June 17 2010

Wardlaw Prizes for Excellence Established

Long-time supporters of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Dr. Stephen Wardlaw and Lynne Wardlaw of Lyme, Connecticut, have established two new prizes for students at the College.

Known as the Wardlaw Prize for Excellence in Sculpture and the Wardlaw Prize for Excellence in Two-Dimensional Art, each award carries a cash prize of $5,000.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts students planning to graduate in May 2011 may apply for the awards in September 2010. To be considered, students must submit a digital portfolio of their artwork, 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 route.
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.” 

The Wardlaw Prizes are not necessarily intended to establish a personal connection between donors and recipients but “It’s nice if it happens”. Commenting that he and his wife regard these awards as “Just another way of helping” Stephen Wardlaw summarized the philosophy that he and his wife share about why they are offering them. “Talent is the rarest thing in the world.” The intent of the Wardlaw Prizes is simply “To help find it and nurture it.”

Applications for the prizes will be reviewed in September by the chairs of the academic departments, who will recommend to the Dean at least one finalist for each prize by September 30, 2010.  Prizes will be awarded based on the quality of artwork, academic standing, and the merit of the written statements.  Recipients of the Wardlaw Prizes will be notified by October 8, 2010, and a public announcement made shortly after.



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