Martine Bertin-Peterson, president of ARTsmart, a 50lc3 organization, announced the recipients of ARTsmart’s 2011 scholarships. “This is the fifth year ARTsmart has awarded the Art Changes Lives $4,000 scholarship to a Santa Fe senior who will be pursuing the fine arts in college,” Bertin-Peterson said. “Cheyenne Catron Cardell, a student at Santa Fe Preparatory School, displayed a remarkable portfolio of paintings and drawings that captured the attention of the judges. Her letters of recommendation extolled her passion, creativity, and work ethic.”

Cheyenne (I Met the Ghost, by Cheyenne at left)  has been accepted at the School of Visual Arts at Kenyon College, Gambier, OH.  “I think in images and have chronicled my life in sketchbooks since age 7. I am well aware of the power that art has to change and capture emotions. I know who I want to be when I create art,” she has written. Included in her resume are numerous awards and  volunteering for Santa Fe’s Fine Art for Children and Teens and Habitat for Humanity.

ARTsmart’s Envisioning the Future $500 stipend for books and materials was awarded to Aaron Ross, a senior at Monte Del Sol Charter School. A builder, sculptor and jeweler, Aaron will be attending Santa Fe University of Art and Design.  Aaron has also volunteered for numerous nonprofits, including Big Sky Learning Co. “Volunteering is the best way to get involved and start new experiences,” he said.

Also awarded this year were $1,000 scholarships to past recipients: Elena Valdez (2008), Corey Mandel (2009), and Rebecca Birken (2010).  “We are especially proud to announce that our first scholarship recipient, Da Young Jung, who received a total of $7,000 from 2007-2010, has graduated from New York’s School of the Visual Arts in the field of illustration,” Bertin-Peterson said, adding, “Since 2007 ARTsmart as donated $29,750 in student scholarships.”

The selection committee included: Bertin-Peterson, owner of The Peterson-Cody Gallery; Jackie M, director of education & public programs at the O’Keeffe Museum; Mary Harbour, ARTsmart board member and chair of children’s projects; Diane Deane, ARTsmart managing director, and Deborah Fritz, owner of Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art and GF Contemporary, ARTsmart board member and representative of the Santa Fe Gallery Association.