecaouette.com

My work depicts my classical sensibilities and art historical background that I have developed throughout my travels and studies merged with my own messages and symbolism. I feel that each piece of art I create is a "self portrait". Living out of a suitcase most of my life, I have discovered I keep my most important and essential objects that compose an abstract portrait of myself. My still life centered masters thesis, “Beyond Still Life: Conceptual Interpretations of Family”, explores the idea that we are all extensions of ourselves; the environments, objects, and people we surround ourselves with are metaphorical “self portraits”. In these paintings and my continued work, I explore ubiquitous themes through the eyes of a millennial such as divorce, life and death, inequality, and addiction, making my work not a quotidian narrative but rather a relevant and relatable story.

PAULA BULLWINKEL

Oregon Artist Highlights Storylines of Women and Animals
http://paulabullwinkel.com

Each of my artworks is like a frame from a film or an instant from a dream. The images are figurative, narrative and allegorical. I paint heroines and animal-heroes who balance feelings of marvel and mystery with a sense of conflict and uncertainty. The uncertainty can be caused by violence in the symbolic forms of snipers, bullets, and monsters. The women and girls are often on the move. They are strong and beautiful, even when facing and overcoming manifest violence. I bestow upon my characters the goodness they want, deserve or need. I will them to not only survive, but to complete their journey. The images are about the hardest part of the trip; the intersection between potential and conflict.

My artwork is a combination of fantasy, surrealism and history – images in which time and space become fluid and strange. The animals that populate my images are of a person’s spirit in animal form. This kind of creature is one’s protector, and one protects it in turn. Humans are another form.

NATHAN DELINOIS

Florida Muralist Inspires Us All
http://www.natedee.com

The series that I am working in is similar to a potpourri with a mélange of images and patterns. Usually based on a figurative element that is the focal point, the images and patterns are representative of my personal experiences, ideas, and philosophies.

I want the viewer to find his or her own meaning and relationship to the artwork. At first glance there is a sense of whimsy in my work that is grounded by its urban visual elements.


ALEXIS HARTEL
3D Award Winner from BGSU

MADISON WALSH
2D Award Winner from BGSU

ALAYNA WHIPPLE
JHHS

MAKINA WAATI
JHHS

 

 

 

2015 WINNERS

 

 

 

ALISSA DAVIES
RINGHOLZ FOUNDATION GRANT WINNER- 2015
Painting

alissad15@gmail.com

​"I have felt a great shift in my art this year and am excited about the direction that it is taking. I am on the cusp of taking my artwork to the next level and am making the creative process a daily part of my life. This award will help provide the funds to take this next step and support my development as an artist, a needed and necessary role as I also balance the role of mother. Thank you so much for this opportunity! "

- Alissa

ZAK VANDERBERG
RINGHOLZ FOUNDATION GRANT WINNER- 2015
Painting and Drawing

zaq.vdb@gmail.com

​"My hope always as an artist is to provoke and gear the viewer towards introspective thought, and ask themselves who they are as people, and what is it or how is it that defines them. I wish to inspire those who've inspired me, whether it be the beautiful person walking down the street, or the energetic dog I’m playing with, or the sky filled with incomprehensible beauty of light burning millions of miles away, it doesn’t matter who or how, but if I can get someone to stop for just a moment, and forget about their daily lives and struggles, and indulge and explore a work of art I created, resting their mind and cultivating curiosity, then my job as an artist is done."

- Zak

ADRIEN SEGAL
RINGHOLZ FOUNDATION GRANT WINNER- 2015
Sculptor

adriensegal@gmail.com
http://www.adriensegal.com

​"I hope that my passion and dedication to my art practice, the integrity and strength of my creative voice in the field of sculpture, the interdisciplinary nature of my work, and my ongoing active involvement in various arts communities in addition to teaching, speaks to the unique qualities I can offer."

- Adrien




DANA HARPER
RINGHOLZ FOUNDATION GRANT WINNER- 2015
Installation Art

danalynnharper@gmail.com

​"Invested in my role as an educator, I would like to continue teaching throughout this time, small workshops and classes at art centers in Columbus. By the end of this year, I would like to be teaching at the university level, enabling me to engage in conversations with emerging artists. "

- Dana




MIKAELA KESSLER
RINGHOLZ FOUNDATION GRANT WINNER- 2015
Photography

mikkes@student.tcsd.org

​"This grant will help me greatly in being able to afford to expand upon both my knowledge of photography and my skillset by taking photography classes, purchasing new lenses, and learning computer programs to better edit my photos. Without this award none of this could happen and while my love and dedication to the art wouldn’t change, my capabilities of bettering myself through classes and newer equipment would become something I would not have the luxury of attaining."

- Mikaela

BETHANIE HART
RINGHOLZ FOUNDATION GRANT WINNER- 2015
Painting

hartbethanie@gmail.com

​"I have high confidence that art will be a part of my life forever and I do hope to someday turn it into a career. This award will assist me on my journey and inspire me to help encourage others in any way I can. My underlining passion for the arts sets me aside from my peers and I hope the fire that I have will inspire others."

- Bethanie




TEA DREW
RINGHOLZ FOUNDATION GRANT WINNER- 2015
Painting

teadrew@gmail.com
http://teadrew.smugmug.com/

​"I would love to go to an art school to earn a graduate degree. Regardless if my future path changes or not this year, I hope that with whatever I do I can use my artistic skills to push myself to stay innovative and creative throughout my career and personal life."

- Tea




ERIC FINLEY
RINGHOLZ FOUNDATION GRANT WINNER- 2015
Muralist

kingdomgraphica@gmail.com
www.kingdom-graphica.com

​"They main thing I would like to give and show the world is a message of inspiration and peace. I want to be able to show that despite the state of the world, despite your ethnicity, despite all obstacles, it is still possible to make your dreams come true if make up your mind and just continue to try."

- Eric




SARA KEAR
RASA WINNER - 2015
3D - METALS AND JEWELRY

rockpapermetal.wordpress.com
facebook.com/sarakearartist
etsy.com/shop/sarakear

​"This award is a dream come true! Because of this award I have the opportunity to make so many things that I have thought about and drawn but did not have the funds to make real. "

- Sara
skear@bgsu.edu




BRACH TILLER
RASA WINNER - 2015
2D

https://instagram.com/brachtiller/

​"I would like to say that by receiving this award, I now feel relieved of the burden of purchasing supplies for the next year, and it feels as though you have invested in my future, which is a truly gratifying and humbling experience for myself as an up and coming artist. "

-Brach
bracht@bgsu.edu


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RINGHOLZ SCHOLARSHIP - 2015

 




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RINGHOLZ SCHOLARSHIP - 2015

 




 

 

 

2014 WINNERS

 

 

 

JACKSON TISI
RINGHOLZ SCHOLARSHIP - JHRC - 2014
FILM

www.jacksontisicinema.com
https://vimeo.com/twofiveproductions
https://vimeo.com/85120638

"Winning the Ringholz scholarship was such an honor.
To be supported by an artist that I have looked up to in this way is incredible. I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities she has given me with this scholarship!"

-Jackson
jactis@student.tcsd.org

OLIVER HOLLIS
RINGHOLZ SCHOLARSHIP - 2014
DESIGN


saturated.vsco.com
ohollis788@gmail.com

 

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JOHN BAKER IV
RASA WINNER - 2014
PHOTOGRAPHY

http://www.johnbakeriv.com


"The recognition of the Ringholz Award invigorated my motivation to be an artist and inspired me to work more critically than I am now."

-John
typicaldarkroom@yahoo.com


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WES BROWN
RASA WINNER - 2014
CERAMICS


"I guarantee you two things: your award will not go to waste and I will not be getting much sleep."

-Wes


 

 

 

 

2013 WINNERS

 

 

 

 

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AMBER WHITENBURG
RASA WINNER - 2012 | 2013
SCULPTURE

http://www.amberwhitenburg.com
https://www.etsy.com/shop/wamberxoxo

amberwhitenburg@gmail.com


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DEREK BRENNAN
RASA WINNER - 2012 | 2013
ENCAUSTIC PAINTING | DRAWING

derekbrennanart.com


"I felt very limited in my artwork before this scholarship, but after it allowed me to experiment and buy art supplies I needed, but never could afford."

-Derek
derek.brennan9@facebook.com


 

 

 

 

2012 WINNERS

 

 

 

 

SHAWN LOPEZ
RASA WINNER - 2012
METALSMITH

shawnmlopez.com

LUCAS POINTON
RASA WINNER - 2012
METALS



 

CONNOR LILJESTROM
RINGHOLZ SCHOLARSHIP - JHRC - 2012
PAINTING



 

GARRET SPENCER
RINGHOLZ SCHOLARSHIP - JHRC - 2012
PHOTOGRAPHY



 

 

 

 

2011 WINNERS

 

 

HANNAH RIVERS
RINGHOLZ SCHOLARSHIP - JHRC - 2011
MIXED MEDIA

http://hannahriversart.wordpress.com


"To me this scholarship gave me the opportunity to explore. I had such a large desire to get out of Wyoming and be in a completely different environment. Being awarded the scholarship supported me financially and helped me to attend a liberal arts school in the Pacific Northwest, but more importantly it gave me incredible faith to pursue my dream of studying the arts."

-Hannah
riversh@students.wwu.edu


AARON PICKENS
RASA WINNER - 2011
OIL PAINTING

aaronpickens.com


"The RASA meant a lot to me as an inspiring artist because having someone believe in your artistic vision is probably the greatest motivation to continue the pursuit of what you love to do."

-Aaron
aaronjamespickens@gmail.com


CAMILLE ISSACS
RASA WINNER - 2011
PAINTING

http://camilleisaacs.com


 

CHANTAL ROICE
RINGHOLZ SCHOLARSHIP - JHRC - 2011
SCULPTURE



 

FRANCESCA WEIKERT
RINGHOLZ SCHOLARSHIP - JHRC - 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY



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