1st Art Gallery Art & Design Scholarship

Owen Schwartz
Meet Our 2023 Winner!
Owen Schwartz is a rising Junior artist currently studying illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Owen’s artwork is based on lived experiences, cultural, social, and political identity, and the power of community building.
1st-Art-Gallery.com continues its $1000 annual scholarship for new, current, and returning students!
This scholarship is designed to help students become successful in a career focused on art or design. Applicants will be able to submit their entry along with a design, drawing, film, artwork, short story, poem, or literally any type of art they are most proud of. The winner will be selected by the end of June.
You are eligible for this scholarship if:
You are a high school student graduating this calendar year and have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, or design school.
You are a student currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school.
Your discipline is among the following: Arts - fine arts, music, performing arts, visual arts. Natural science - biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science. Social science - anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology, history. Languages, linguistics, literature, mathematics. Philosophy, psychology, religious studies.
Art students need to submit a piece of art that makes them proud. This can be any type of art submission, including (but not limited to) a painting, photograph, statue, song, animation, video, film, illustration, story, poem, or any other type of art. Liberal Arts students should apply with a recent sample of their writing on any subject, limited to 2000 words.
The yearly deadline for submission is June 1st, the winner will be selected in the month of June, and they will be contacted by early July. The winner must reply within two weeks, or a new winner will be selected.
All information provided by students as part of the application will not be used in any way other than as part of the scholarship selection process. The information will remain confidential and after a recipient has been selected, it will be destroyed. In addition, 1st Art Gallery will not own the rights to all art submitted for the scholarship.
Application Process
Using the form below, please submit your completed application and upload your art. You may also send a link if your artwork is already uploaded online.
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Meet Our Previous Scholarship Winners
Destinee Rodriguez is a 19-year-old animation student who is interested in minoring in illustration. She enjoys standing out from the crowd and speaks her mind with her looks, words and art. The idea behind her winning piece was balance; balance between the inside of the bowl with the fish and the demon - being the one owning the delicate creature. She decided to draw this piece after her fellow art students were saying that digital media can hold no emotion and that it's not true art. Thus she created this piece almost as a comeback to prove that one can create something digital that is beautiful and expressive, and that it doesn't always have to be made with a pencil.
My name is Andy Solovyov, I'm originally from Ukraine, but at the moment studying in the U.S. for Computer Science at Dickinson State University. Despite the fact that my major is far from art, it does not prevent me from applying its principles to create something creative. Quite often my programming skills help me in my other hobby - 3D graphics. It’s useful to automate many modeling processes and thus it allows me to make large and detailed projects in the shortest possible time. My works are inspired by everything that goes on around me: people, pop culture, and places I travel to. Speaking of traveling, moving to the States has been a turning point in my life and I think it will have an even greater impact on my work in the future as this country combines cultures, customs and architecture from almost every other place on Earth. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be here and also to share my creative experience with others!
Hannah is a Crop and Soil Science major at Colorado State University. Her mother was a high school art teacher and that's where her passion for art began, after school in her mother's classroom. She went on to attend the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston where she began to develop her techniques and came to love painting. She expresses her admiration for nature and the human figure by bringing elements of both together in her work. Her passion for nature and sustainable agriculture came from her work experience farming in southern Texas and then Italy. She believes industrial agriculture is a significant contributor to climate change and that finding viable solutions to our food production issues will be critical in the coming years. She hopes to use her degree to teach others about the benefits of sustainable agriculture so they can use these practices to help improve their lives and the world.
Hector majors in Film and Commercial Photography. He studied film even before he declared Film as a major by reading articles, watching videos, and carefully studying professionals on film sets. He is extremely passionate about filmmaking which is why he and his brother, Brownie, started a YouTube channel called "Fresh Brownie" where they are in full control of making entertaining content for all viewers of different backgrounds. Hector and his brother Brownie post content weekly by putting dance choreographed routines, cooking segments, travel vlogs, and short films. Hector one day strives to inspire other kids through filmmaking and give back to the community with opportunities such as scholarships or charities.