Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) presented its Edith Baker Art Scholarship to Fernando Johnson of Brookhaven College at a reception on Friday, Sept. 21 at Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving, Texas. Art by Johnson and the six finalists from all seven DCCCD campuses will be exhibited through Nov. 18 at Irving Arts Center. Call (972) 252-7558 or visit irvingartscenter.com for more information.
The other finalists are Arjoon KC of North Lake College, William Benitez of Eastfield College, Jessica Braddock of Richland College, Jonathan Gruchawka of Cedar Valley College, Hannah Tyler of Mountain View College, and Candy Warth of El Centro College.
The Scholarship includes a check for $2,500, a mentorship, an internship and an artist studio visit. The jury for the EBAS was Edith Baker, Kenneth Craighead, Steve Green, Marcie Inman, Sue Flynn and Lisa Taylor. Winners to date have included Michelle Reyes, Brian Hauser, Maria Cortes, Pepper Ellett, Gustavo Galvan and Everett Brown.
Fernando Johnson graduated from The University of North Texas in 2008, with his B.F.A. in painting and drawing. Most of his work up until that time consisted of process-oriented paintings where he would layer different materials, scrape away sections, and then layer again. Shortly after receiving his B.F.A. he decided he would like to teach fine arts at the college level, but he wanted to focus on strengthening his portfolio first. He started taking ceramic classes at Brookhaven, because of prior classes he had taken at North Texas. Through his work in clay he came to appreciate process and conceptual ideas tied to ceramic art. At that point he started working in sculpture, and eventually with other media. His most current work is in clay as well as video art. He will be applying for graduate school in the spring of 2013, and continue towards a Visual Studies Degree.
About The Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund
To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship fund honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c)(3), financially benefits a student pursuing the study of visual arts along with giving that student a gallery internship, a mentor and an artist studio visit. The Fund also presents a career fair at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, two juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College students’ artwork, a docent-training program, biannual educational events, and participates in Art Chicas and Art Chicos at La Reunion TX.