Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts announced today that Carlin Felt has won the Wardlaw Prize for Excellence in Two-dimensional Art, and Adam Gu has won the Wardlaw Prize for Excellence in Sculpture. Both seniors at the College, Felt is originally from Utah, Gu from China. Pictured top right is Self-Portrait by Felt, and below is Bust of Ben Gaucher by Gu.
The new prizes were established by long-time supporters Dr. Stephen Wardlaw and Lynne Wardlaw of Lyme, CT. Each award carries a cash prize of $5,000. Awards were based on the quality of art work, academic standing, and merit of the written statements. Award-winners were selected by faculty chairs and the Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Stephen Wardlaw summarized the philosophy that he and his wife share about why they are offering the prizes: “Talent is the rarest thing in the world.” The intent of the Wardlaw Prizes is simply “To help find it and nurture it.”
Lyme Academy College students planning to graduate in May 2011 were eligible to apply for the awards. To be considered, students were required to submit a digital portfolio of their art work, a written statement articulating their ambitions for their senior year, and how the award will help them to achieve their goals.
Stephen and Lynne Wardlaw have been supporters of the College for, in Dr. Wardlaw’s words, “Well over 10 years,” and during that time have given numerous scholarships to individual students. This year they decided, “To do something different,” and after extensive conversations with College President Debra Petke, the Wardlaws decided that establishing these prizes was their preferred approach.
Dr. Wardlaw explained that their intent in offering the awards was “To assist the students financially, to provide additional impetus [to their studies] and to help the school as well.” Asked why they have given so generously to the College for so many years, he responded, “We love the arts and the College is a wonderful, local institution.”