2019–2020 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship Winners

The jurors of the 2019–2020 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship reviewed more than 200 applications from students attending art and design programs at colleges and universities across the country. Nine scholarships and seven honorable mentions awards were granted to applicants whose work focuses on social, environmental, and cultural impact in three categories: Illustration, Photography, and Graphic Design.

Each student has a remarkable story and has demonstrated talent along with a commitment to giving back to their community through their work. They are raising awareness about mental illness, bullying, and immigration; co-founding young artist initiatives in urban centers; documenting disappearing cultures in coastal regions; creating safe spaces for at-risk populations; sharing stories of identity that are hidden in society; and providing access to affordable art and design services to local nonprofits. We are thrilled to announce this year's recipients!

This program would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. Special thanks to the Jean and Richard Coyne Family Foundation, the Elno Family Foundation, and the supporters of the AIGA Design Continuum Fund. Participating chapters included AIGA DC and AIGA Charlotte, for the second year in a row. Their work to develop a culture of giving in their community supports local students pursuing a design education.

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2019 Jurors

Worldstudio:

  • Mark Randall
  • Tom Koken

Graphic Design category:

  • George Garrastegui Jr., Creative Strategy at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology
  • Dian Holton, Deputy Art Director at AARP Media
  • Lee-Sean Huang, Design Education Manager at AIGA + Co-founder and Creative Director of Foossa
  • Shani Sandy, Executive Creative Director at S&P Global

Illustration category:

  • Marcos Chin, award winning Illustrator
  • Rodrigo Honeywell, Art Director at The New York Times
  • Melanie Reim, Chairperson of the MFA in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology + Education Chair at The Society of Illustrators

Photography category:

  • Alexander Ayer, French-American Photographer/Videographer
  • Claudia Grimaldi Marks, Senior Art Director at Getty Images

2019–2020 Scholarship and Honorable Mention Recipients

Graphic Design
Kalila Jones
Kalila Jones

Freshman, Temple University

Category: Graphic Design

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship 

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@leedleloodledoodles

“In the 11th grade I decided to push myself to do an art challenge for Black History Month in which I drew a figure in Black History each day during the month. My goal was to grow stronger in the digital arts as well as to learn more about people who also spent their lives trying to make a positive impact in the lives of others.”

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Richa Mishra
Richa Mishra

Senior, University of Maryland, College Park

Category: Graphic Design

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship - AIGA DC

AIGA DC Design Continuum Fund Award

@richamishraa_  | Richa Mishra

“I want my illustrations to speak volumes to women who struggle to find beauty in their skin, and who feel unsupported and marginalized by the western standards of beauty.”

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Keymoni Sakil-Slack
Keymoni Sakil-Slack

Freshman, North Carolina State University

Category: Graphic Design

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship - AIGA Charlotte

AIGA Charlotte Design Continuum Fund Award

@kayvizor  | Keymoni Sakil-Slack

“In the future, I plan to open up an advertising agency that uses its brand to affect global change… my company will also serve to promote gender and ethnic excellence.”

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Jessica Sanchez
Jessica Sanchez

Senior, University of Texas at Arlington

Category: Graphic Design

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@j.sanchez.design | @yessiichula | @chicle.zine | Jessica Sanchez

“I strive to be a strong woman of color that can influence and inspire the younger generations of women of color.”

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Seana Aiolupotea
Seana Aiolupotea

Senior, Lesley University

Category: Graphic Design

AIGA Worldstudio Honorable Mention

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@alohaitsseana  | Seana Aiolupotea

“I want to give a platform to members of the Samoan community, whose culture is not represented often enough. I also plan to explore the stigma of mental illness within Polynesian cultures and how this impacts the people who have to live with these mental illnesses.”

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Monica Caicedo
Monica Caicedo

Freshman, The Cooper Union

Category: Graphic Design

AIGA Worldstudio Honorable Mention 

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

“One of my greatest goals is to represent the chubby-curly-haired-brown girls that I was never able to experience growing up.”

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Jared Maire
Jared Maire

Senior, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Category: Graphic Design

AIGA Worldstudio Honorable Mention

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@Polyesterforever  | @revoltingqueers

“I will continue to work with my community by developing a creative studio that focuses on social justice and queer empowerment through art and education.”

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Illustration
Juliette Lange
Juliette Lange

Freshman, Wellesley College

Category: Illustration

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@jules_m_lange 

“As I have learned, identity is the ignition and inspiration that develops truly fantastic ideas. I will work alongside other driven unconventional artists to work to develop this narrative into the new normal.”

 

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Sasha Mosquera
Sasha Mosquera

Freshman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Category: Illustration

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@sasha_mosquera 

“As part of my creative process, instead of painting portraits of individuals with psychological disorders, I connect the personality of friends and myself to the characteristics and symptoms of different mental disorders.“

“My goal is to build awareness by encompassing viewers into my work or by creating interactive art so that the viewer may be directly impacted and influenced.”

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Joshua You
Joshua You

Freshman, Art Center College of Design

Category: Illustration

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@joshua.you 

“Art relaxed and comforted my loneliness and struggles of adapting to a new country, new people, and new cultures.”

“In the future, I will be continuously producing illustrious media that can spread positive inspirations and deliver meaningful messages, thoughts, and emotions to the world.”

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Cameron Collins
Cameron Collins

Junior, Rhode Island School of Design

Category: Illustration

AIGA Worldstudio Honorable Mention

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@collins_cameron | @CAMCOLLINS999

“As a co-founder of young artist initiative in Chicago called TACO;  Teen Artist Creative Oasis, we help expose teenage artist and their work in different venues throughout Chicago.”

“There are very few African-American art teachers at the high school and college level in Chicago and I want to help fill that void.”

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Christopher Karr
Christopher Karr

Freshman, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Category: Illustration

AIGA Worldstudio Honorable Mention

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@chris_a_4 

“My work is inspired by various types of Mexican populations and cultures.“

“My city does not have an art studio, and I am determined to change that. In the future I would like to introduce more children to painting by teaching at my own art studio in San Juan, Texas.”

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Photography
Jendayi Ingram
Jendayi Ingram

Freshman, California College of Arts (San Francisco)

Category: Photography

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@Jxndxyi_ 

“My show consisted of a series of photographs incorporating dance and my African-American identity/heritage. I called my exhibition “The Turning Pointe” because my purpose in creating the exhibition was to turn the focus onto primarily African American ballet dancers who hadn’t previously been recognized for their talents in the dance world.”

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Logan Poe
Logan Poe

Freshman, Fashion Institute of Technology

Category: Photography

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship 

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@poe.logan | @poelogann | Logan Poe

“My camera gave me a voice, an outlet that I hadn’t had before. And I will be forever grateful to this craft.”

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Trent Bozeman
Trent Bozeman

Graduate Student, Arizona State University

Category: Photography

AIGA Worldstudio Honorable Mention

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award

@TRENTBOZEMAN 

“I plan to embark on meaningful projects that delve into socio-economic issues in America, primarily those hindering people of color such as income-wealth inequality, immigration, and gender/sexual violence.”

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Denver Carneiro
Denver Carneiro

Sophomore, Ohio University

Category: Photography

AIGA Worldstudio Honorable Mention

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Award and Elno Family Foundation Award

@denver.bastion

“I am currently working on a publication with Texas artist Mack B. called Operation Compassion where we will bring awareness to bullying, identity, gender, sexual orientation, trans youth homelessness, etc.”

“In my future I will be working on providing artistic outlets and building safe havens for homeless youth and LGBTQIA+ youth.”

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