Ringling College of Art and Design held its 21st annual Trustee Scholar Awards last weekend, honoring 13 students representing each major plus the Office of Student Life. This year’s theme was “Transformations,” intended to recognize the creative development of these young artists and the transformative power of their work.
The Trustee Scholarship is the highest honor awarded by Ringling’s Board of Trustees, and bestows a $5,000 scholarship on each winner. Two third-year students from each major and Student Life are nominated each year to be reviewed by the Board, based on “Exceptional talent and distinction of mind,” “Contribution to the department, College and/or community” and “Leadership, citizenship and mentorship.”
Ringling’s 2015-16 Trustee Scholars include Luiza Alaniz (Computer Animation), Jasmine Fernandez (Motion Design), Justine Hamer (Game Art) and Kevin Whitmeyer (Game Art). Also recognized this year were Sara Bicknell (Student Life), Ben Bryant (Graphic Design), Irene Garibay (Fine Arts), Lauren Gayle (Interior Design), Nikelle Mackey (Business of Art and Design), Tebello Mosenene (Advertising Design), Kade O’Casey (Illustration), Robert Payne (Film) and Rebecca Sabowski (Photography and Imaging).