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3 Scholarships Awarded at Cincinnati Art Show - And 2 Go to NKU Students

Two NKU students will be honored at the 48th annual Hyde Park Square Art Show in Cincinnati in October and both are celebrating the scholarships that come with the honor.

Devan Horton and Adam Schmidt will be two of the three area recipients of the 2014 Hyde Park Art Scholarships. Each year, three students majoring in some form of the arts from local universities are awarded $2,500 scholarships to apply to their college tuition.

Horton is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in painting and Schmidt is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in sculpture and a degree in art education.

“It’s really great and I’m thankful that people understand the arts and respect their importance in the community,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt learned about the scholarship from an adviser and Horton, searching for any sort of scholarship, learned about the opportunity from a professor. During the interview process that led to their acceptance, each student presented three pieces of work.

Schmidt presented a wooden sculpture, a wooden, ceramic and bronze sculpture, as well as a multimedia painting.

Horton presented a self-portrait that focused more on her “self-identity,” an abstract piece with photo transfers that represents her brother’s struggles with the legal system and an abstract piece inspired by the works of one of her favorite artists.
 
Each of the pieces presented during the application process will also be shown during the art show, which is the largest one-day art show in the tri-state area. The show features more than 200 local artists in nearly every medium imaginable. The opportunity could change a lot for both artists, and Horton “hopes it opens a lot of doors” for her.

   Adam Schmidt's self-portrait was one of the pieces he submitted. (Photo from NKU)

Adam Schmidt’s self-portrait was one of the pieces he submitted. (Photo from NKU)

 
“It means a lot because not only will my pieces be looked at by other people but since I won the scholarship they’ll be all ‘oh who won the scholarship?’ so they’ll really be seeking out my stuff,” Horton said.
 
Schmidt is excited for what the show could bring as well.
 
“The exposure could lead to bigger and better things,” Schmidt said.
 
Both Schmidt and Horton are grateful for the scholarship and intend to put it to good use to further their education at NKU. As they prepare for the show and their final year of higher education, they’re both looking forward to the future of their careers in art.
 
“I’m just hoping to get more exposure in the community, that would be excellent,” Schmidt said.
 
Horton is also looking to the future and not just getting her work out more, but taking a new direction in her work moving from self-identity to a look more into the world of psychology.
 
“My last piece I did was called the hypochondriac and I have a psychology background because originally I was going into art therapy,” Horton said. “So I have all that knowledge so I might as well use it.”

The Hyde Park Square Art Show will occur Sunday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schmidt and Horton’s works will appear throughout that day.
 
This story was written by Nancy Curtis, a marketing and communications intern with Northern Kentucky University.

Title photo: Devan Horton’s “Fountain” depicts Cincinnati’s Fountain Square. (Photo from NKU)