The Reynolds Family & Attleboro Arts Museum Edmonia Lewis Art Education Scholarship

 

 

The Attleboro Arts Museum is honored to commemorate the life, work, and exceptional talent of artist Edmonia Lewis by launching the Edmonia Lewis Art Education Scholarship. The scholarship is funded by The Reynolds Family and the Museum and is open to African American children, teens, adults, and adult/child pairs. It is administered by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee of Greater Attleboro.

 

The Edmonia Lewis Art Education Scholarship is designed to assist students in obtaining visual art instruction and exposure to the wonders and challenges of art and art-making. No previous experience in an art studio is required to apply. 

 

The Review Committee typically selects 1-4 full tuition scholarships per year.  Art classes will range in size from a one-day workshop to a multiple-week, hands-on art studio experience.  Please keep in mind that the first Edmonia Lewis Scholarship will be awarded for the WINTER 2019 session.  

 

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About Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis was the first sculptor of African American and Native American descent to achieve international recognition. Her father was African American, and her mother was Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indian. Orphaned at an early age, Lewis grew up in her mother’s tribe.

 

In 1859, she attended Oberlin College in Ohio, one of the first schools to accept female and black students. She developed an interest in the fine arts, but an accusation of poisoning, believed to be racially motivated, forced Lewis to leave the school before graduating. She traveled to Boston and established herself as a professional artist, studying with a local sculptor and creating portraits of famous antislavery heroes.

 

Moving to Rome in 1865, she became involved with a group of American women sculptors and began to work in marble.

In addition to creating busts, Lewis sculpted biblical scenes and figurative works dealing with her Native American heritage and the oppression of African American people.

 

Download an Edmonia Lewis Scholarship Application

 

Please deliver the completed application and all required supplementary material to:

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee of Greater Attleboro, P.O. Box 461, Norton, MA 02766, or e-mail to mlkgreaterattleboro@gmail.com

All applicants will be notified of scholarship award results 6-8 weeks after receipt of a complete application.

 

Please keep in mind that the first Edmonia Lewis Scholarship will be awarded for the WINTER 2019 session.  

 

 

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