March 15, 2011.  Martine Bertin-Peterson, ARTsmart president, announced today that ARTsmart, a nonprofit organization, is requesting submissions for the organization’s scholarship given to a deserving high-school senior who plans to pursue art or art education as a career.

“We are looking for exceptional New Mexico students from public, charter, and private high schools, as well as home-schooled students who have applied to and been accepted by an accredited art school,” Bertin-Peterson explains, adding,  “Typically, such students are recommended by their art teachers.”

ARTsmart Scholarship Endowment. In 2007 ARTsmart established a Scholarship Endowment. Each year a panel comprising professional artists, members of the Santa Fe Gallery Association, and art educators reviews the student portfolios, selecting one to receive a $4,000 stipend for art school tuition.  Future stipends are made as funds are available.  Students must demonstrate good standing at the college of their choice and continue their studies in an art-related field in order to maintain scholarship eligibility.

Portfolio Requirements. Students are requested to supply the following information:

  • Recommendation Letter. A letter outlining the applicant’s achievements written by an academic teacher and/or advisor.
  • Artist’s Statement. A letter from the student applicant indicating what school they have chosen and why they have chosen it, as well as the field of art they plan to pursue.
  • Portfolio of Artwork. A minimum of six artwork reproductions, printed on hard copy or digital images on a disk.  One example of an actual artwork.
  • Submissions. Materials should be delivered to Diane Deane, ARTsmart Managing Director, 102 East Water, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Deadline. The deadline for submission of  materials is April 29, 2011. Following the portfolio review, applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by May 16, 2011.

Additional Presentations. The recipient of the scholarship may be asked to make a presentation to the ARTsmart Board of Directors about his/her art and how he/she plans to use the scholarship.  Additionally, the recipient is required to correspond with the board at the end of their first year about experiences and achievements.