PCC student receives Art Guild of Person County scholarship

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The Art Guild of Person County presented its scholarship to Piedmont Community College student Storm McNeal during the April 3 reception at the opening of the PCC student art exhibit at the Kirby Gallery. Toni Garrett of the Art Guild presented the scholarship along with an Art Guild student membership.

A graduate of Person High School, McNeal aspires to be a pilot and an artist. He has been a work study student for PCC art instructor Amy Levine, who describes him as one of the most respectful and helpful students she has ever taught.

In addition to the awards presented to McNeal, the Art Guild also honored five PCC students with its student memberships for the year. These students were: Jeremy Solomon, Hyejin (Herena) Eom, Patrick McCoy, Nicole Lagaly, and Lana Frazier.

This year’s scholarship was funded in part by donations from the family of the late Patty Jean Boyette, who was an artist and an Art Guild member.

The Art Guild awarded its first scholarship in 2011 after Ken and Marlene Coulter donated prize money they had won at Artfest to help a PCC Fine Arts student. The first scholarship was awarded to Morgan Ayers, and free Art Guild memberships were awarded to several students.

In her remarks about PCC’s Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) program at the opening, art instructor Amy Levine said this year’s group of art students has “a stand-out quality” and has “gone a step farther with experimentation, taking chances, looking at contemporary art, and relating it to their own experiences, and thus producing thought-provoking and original work.”

“When you see the work I this room, you may see successful, interesting, beautiful artwork,” she said of the student exhibit. “I see the culmination of a long process of learning, experimenting, failing, brushing the failures aside and ultimately succeeding.”

This year, due to renovations at the Kirby Learning Studios in uptown Roxboro, art classes were held on PCC’s Person County Campus. “We have been warmly welcomed back on campus and have a great space with which to create art. And you can tell that by just looking around,” said Levine.

The PCC student art exhibit will continue at the Kirby Gallery through the end of the month.

Also during the event, other PCC scholarship recipients had the opportunity to meet their scholarship donors and other College officials. The recipients and donors were recognized in remarks by Elizabeth Townsend, Executive Director, PCC Foundation.



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PCC art student Storm McNeal, center, received a scholarship from the Art Guild of Person County, represented by Crystal Hardt, Guild member-at-large, at left, and Toni Garrett, Guild treasurer.


Representatives of the 2013-2014 PCC Foundation scholarship recipients were recognized during the PCC student art exhibit at the Kirby Gallery. They had an opportunity to meet and thank their scholarship donors.


The Art Guild of Person County presented free one-year Art Guild memberships to PCC art students, pictured from left: Storm McNeal, Patrick McCoy, Hyejin (Herena) Eom, Jeremy Solomon, and Nicole Lagaly. Not pictured is recipient Lana Frazier.