2018–2019 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship winners
2018–2019 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship winners
2018–2019 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship winners

The 2018–2019 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship jurors met in June 2018 and reviewed more than 200 applications from students attending art and design programs at colleges and universities across the country. Fifteen scholarships and two honorable mentions were granted to an outstanding group of applicants in four categories, through the generous support of sponsors including the AIGA-Tomoko Miho Fund, Coyne Family Foundation, Secunda Family Foundation, an anonymous donation in support of the fine art category, and small donations. For the first time, select AIGA chapters have also awarded scholarships to deserving students in their area. 

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Work by Abisola Ashamu. "As a woman, I have been shown through television shows, history books, and biology books that it’s okay for me to be weak and fragile. As a black woman, my family and society have told me otherwise. I want to use art to explain my insecurity and show others how complex the black woman deserves to be."

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Design work by Christian Alejandre

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Work by Ashley Fletcher. Part of a campaign for a workshop weekend, the Adversity Redefined Symposium was designed with the intention of bringing different disciplines together through typography and imagery.

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Work by Cameron Collins. "I have studied art for as long as I can remember. I hope to one day teach art in a serious art program or school and become a lifelong mentor to up-and-coming fellow artists from Chicago."

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Work by Carla Nunez-Hernandez. "This series of illustrations depicts young women of color in positions of contemplation within a natural environment. My illustrations explore the beauty of childhood experiences by igniting conversations about identity and self-making within diasporic communities."

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Illustrations by Luis Castaneda

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Work by Catalina Olvera. "I created a t-shirt design for a summer event in Rock Hill. It was chosen as a SWAG object that will be given to the participants and visitors. It emphasizes the river walk and river that the participants will be using."

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Work by Christian Hincapie. "When I immigrated to the U.S. as a child, making connections between seemingly unrelated subjects was a way to make sense of my displacement. The goal of my work is to create an understanding of the mechanisms of power imbued in our surroundings and in objects we encounter every day."

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Work by Christopher McCready. "My art focuses on androgyny and the fluid aspects of gender when unconstrained by societal norms. In this piece, I became a character like my first piece, secretively putting on makeup. The character is away from everyone and everything, hidden from stigma and shame."

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Photography by Cameron Durham

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Work by Elaine Lopez. "Group Therapy Program Posters inspired by 16 hours of recordings from a theater company's group therapy session to probe the inner workings of long-term collaboration.The posters use text from the performance to bring to life themes discovered in therapy."

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Work by Eve Moreno. "The role photography has taken in my life directly shaped the relationships I have with my immediate community, and the communities that transcend national borders. enrolled in an after-school digital arts club where I met Terry, a queer woman who guided the class through the lens of photography. These works captured my attention because they reflected my internalized truths back to me for the very first time. I knew after this that I needed to support communities that had similar truths to my own identity by creating multi-media art about us, and by us."

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Design work by Andres Garcia

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Illustrations by Wereme Guerra-Martinez

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Design work by Stedman Halliday

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Work by Jade Martin. "The woman is Madelaine Petsch from the show 'Riverdale'. I believe that she is an admirable woman due to her strong and confident character on the show, and off the show."

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Work by Jared Maire. "Set Your Sights On Total Freedom was illustrated out of a desire to contribute to the Times Up movement. As a survivor, I wanted to visually explore ways to communicate the need for accountability and positive support systems."

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Photography by Malaika Kambon

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Work by Kiana Fowlkes. "Mock Up Cover for I AM Magazine."

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Work by Kym Khoa Nguyen. "One of the principles of ecological design states that experiential perspective for livable and sustainable cities includes the density between work and living spaces. I used repetitive patterns in the work to represent the effect of tailoring density and design specifications to different sizes. I strongly believe that a beautiful city shouldn’t only be beautiful aesthetically, but also should bring ecologically effective."

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Work by Larissa Van Nynatten. ""Peers", Colored Pencil and Marker, 40" x 32."

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Work by Malaika Kambon. "My photojournalism has been predominantly self-taught and I love my work. However one cannot rest—there are too many stories out here to be told."

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Interactive design work by Kawing Ng

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Work by Panteha Abareshi. "In my work I am focused on making pieces that accurately capture the realities of mental illness and visually equate struggles from depression and anxiety to displays of physical pain. The women I draw represent struggle and confusion but they also epitomize strength. There is strength in vulnerability; there is power is admitting that you are broken down."

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Work by Percy Lam. "My current artwork is a response to being an immigrant from Hong Kong to United States and the experience of dislocation. The candy form and wrapper colors reminded me of buildings and lights in Hong Kong. I am an immigrant watching from a distance as my homeland is changed under the governing by mainland China."

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Design work by Sadie Red Wing

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Illustrations by Devon Rodriguez

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Illustrations by Bryant Santamaria

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Work by Terrance Purdy. "The urge to create something beautiful and with meaning keeps me up at night. My goal is to portray the beauty amongst all the negative stereotypes and to inspire young black kids that pursuing art is powerful, and that we have the power to create change in an innovative and liberating way."

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Design work by Myles Thompson

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Work by Tyler Dehaarte. "Living in New York, I was always hit by the negative images about black communities through films, ads, and the news. However, what I saw in my community were families, people, schools, and love. My photos of Ron Des, a Brooklyn Barber, showcased craftsmanship and dedication to a job that is much more than just cutting hair for black boys and men. He has created a safe haven for boys and men of color because with each line he creates, he is also creating layers of confidence to face the world."

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Work by Vivian Le. "Surreal painting that pushes the boundries of taking risks but distorting the face by cutting up the portrait and rearranging it."

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Design work by Yathrib Ragsdale

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Photography by Esther Young

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Work by Zemoria Mathis. "One of my favorite projects is a zine I created called Femme Noir that coincides with an eight-page research paper that discussed my point of view on the hyper-sexualization of the black female body. This spread references the stereotype that all black people speak in ebonics or have low education."

2018–2019 recipients and honorable mentions

Graphic Design

Elaine LopezElaine Lopez
Graduate student, Rhode Island School of Design
Coyne Family Foundation award

Jared MaireJared Maire
Junior, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Secunda Family Foundation award

Zemoria MathisZemoria Mathis
Junior, Maryland Institute College of Art
Coyne Family Foundation award

 

Illustration

Panteha AbareshiPanteha Abareshi
Sophomore, University of Southern California
PATH Foundation award

Cameron CollinsCameron Collins
Sophomore, Rhode Island School of Design
Secunda Family Foundation award

Carla Nunez-HernandezCarla Nunez-Hernandez
Senior, Maine College of Art
Coyne Family Foundation award

 

Fine art

Christian HincapieChristian Hincapie
Graduate student, Rutgers University New Brunswick
Rebecca Moore award

Christopher McCreadyChristopher McCready
Freshman, Cooper Union
Rebecca Moore award

Percy LamPercy Lam
Graduate student, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Rebecca Moore award

Abisola AshamuAbisola Ashamu
Freshman, Rhode Island School of Design
Rebecca Moore honorable mention

 

Photography

Tyler DehaarteTyler Dehaarte
Sophomore, Parsons School of Design
Coyne Family Foundation award

Eve MorenoEve Moreno
Sophomore, University of California San Diego
AIGA Tomoko Miho award

Terrance PurdyTerrance Purdy
Graduate student, School of Visual Arts
Coyne Family Foundation award

Malaika KambonMalaika Kambon
Sophomore, Berkeley City College
AIGA honorable mention

 

AIGA chapter awards

For the first time, AIGA chapters awarded scholarships to deserving students in their area. Meet the recipients below.

Ashley FletcherAshley Fletcher
Maryland Institute College of Art
AIGA DC Continuum Fund award

Kiana FowlkesKiana Fowlkes
University of the District of Columbia
AIGA DC Continuum Fund award

Vivian LeVivian Le
Central Texas College
AIGA Austin Continuum Fund award

Jade MartinJade Martin
University of Northern Colorado
AIGA Colorado Continuum Fund award

Catalina OlveraCatalina Olvera
Winthrop University
AIGA Charlotte Continuum Fund award

Van NynattenLarissa Van Nynatten
Savannah College of Art and Design
AIGA Atlanta Continuum Fund award

 

 

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